Arthur Abraham claimed the WBO super middleweight title on Aug. 25, defeating Robert Stieglitz via unanimous decision at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
Stieglitz pushed the pace during their 12-round encounter, but Abraham landed the more damaging shots throughout the fight.
Arthur started the fight a bit slow, but he quickly made the right adjustments as the bout progressed. He opened up a cut above Stieglitz’ right eye in the tenth round, but he faded a bit in the final two rounds. Fortunately for Abraham, he did enough in the earlier rounds to secure the decision.
Judges Noel Monnet and Cesar Ramos scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Arthur Abraham, while Judge Rocky Young scored it 115-113 for the former IBF middleweight champion. I personally thought the fight was a lot closer than the judges did, but I did give Abraham the nod as well.
With a legitimate title around his waist, Abraham has once again established himself as a contender in the 168-pound division.
“It´s such an emotional moment for me right now and I can’t really describe it,” Abraham said after the fight. “I worked hard and concentrated throughout the preparations for this chance and I boxed smart. That’s the secret of this victory.”
Stieglitz was obviously devastated by the loss, but he plans to learn from the experience.
“I have made a lot of mistakes today and from round seven onwards I wasn’t able to see properly through my left eye,” Stieglitz said. “Nevertheless, I continued fighting but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
With a win against Stieglitz, Arthur Abraham feels like he’s back on track, and he wants to avenge his losses. He’s hoping to secure a fight against Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, or Carl Froch – the only three men who have defeated him, in the near future.
If that doesn’t work out, a rematch between against Stieglitz wouldn’t be a bad idea, considering how entertaining their Aug. 25 encounter was.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.