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Stieglitz decisions Kiyota

By Jim Dower: WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 25 KO’s) easily defeated #10 WBO, Yuzo Kiyota (23-4-1, 21 KO’s) by a 10th round technical decision on Saturday night at the Energie Verbund-Arena, in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 99-90, 100-89, and 99-90.

The fight was halted following the 10th round due to a bad cut that Kiyota had over his left eye. The cut was a result of a head-butt in the 10th. The fight then went to the scorecards and Stieglitz was given a lopsided 10 round decision.

Kiyota fought reasonably well in the first two rounds of the fight. He was able to land some hard shots and seemed to have Stieglitz off balance with his unorthodox fighting style. Kiyota would run forward from time to time throwing shots while running, and he was able to land some nice shots.

However, from the 3rd round on it was all Stieglitz. He hurt Kiyota in the 4th round from a hard right hand to the head that caused him to back up to the ropes. Stieglitz then flurried on Kiyota for the remainder of the round, and nailed him with a lot of clean, hard shots. After the round ended, Kiyota staggered back to his corner and looked very hurt.

In the 5th round, Kiyota was docked a point for hitting on the break. Stieglitz really played it up big time, turning his back to the referee after getting nailed and acting like he was in pain. It was a bit overboard considering that the fight was firmly in Stieglitz’s control. Later in the round, Kiyota threw Stieglitz to the canvas after getting hit with a storm of shots.

Kiyota’s reaction to getting hit a massive amount of times was to throw Stieglitz to the canvas. The move looked really amateurish, but not surprising considering that Kiyota’s resume is filled with largely weak opponents with poor records from top to bottom. Expecting Kiyota to fight on a high level when he’d never fought anyone good before was asking too much for him.

Stieglitz had his way with Kiyota in the final five rounds, nailing him with massive shots and coming together for a lot of clinches. The clinches were numerous and they took away from the fight.

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Other boxing results on the card:

Lukas Konecny UD 12 Moez Fhima
Christina Hammer UD 10 Mikaela Lauren
Michael Wallisch KO 1 Alexander Kahl
Robin Krasniqi UD 8 Tomas Adamek

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