Arthur Abraham battles Stieglitz on 8/25
By Jason Kim: Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KO’s) is hoping to strike pay dirt on August 25th against WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KO’s) at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
Abraham could have his hands full against 31-year-old Stieglitz, who has done a great job of dominating the less than stellar opposition that the World Boxing Organization has ranked in their top 15 in the past three years. Stieglitz has wins over Nadar Hamdan, Henry Weber, Khoren Gevor, Enrique Ornelas, Eduard Gutknecht and Ruben Eduardo Acosta in the last two years while defending his WBO 168 pound title. As you can see for yourself, Stieglitz hasn’t exactly been going out of his way to fight anyone that you could consider dangerous until now. However, Stieglitz is still a good fighter, but obviously not on the same level as the top super middleweights. However, Stieglitz might still be good enough to defeat Abraham, because he’s pretty limited in size, speed and technique.
Abraham is still easy to predict when he’s about to attack his opponents. He still waits until the last seconds of every round before he launches into an all out assault. It’s a wonder that his opponents don’t catch on to what he’s doing and stay away from him in the last part of the round to avoid him trying to steal the rounds.
The 32-year-old Abraham’s career looked all but dead a year ago after losing a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the Super Six tournament. For Abraham, that had been his third defeat in his last four fights. The only win he had between 2010 and 2011 was a victory over a lower level fighter Stephan Bozic.
After Abraham was eliminated from the Super Six tournament, it was thought that he’d do the wise thing and move back down to middleweight, because the 5’9″ Abraham was exposed as being too small against the bigger super middleweights in defeats against Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch and Ward. But Abraham has resisted the idea of moving back down in weight, saying that he can’t take off that weight, and that he’ll stick it out at 168 until the bitter end. His promoters have matched Abraham to succeed by putting him in against Pablo Farias and Piotr Wilczewski, both of which Abraham easily beat on power alone.
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