Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz on August 25th
By Scott Gilfoid: After failing miserably in the Super Six tournament where he lost three out of four fights he competed in, former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KO’s) is being given a title shot against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KO’s) on August 25th at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
Abraham, #1 WBO, #2 WBA, #4 IBF, has been given some very generous rankings off of his two wins over little known Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias and Piotr Wilczewski to get another world title shot. I guess it doesn’t matter, because if it wasn’t Abraham it would be some other fighter being given the shot without having done much, but it is still off putting to see a guy that failed as often as Abraham did recently getting a quick title shot along with a #1 ranking by the WBO. Based on the loses he suffered in the Super Six tournament, I think Abraham deserves a bottom 15 ranking and no title shot against anyone.
Stieglitz is pretty mediocre, so Abraham probably can win this fight and then go on a milking run to extend his title as the champion. I can’t see Abraham holding onto the title for more than one fight if he faces anyone good, and there are plenty of guys that would likely easily beat Abraham if given the chance.
Stieglitz, 30, has held the World Boxing Organization 168 pound title since capturing it in August 2009 with an 11th round TKO win over Karoly Balzsay. Stieglitz has defended the title six times against nothing but weak opposition.
These are the guys that Stieglitz has beaten during his time as a champion: Ruben Eduardo Acosta, Eduard Gutknecht, Enrique Ornelas, Khoren Gevor, Henry Weber and Nadar Hamden. Like I said, nothing but weak opposition. Abraham will be a stratospheric leap up in competition and I suspect Stieglitz will fold like he did when was taken out by Librado Andrade in the 8th round in March of 2008.
I just hope that after Abraham beats Stieglitz that Abraham doesn’t sit and milk his title for three years like Stieglitz. That’s really boring when you get one of those types of champion.
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