Turkish top prospect Avni Yildirim is convinced that WBO Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham will defend his title against Robert Stieglitz this Saturday in Halle / Westfalen. “He is in good shape”, said Yildirim after sparring with “King Arhur” last week in Berlin. “Abraham is very experienced but he doesn’t seem to be very hungry anymore. He is more of a business man than a fighter. He wants to make money and he knows that to make even more money he has to beat Stieglitz. I want to thank Arthur Abraham and his trainer Uli Wegner for giving me the chance to do some rounds with the champion. It was a good experience for me. And I think now Abraham knows who Avni Yildirim is and that there is somebody who could take away the belt from him.”
34-year-old former two division world champion Arthur Abraham (38-4, 28 KO’s) will have his career on the line this Saturday night in his rubber match against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (46-3, 26 KO’s) at the GETEC Arena, in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.
Abraham took a beating the last time he fought Stieglitz last year in March in Germany. Stieglitz didn’t do much to win the fight other than throw massive amounts of punches for three rounds until Abraham couldn’t continue due to a badly swollen eye in the 4th round. No secret: Abraham never learned to counter punch or to try and catch his opponents off guard after they’ve committed to a punch. Stieglitz used a primitive but highly effective attack-oriented style to get the better of him last year. It was like watching Aaron Pryor fight. Stieglitz didn’t take any breather’s from his bombardment of Abraham, and he punished him badly with head shots.
By Jeff Sorby: You’ve got to give Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KO’s) a ton of credit tonight for putting together the perfect game plan to stop WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KO’s) in the 4th round in Magdeburg, Germany. Stieglitz’s plan was a simple one. Come out fast and overwhelm Abraham’s turtle shell defense with punches in the first part of the fight.
It worked out perfectly, as Abraham ended up being stopped from a badly swollen left eye after the 3rd round had ended. Abraham’s habit of just covering up in his turtle shell defense to save energy for the later rounds ended up backfiring on him.
By Vladimir S: Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KO’s) came out on fire tonight blasting away at WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-4, 28 KO’s) with punch after punch for the first three rounds, and it paid off by Stieglitz getting a 4th round TKO win after the fight was halted by the advice of the ringside doctor due to Abraham’s left eye closing on Saturday night at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Allemagne, Germany.
Stieglitz looked like he’d put on a lot of muscle and strength from the last time they fought in August of last year when Abraham was the bigger guy. Stieglitz just looked on fire out there. He took the fight to Abraham in a calculated risk that he’d be able to score a knockout before he gassed out and it definitely paid off as Abraham was stopped.
(Photo Wende) By Vladimir S: WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KO’s) and Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KO’s) will be doing it again tonight in a rematch at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Abraham defeated Stieglitz last August by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113, but the German public loved the fight and saw it as a competitive one.
It really wasn’t all that competitive from what I saw. It was one-sided except in the rounds where Abraham, who major stamina problems, needed to take rounds off to rest. When Abraham wasn’t resting, he was winning easily, and it’s hard to get excited about fight that really won’t likely be a competitive one in the true sense.
This fight does give Abraham a chance to hold onto his WBO title for a little while longer than he normally would, because as soon as he faces his #1 WBO challenger George Groves, Abraham can pretty much kiss goodbye his WBO title because he’s going to lose that fight unless he knocks Groves out or is given a controversial win.
By Bill Phanco: Undefeated heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KO’s) will be fighting this Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round bout against Britain’s Michael Sprott (37-19, 17 KO’s) in Helenius’ second fight of his comeback from a serious injury when they meet on the undercard of the Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz 2 fight at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany.
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.
The options for Abraham are as follows:
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 fightnews.com “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.
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.
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.