Robert Stieglitz TKOs Karoly Balzsay!

By Per Ake Persson: Robert Stieglitz won the WBO supermiddle title when champ Karoly Balzsay was retired by trainer and chief cornerman Fritz Sdunek and didn´t come out for the eleventh round. It was Balzsay´s fight until a bad cut opened on the forehead early in the ninth. Stieglitz, behind on points, went to all out war and Balszay, hampered by the cut, lost his timing and had problems seeing the punches coming his way and fell apart probably completely exhausted as well. Stieglitz continued the assault in the tenth and was now the much stronger man. The Hungarian tried to trade with his opponent but was now dead tired. It still came as a surprise that Sdunek threw in the towel as Balzsay wanted to continue but was overruled by his trainer. Karoly left the ring on a stretcher but is said to be ok. He was probably more exhausted than hurt..

Robert Stieglitz is promoted by SES in Magdeburg and has previously lost to Alejandro Berrio and Librado Andrade. For both SES and Stieglitz himself this was a much needed win after several setbacks.

WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei was color commentator for a Hungarian network and appeared to working as hard as the men in the ring. For eight rounds his friend had the fight in the bag - then it all went wrong.

Article posted on 23.08.2009

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