Arthur Abraham earned a unanimous decision victory over Robert Stieglitz in Berlin, Germany on Saturday. The official scorecards read; (116-112, 116-112, 115-113) all for Abraham. With the victory, ‘King’ Abraham scooped up one of the 8,023 belts that inhabit the super middleweight division.
Let me first say this, promoters in Europe sure do know how to put on a show. From the seemingly hundreds of spotlights inside of the arena to the extravagant ring entrances, promoters overseas make it feel like you’re at an event, not just a fight. Promoters in America need to take notes.
Abraham vs Stieglitz was an entertaining bout that seemed difficult to score. Stieglitz’s busy work rate combined with Abraham’s shell defense and more effective punching, led to an ebb and flow that had momentum switching addresses multiple times per round. Ultimately, it was Abraham’s punching power that won the day.
Abraham moved to 35-3 with the win, earning his third straight victory after a slide that had him losing three out of four fights. Robert Stieglitz fell to 42-3, this was his first loss in over four years.
There are still many question marks when it comes to Arthur Abraham. He still fails to mix offense with his defense, covering up in a shell instead of looking for opportunities to counter-punch. World class fighters have shown more of a readiness to tee off on King Abraham when he covers up against the ropes. There is also an issue with his stamina, as he seemed to fade in the final two rounds of the bout with Stieglitz. Same ole Arthur Abraham will likely mean he’ll stay on the outside of any legitimate top 5 super middleweight rankings for good.
The next step for Arthur Abraham seems to be a showdown with Felix Sturm. Abraham vs Sturm would do huge business in Germany. Felix Sturm has to get past Daniel Geale next weekend to make that fight a reality.
Below is CalixBoxing’s video recap of the Abraham vs Stieglitz bout: