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Abraham vs Stieglitz

Abraham with a lot of options for big fights

By Adrian Soehner: Newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KO’s) is in a great position right now to get a big money fight against some of the other top super middleweights and champions from other divisions after beating WBO super middleweight champ Robert Stieglitz (42-3, 23 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision earlier on Saturday night at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. Abraham’s power came through for him to help him win a posts decision by the scores 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113.

Abraham was expected to win going in and he showed why people favored him by punishing Stieglitz all throughout the fight with hard combinations. Abraham has always been heavy-handed since his days as the IBF middleweight champion, but now he seems to be even more powerful now that he’s matured. That doesn’t mean he’s invincible. He’s far from actually. The win proved little other than showing that Abraham can beat the weakest of the super middleweight champions. But it still won’t keep him from getting a good opponent for his next fight later on in the year. However, Abraham is going to have to choice wisely because he may not get a second title defense if he faces someone too good.

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Sturm wants Abraham-Stieglitz winner

By Marcus Richardson:: WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm is hoping he can get the winner of tonight’s fight between WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham. Sturm has a fight coming up next month on September 1st against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale, and he’s supposed to be defending his title against Gennady Golovkin after that. But it looks like Sturm prefers to face the Abraham vs. Stieglitz winner instead.

Sturm told “I was asked if I would fight the winner and yes, sure, I would. I’m open for that.”

Of course, boxing fans might see this as a way for Sturm to avoid fighting the hard hitting Golovkin, who has been trying to get a fight against Sturm for quite some time. Sturm was able to bypass his fight against Golovkin by fighting a unification bout against Geale on September 1st. However, if Sturm then still doesn’t fight Golovkin and takes on the winner of the Abraham-Stieglitz fight then you have to wonder whether Sturm is avoiding a fight against Golovkin. Continue reading

Abraham-Stieglitz tonight in Germany

By Dwight Chittenden: Tonight, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KO’s) will be defending his title against a desperate former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KO’s) at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. Abraham, 32, is at the ends of his rope and can’t afford another loss after losing badly in three fights in the Super Six tournament against Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward.

It’s no secret that Abraham has struggled since moving up in weight from the 160 pound middleweight division. Although Abraham has done well recently winning his last two fights he’s done it against less than the best opposition to get the title shot against the 31-year-old Stieglitz. As the IBF middleweight champion, Abraham was able to defend the strap 11 times beating the likes of Edison Miranda, Raul Marquez and Lajuan Simon.

However, the knock on Abraham is that he never really faced anyone all that good and his first win over Miranda was highly questionable. You can’t look at Abraham’s resume during the three years that he held the International Boxing Federation middleweight title and wonder why he never fought anyone really dangerous to him like Kelly Pavlik and Felix Sturm. With the less than spectacular opposition he faced at middleweight, it’s not surprising that Abraham found himself struggling when he moved up in weight to the 168 pound division. Continue reading

Abraham looking to take Stieglitz’s WBO belt this Saturday

Tension is in the air ahead of the big super-middleweight world championship fight between Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs) and Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) this Saturday at the o2 World Berlin, Germany. At today’s press conference both fighters were in
good spirits. Current World Boxing Organization (WBO) Champion Robert Stieglitz was seemingly calm and said: “I feel great and I am going to defend my title. My preparations have been going extremely well.” Arthur Abraham was quite relaxed himself. “We don’t talk a lot beforehand. Actions speak louder than words and I am going to answer all questions inside the ring.”

Wilfried and Kalle Sauerland as well as Ulf Steinforth were not as quiet as the two boxers. The promoters openly talked about the good working relationship between both parties. “We are hoping to host more all German fights on home soil,” said Wilfried Sauerland. Ulf Steinforth added: “Boxing in Germany needs these kind of fights.” Also looking forward to Saturday night is promoter Kalle Sauerland who got straight to the point. “It is going to be a real war inside the ring come Saturday 10:45 pm.”

The theme for the big fight “The last chance” was not chosen randomly.

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Abraham takes on Stieglitz on Saturday

Abraham vs StieglitzOnly a few days to go until the o2 World Berlin, Germany turns into a huge boxing arena and the world will be able to see if current World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs) is tough enough to withstand the punching power of Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs).

This Saturday the SES boxer will take on the mandatory challenger, promoted by Team Sauerland. The anticipation for the fight has already been building over the last few weeks, hence the great excitement at today’s public

Right after Jack Culcay, Robin Krasniqi, Serdar Sahin, Dustin Dirks, Tyron Zeuge and Felix Lamm put their current forms on display, it was Arthur Abraham’s turn to show a glimpse of what he will bring to the table on Saturday night. More than 600 spectators came to see the former IBF Middleweight World Champion. Continue reading

Helenius and Huck pick Abraham to beat Stieglitz on Saturday night

by Michael Collins: This Saturday night former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KO’s) is in a must win situation against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KO’s) in their fight at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, in Berlin, Germany. Abraham, 32, has already been easily beaten the three times he stepped up a level and fought quality fighters in the super middleweight division, losing to Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward and Carl Froch. Abraham has since done well in his last two fights, albeit against mediocre fringe contenders and not truly the best in the division.

Stieglitz is a fighter that is clearly not among the top quality in the super middleweight division, but none the less he’s good enough to hold down the WBO strap after picking it up off of Karoly Balzsay three years ago. The fact that an average fighter like Stieglitz has been able to hold down the World Boxing Organization 168 pound title for three years is a good sign of the kind of middle of the road opposition Stieglitz has dined during this time.

The following fighters – Robert Helenius and Marco Huck – all see Abraham taking this fight against Stieglitz on Saturday night. Continue reading

Abraham in critical fight against Stieglitz on August 25th

Arthur Abraham’s (34-3, 27 KOs) big night is getting closer. On August 25 he will take on the reigning WBO Super-Middleweight World Champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs) at the o2 World Berlin, Germany. After several setbacks in the past many experts believe that this could be his last chance to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion in this division. The 32-year-old is currently in Kienbaum, Germany to find the perfect setup for the fight night but took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions. Continue reading

Wegner likes Abraham’s chances against Stieglitz on August 25th

Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) is reaching for a super-middleweight world championship. After two unsuccessful quests – fights against Carl Froch in November 2010 and Andre Ward in May 2011 – he is now aiming to get it right in his third attempt. In order to get the title, the former middleweight champion who climbed up to number one in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) rankings, has to take out the current WBO Champ Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs). Coach Ulli Wegner gave his views on the upcoming fight at the o2 World Berlin, Germany. Continue reading