Arthur Abraham didn't like the idea of people questioning his controversial hometown victory over Edison Miranda, so two years later he came stateside to make it official. Abraham thrice dropped Miranda, who fell back into his unfortunate habit of dirty fighting to no avail. After the third knockdown of the fourth round the referee decided that he'd seen enough. After the fight Abraham pitched himself to the American audience in his earnest broken English while calling out Kelly Pavlik and Oscar de la Hoya. Whomever he fights, Abraham should have a great future in the US. Continue after the jump for the undercard and overseas action...
• Marquez def. Lorenzo (UD). It was supposed to be the fight that vaulted the highly touted (overrated) Giovanni Lorenzo into a fight for Arthur Abraham's IBF belt, but it ended as a costly lesson at the hands of a veteran. Lorenzo controlled the early rounds with his hand speed and ring generalship before he was pulled away from his gameplan by former title holder Raul Marquez. The American southpaw refused to allow himself to be countered into oblivion, relying on an aggressive attack with plenty of rough tactics and general guile. Lorenzo eventually got dirty, going so far as to draw a point deduction for a blatant head butt to a cut with questionable origins. At 37 Marquez once again finds himself in line for a title fight, and he certainly earned the right.
• Return of the Viking Warrior. Mikkel Kessler wasn't a part of the Showtime card, but he does factor into the picture. The Dane captured the previously vacant WBA Super Middleweight title with a 12th round stoppage over Dimitri Sartison. Kessler was supposed to fight Miranda, but backed out for unknown reasons. Kessler could very well be in the future for Abraham or possibly Pavlik.
Updates: Abraham's brother Alex was indeed escorted out of the ringside area by security after kicking Miranda while the felled fighter was being checked by doctors. A scuffle broke out, and the Abraham camp should expect a fine. In the post-fight press conference Abraham indicated that he would face Marquez in the mandatory IBF bout before attempting to score a mega-fight with Pavlik. Over in Copenhagen Sartison had to be removed from the ring on a stretcher.