Stieglitz upsets Abraham to regain WBO title
Robert Stieglitz regained the WBO super middleweight title by technical knockout dethroning champion Arthur Abraham after three rounds on Saturday night at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany.
The 31-year-old Stieglitz (44-3) came out on fire, blasting away at Abraham (36-4) with punch after punch which paid off in the second round when he opened up a cut just above the left eye of Abraham in the second round that by the end of the third was swollen shut.
The Rusian born Stieglitz looked like he'd put on alot of muscle and strength from the last time they fought in August of last year when Abraham looked the bigger guy.
The fight was all Stieglitz, who badly hurt the shell shocked Abraham in the all-action second round. He continued to hurt Abraham with right hands in the third round and had the 33-year-old former middleweight titlist on shaky legs.
When Abraham was docked a point in the third round because he was punching Stieglitz behind the head in a desperate move, it already looked like the fight was just about over. Sure enough, it was, just a few seconds into the fourth round on the advise of the ringside doctor due to the condition of Abraham's eye.
On the undercard, Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (18-0) stopped outclassed Baker Barakat (37-14-4) in the second round. The 24-year-old's next fight will be on the undercard of Carl Froch's rematch with Mikkel Kessler on 25 May.
Also on the bill, unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (19-0) defeated Michael Sprott (37-20) by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision to keep on course for a future shot against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.