Abraham getting ready for Stieglitz rematch
‘’Everything is going according to plan,’’ says Ulli Wegner, the man charged with getting Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) in optimum condition for his fourth WBO World Championship fight with super middleweight rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle.
Wegner has spent the last two weeks on the beach with Abraham, but far from holiday-making, the legendary trainer and his star pupil have been undergoing an intensive training camp on the German island of Usedom.
After fourteen days of sun, sea and serious training, the 73 year-old coach believes Abraham is on course to defend his WBO World title. ‘’Everything is going according to plan,’’ reveals Wegner. ‘’After his last fight, Arthur put his feet up and had too much of a good time, but since being back in training he has worked his butt off.
‘’I’ve been pleased with his progress in Usedom and now we travel to the Olympic Centre in Kienbaum to complete our preparations. Arthur knows what is at stake, he knows this fight demands his full attention and on July 18 he will be ready!”
In between training sessions in Usedom, Abraham had been keeping his mind occupied by following Roger Federer’s progress at the Gerry Weber Open. Here the defending champion successfully retained his title in the same arena Abraham will frequent on July 18. ‘’I had been watching and supporting Federer in the breaks between our morning and afternoon session,’’ said ‘King Arthur’. ‘’For me it is a good omen that he won as I intend to the exact same thing against Stieglitz!’’
Tickets for Abraham vs. Stieglitz IV are available by calling the Gerry Weber Ticket Centre on (+49) 5201 81 80 or online via gerryweber-world.de and tickethall.de. All the action will be shown live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.
”Captain“ Huck: ”Mission USA can begin“
The wait is over. Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) will make the next defense of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on August 14. The reigning Super Champion will take on Krysztoff Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs), mandatory challenger to Huck`s title and number one ranked by the World Boxing Organization. This mouthwatering bout will be held in the state of New York or New Jersey with the exact location to be named very shortly. And the German has plenty of reasons to be excited about this clash.
“I will be celebrating two firsts when I step into the ring on August 14”, said Huck. “On the one hand it will be my first fight under the banner of Huck Sports Promotion, who will co-promote the bout in close cooperation with DiBella Entertainment. Furthermore I will be giving my US debut. The fight against Glowacki will be my first abroad”, an excited Huck commented. “After leaving Sauerland I said that I wanted to fight overseas. That promise is now being kept.”
But the 30 year old knows that the title fight will be anything but a walk in the park. “The Pole is unbeaten and has a good KO ratio to his name” states Huck with regards to his counterpart. “He will also have a lot of locals cheering him on, as many polish citizens live on the east coast, it will almost be like a home crowd. I am however confident, that at the end of the night, the fans both on-site and in front of their TVs, will be celebrating with me. Boxing fans in America want to be entertained by the warriors inside the squared circle and my style of fighting provides just that, entertainment. Mission USA can begin.”
(Credit: Phillip Gaetz)