Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arthur Abraham Discusses Robert Stieglitz Clash

BERLIN -- March 23 shall represent another glorious day for Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KOs). Then he will meet Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KOs) for their hotly anticipated rematch inside the GETEC-Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. The 33-year-old Abraham captured the WBO super mddleweight world championship last August when he beat Stieglitz on points in his hometown of Berlin. This time the champion is making his way to his opponent's backyard. In the following interview, he reveals what kind of performance can be expected from him.

Abraham-Stieglitz II will be televised live ringside to the U.S. from GTEC Arena in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, exclusively on EPIX, the premium entertainment service. EPIX will stream the fights live on EpixHD.com and on the EPIX app on Xbox consoles and Roku players as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans.

Mr. Abraham, the last time people saw you putting on the gloves you beat Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla by technical knockout on December 15. Were you satisfied with your first title defense at super-middleweight?

Arthur Abraham: I guess that I showed quite a good performance against Bouadla. There might have been some details I could have done better but in the end, I dominated my opponent that night and took care of him early. In preparation to that fight Mister Wegner told me his expectations and I must have fulfilled most of them. Anyway, he didn't complain to me afterwards.

March 23 will mark the second time you are going to face Robert Stieglitz. Is there anything left you can surprise him with - or could he surprise you?

Arthur Abraham:  Stieglitz hasn't seen the best that Arthur Abraham has to offer in our first fight whereas he might have already shown everything he's got. I have some words for him: Beware, because our rematch is going to be much tougher than the first fight! I'm training as hard as ever for this clash. After all, the crowd deserves to be entertained. My training regime is pure torment - and I love it.

Is it easy for you to adjust to Stieglitz's style because you already fought him before?

Arthur Abraham: Definitely, I already beat him and I got all the knowledge and tools to do it again. He can't really alter the way he fights but I should not underestimate him. Stieglitz wasn't a world champion for nothing, defending his title a few times before I took it off him. He still has the ambition to beat me. Therefore, I have to sit down again with my coach and develop a game plan to defend my belt.

Do you feel better prepared in comparison to the first fight against Stieglitz?

Arthur Abraham: I feel prepared just as well. My coach and the rest of the team make me feel like that I can beat him for a second time. I still have a lot left inside my tank and want to defend my title a few times. My shape and motivation are the fundament for me still being the WBO Champion after March 23.

You will step inside the arena as the defending champion. The first fight versus Stieglitz saw you as the challenger. Do you have a different mindset with the belt around your waist?

Arthur Abraham:  My attitude is still the same. I want to be the one standing tall. If I would think differently, I could capitulate before the fight has even happened. To defend a world championship is quite different than to challenge for a title. I have experienced both situations. Therefore, I know that Stieglitz will be fired up to get his hands on the WBO Belt again. But I won't let him. My will and winning mentality will outlast his.

Can you please tell us about the punching power of Robert Stieglitz? Are you worried about it?

Arthur Abraham:  I have respect for every opponent I face inside the ring. All I can say is that I have fought opponents with much more pop. I can assure you first-hand that he isn't feather-fisted but Stieglitz doesn't have the power to threaten me.

The first fight was staged in your hometown of Berlin. For the rematch, you have to go to his backyard - will this be a special challenge to you?

Arthur Abraham:  Indeed, this fight is going to happen in his hometown of Magdeburg but this won't work to his advantage as he might think. Years ago, my coach Ulli Wegner guided Sven Ottke to his biggest successes at this very arena. I feel confident that more than half of the crowd will side with me come March 23. Moreover, Berlin isn't that far away either. For one night only, the city of Magdeburg will be my backyard. The people who might boo me at the beginning will be the ones who will cheer me the loudest after the fight.

The first time you fought Stieglitz, you followed the game plan of winning the fight on points. Are you planning for a stoppage win this time around?

Arthur Abraham:  First and foremost, I plan to win - it doesn't matter if I beat him on points or get it done early. To win by knockout is always like the cherry on the cake but you can't plan such things beforehand. I still haven't reached the top of my game as a boxer and I know that I can do even better. I know that I will be more aggressive in the rematch. It will be a much more intense encounter and the crowd will see if my opponent can put up some resistance - or not.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Light_Speed on 03-16-2013

Abraham is not trying to be a top fighter anymore, he just wants to milk his belt against B level opposition like he did at 160.

Comment by dubjab on 03-16-2013

is Stiglitz of Jewish background?

Comment by Tobi.G on 03-13-2013

Abraham will win by knockout this time.

Comment by BattlingNelson on 03-13-2013

It was a good fight last time. Hopefully this will be better and have a decisive conclusion. I'm looking forward to this for sure.

Comment by Weebler I on 03-12-2013

Avetik Avrahamyan v Sergey Shtikhlits

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan is NOT Official, Says Bob Arum Photos: David Haye vs. Tony Bellew Final Press Conference Video: David Haye Rips Tony Bellew's "Retard" Fans at Presser Video: Haye, Bellew in Tense Face-Off at Final Press Conference De La Hoya: Amir Khan Has a "Great Chance" To Shock Pacquiao! 30 Day Weights: Jorge Linares 144.8, Anthony Crolla 144 Mario Barrios, Lipinets Ready For Action on Thurman vs. Garcia Photos: Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - Presser To Announce Bout Chavez Jr: This Fight Will Show Canelo To Stay in His Weight Class British Board Tackling Issue of Foreign Fighters Falsifying Records Mikaela Lauren vs. Ewa Piatkowska For WBC Title on April 22 Deontay Wilder's Surgically Repaired Right Hand Feels 'Wonderful' Bellew: Haye Sh*t Himself With Klitschko, His Best Win is Mormeck! Virgil Hunter: Khan-Pacquiao is 50-50; Manny Can Still Fight Luke Campbell: I Want Mendy Rematch, Want To Make Him Suffer David Allen May Return On Haye-Bellew; Yafai Will Box In Germany Shakhnazaryan vs. Rivera, Sargsyan vs. Pavko, 3/17 in Moscow Dmitry Bivol Eyes American Return, Nathan Cleverly's WBA Title Anthony Joshua on Rumors He Was Knocked Out in Sparring Ward vs. Kovalev Rematch Talks Finally Underway - For June 17? "Fighting Words" - Wilder’s Equalizer Makes Up For His Minuses Pacquiao vs. Khan Will Happen in UAE, Says Michael Koncz Deontay Wilder Fears His Power Might Kill Someone in The Ring Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury To Land on May 6th Carlos Adames Stops Jean Carlos Prada in Two Rounds Photos: Krzysztof Zimnoch Gets Revenge, Stops Mike Mollo Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne Rematch Ordered By WBC Junior Fa is Pumped After U.S. Debut on Wilder-Washington Video: Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. - Face To Face at HBO Promo Taping Haye Being Investigated By British Board Over Threats To Bellew Video: Deontay Wilder, Dominic Breazeale Scuffle in Hotel Lobby Eleider Alvarez: I Hope to Get Adonis Stevenson on April 29 Deontay Wilder-Gerald Washington - CompuBox Punch Stats Khan Knew That One Day He Would Get Pacquiao in The Ring Tommy Coyle Fractures Left Eye Socket On Winning Return Izu Ugonuh: I Just Got Tired; I’m Still a Dangerous Man to Fight Washington Trainer: No Problem with Stoppage Against Wilder Breazeale: I Was Attacked by Wilder, Mob in Front of Wife, Kids Photos: Deontay Wilder Overcomes Washington With TKO Win Photos: Dominic Breazeale Blasts Out Izu Ugonoh in Wild War
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement