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Abraham gets a title shot against Stieglitz despite having done little to earn it

Arthur Abraham Robert StieglitzBy Allan Fox: Former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 Ko’s) has lost three out of his last six fights, and yet here he is scheduled to fight for the WBO title against World Boxing Organization champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KO’s) on August 25th at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.

Abraham made the mistake of entering the Super Six tournament in 2009, which meant that he had to face nothing but the best fighters over and over again for the next two years. Abraham struggled badly in the tourney, losing three out of the four bouts he took part in. The tournament has ended, and Abraham hasn’t done much since, beating fringe super middleweight contender Pablo Oscar Farias and former EBU super middleweight champion Pitr Wilczewski.

Abraham is probably getting the fight based on name recognition and past accomplishments more than what he’s done recently, because he’s not raced anyone yet that you could call remotely a good fighter.

The fact that Abraham is facing Stieglitz, a fighter that is considered a paper champion in the minds of a lot of boxing fans, is somehow fitting. Stieglitz is very beatable, unlike WBA/WBC champion Andre Ward and IBF champ Carl Froch.

Stieglitz doesn’t have the speed or the boxing ability of Ward. Stieglitz also doesn’t have the power of Carl Froch. What Stieglitz does have a decent boxing skills and a tendency to throw a lot of punches in his fights.

Stieglitz didn’t look so great in his recent 12 round unanimous decision win over Nader Hamdan. Stieglitz was hit a lot in that fight, and he made a very average Hamdan look good because of how poor Stieglitz’s defense was.

Abraham will probably have too much power for Stieglitz, and will likely KO him. However, Stieglitz has a possibility that he can somehow avoid Abraham’s biggest shots by boxing him. It won’t be easy because the kinds of guys that gave Abraham a lot of problems in the Super Six tournament were fast guys like Andre Dirrell and Ward. Abraham also had problems with the long arms of Froch, who was able to keep Abraham helpless on the outside.

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