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Stieglitz vs. Sartison on April 9th

By Jim Dower: WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KO’s) will be defending his title against World WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KO’s) in a mildly interesting fight at the Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.

This is a fight that will interest more European boxing fans and hardcore fans than the casual variety, because both Stieglitz and Sartison have been beaten before in the past and aren’t considered among the very top fighters in the super middleweight division. They are both top fighters, but they are clearly a rung below guys like Carl Froch, Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Lucian Bute, Glen Johnson, and Arthur Abraham.

Stieglitz has done well since being easily beaten by Librado Andrade in 2008, and has picked up a number of wins, albeit against less than household names. He’s beaten guys like Enrique Ornelas, Karoly Balzsay and Edouard Gutknecht. However, those wins are kind of empty given that none of them are on the same level as the Super Six tournament contestants. When Stieglitz fought Andrade, he got dominated in every way and looked way over his head in that fight. Stieglitz has come back from that defeat but he still hasn’t proven that he belongs as a champion.

Sartison was previously beaten by Mikkel Kessler in a one-sided 12th round knockout in 2008. Sartinson has won his last five fights but against nothing but European opposition.

This fight is hard to predict. Stieglitz punches harder and is a lot tougher but Sartison is the better boxer of the two. Stieglitz has problems with pressure fighters, but it’s doubtful that Sartison will try to pressure Stieglitz in any real way. He’ll fight the wrong fight and likely lose.

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