Friday’s Fight Previews: Abraham vs Stieglitz this weekend in Germany

By Niall Doran

Ah Friday, it’s that time again which brings another beautiful weekend of the sweet science to us!

This weekend the main action I’m looking forward to is taking place in Germany when Arthur Abraham puts his WBO Super Middleweight strap on the line in a rematch against the always tough Robert Stieglitz.

Abraham has been on a bit of a comeback lately since his unsuccessful stint in the ‘Super 6’ tournament a couple of years back.  Since his 12 round schooling by Andre Ward in 2011 he has reeled off four wins in a row on the spin which included two stoppage wins. The competition granted has not been the stiffest (bar Stieglitz) but credit to him for coming back when a lot of people had written his career off when he lost to Ward and previously to that Carl Froch.

In the opposite corner in Stieglitz, here is a man who has been around for quiet some time, never really getting any recognition until maybe a year ago. Stieglitz initially won the WBO belt back in 2009 and made six consecutive defenses while the rest of the elite competition were participating in the ‘Super 6’. He only lost the belt last August to Abraham in what was an extremely close contest in truth where many felt he was unlucky to lose out. This time he will be gunning for revenge in this mega German showdown.

If I was a betting man I’d have to have a little think about this one. With the bookmakers Abraham is clear favourite. However in recent weeks where upsets have been rife in boxing, there might be just another one on the cards here. Stieglitz is no joke (43-3-24ko’s) and will be the man looking to put things right. And although Abraham has enjoyed a brief resurgence I think he has been a fighter in decline since to Andre Dirrell back in 2010. Anytime he has stepped up in opposition in the last few years he has come unstuck. He’s also been in a lot of wars and Iv’e never really thought he was a proper super middleweight. I always preferred him at middleweight where he could use his power style to bully opponents. He has not enjoyed this ability since he has moved up to super middle weight.

I see another close fight here but I saw this morning a book maker in Ireland has Stieglitz to win on points 4/1, could be worth a wager…

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