Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz II: Rematch Report Card

by Cliff Rold

Arthur Abraham might have missed his window.  There was a time, specifically when Jermain Taylor reigned as the lineal king of the Middleweight division, when Abraham may have been the very best Middleweight in the world.  There were a lot of people who wondered.

There weren’t enough, on two sides of the Atlantic, to make it happen for him at 160 lbs.  The window closed and he attempted to open another at 168.  Ironically, it was a win over Taylor in that class in the opening round of the Super Six tournament where the window slammed down. 

He’s never been the very best Super Middleweight in the world.  Losses in three straight Super Six contests proved it.  That doesn’t mean he still isn’t a handful for fighters below the elite levels that men like Carl Froch and Andre Ward occupy. 

Arthur Abraham has had to settle for just being good, and that’s good enough.  Two fights ago, he was good enough to finally win a belt at Super Middleweight against Robert Stieglitz.  Will he be good enough to keep it in the rematch?

Let’s go to the report card.

The Ledgers

Arthur Abraham
Age: 33
Title: WBO Super Middleweight (2012-Present, 1 Defense)
Previous Titles: IBF Middleweight (2005-09, 10 Defenses)
Height: 5’9
Weight: 168 lbs.
Average Weight – Last Five Fights: 167.75 lbs.
Hails from: Berlin, Germany
Record: 36-3, 28 KO
Rankings: #4 (Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, BoxingScene, SecondsOut, BoxRec), #5 (Ring, ESPN)
Record in Major Title Fights: 13-2, 7 KO
Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: 5 (Raul Marquez RTD6; Jermain Taylor KO12; Carl Froch L12; Andre Ward L12; Robert Stieglitz UD12)

Vs.

Robert Stieglitz
Age: 31

Current Title:
Previous Title: WBO Super Middleweight (2009-12, 6 Defenses)
Height: 5’11

Weight: 167.5 lbs.

Average Weight - Five Most Recent Fights:   167.95 lbs.

Hails from: Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

Record: 43-3, 24 KO, 2 KOBY
Rankings: #5 (TBRB, SecondsOut), #6 (BoxingScene, ESPN, Ring), #8 (BoxRec)

Record in Major Title Fights: 7-2, 2 KO, 1 KOBY
Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: 3 (Alejandro Berrio TKO11, KO by 3; Karoly Balzsay TKO11; Arthur Abraham L12)

Grades
Pre-Fight: Speed – Abraham B; Stieglitz B
Pre-Fight: Power – Abraham A; Stielglitz B
Pre-Fight: Defense – Abraham B; Stieglitz B
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Abraham B; Stieglitz B+

Stieglitz has improved over the years, sharpening the edges of his game and getting much better at seeing punches coming.  He got hit with some monster rights by Abraham the first time around, but he kept himself at the right distance.  He could see them coming and brace, never falling victim to the blind knockout blow.

It was his lone loss since 2008 and his first loss over the distance.  That there were some who thought Stieglitz did enough to keep his belt speaks highly of the value of learning losses past.

Abraham, as has been the case throughout his career, also showed the ability to take a shot.  Stieglitz landed some stiff stuff and Abraham was there firing back.  He was more offensive, against a quality foe, than has sometimes been the case in his past.  Abraham can sometimes get caught waiting for the perfect shot.  Against Stieglitz, he let his hands go more.

By doing so, he also got hit more.  Abraham can be hard to find, but when he gets too defensive he kills his own offense.  The effort versus Stieglitz the first time was more balanced.  How will he approach this one?  The last time Abraham had a rematch, versus Edison Miranda, he ended it earlier.

Those are heavy hands to avoid twice.  Can Stieglitz do it?

The Pick

This is an interesting fight for Abraham.  If he wins, and Mikkel Kessler defeats Carl Froch in their May rematch, Kessler-Abraham makes a lot of sense.  They share a promoter.  The match hasn’t been made before.  If he loses, a rubber match with Stieglitz probably emerges as the best business for either man.  At 33, with a rugged style, Abraham might not have years left. 

This is the picture of his twilight.

The thinking here is Abraham ends the night with an eye on Kessler.  He was a little too heavy handed the first time and Stieglitz can’t get brave enough to demand the rounds with the sort of volume that can freeze him. 

Moreover, it’s unlikely Stieglitz, who remains hittable, stands up to the right hands again for a whole night.  Abraham is due for a knockout reminder of why he remains a worthy watch at the top level of the Super Middleweight division.  This should be it.  The pick is Abraham around the tenth round.         

Report Card Picks 2013: 7-5

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ravens Fan on 03-24-2013

Abraham was an overrated middleweight much less an elite super middleweight.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Jeff Horn Smiles: Pacquiao Looks Terrible in Camp? That's Great! Sugar Ray: Mayweather-McGregor Will Sell, Not a Fight For Purists 50 Cent, Wilder Unite To Send Message To Mayweather, Joshua Photos: Michael Conlan, Saucedo, Mean Machine - Chicago Presser LIVE Golden Boy Results From Santa Monica, California Video: Errol Spence Ready For War With Kell Brook in Sheffield Kamegai Vows To Be Aggressive, Go Toe To Toe With Miguel Cotto Video: Hearn Talks Joshua-Klitschko Rematch, Brook-Spence Gervonta Davis Joins The Athlete Roster of Under Armour Gennady Golovkin Receives Highest Honor From The IBF Kell Brook: I Can't Wait To Drop These Brownies on Errol Spence! Bob Arum Comments on Zou Shiming Promotional Dispute Miguel Berchelt vs. Takashi Miura - Ticket Information Photos: Brook, Spence, Groves, Chudinov - Open Workouts Brandon Rios vs. Aaron Herrera in Lancaster - June 11 on FS1 Spence: I'm Not Worried About Crowd; Pressure All on Kell Brook Alexander Povetkin vs Andriy Rudenko Finalized For July 1 Tyson Fury Will NOT Receive License Until UKAD Case is Resolved Errol Spence: I Have To Prove What Mayweather Says is True McGuigan Tabs Groves as Best Super Middleweight in The World Head-to-Head With HBO, PBC on FS1 Peaked at 580K Viewers Cotto vs. Kamegai Set For August 26, With Golden Boy, on HBO Julius Indongo is Ready To Fight Terence Crawford, Broner Too Spence on Boxing Brook in Sheffield: What Real Fighters Do! Arum on Crawford Plans: Indongo Fight First, Then Pacquiao Froch: Groves Must Block Out Tragedy of Last Fight To Win Title Coldwell Fears Kell Brook Will Suffer Same Fate as Roy Jones Jr. Tyrone McKenna To Return On June 17 In Belfast Logan Yoon To Return on June 3 After Picking Up Second KO Win WBC May Order Interim-Title Fight Due To Keith Thurman's Injury Robert Stieglitz Retires From Boxing, Boesel Will Now Face Murat UFC's White Admits: Mayweather Could Be McGregor's Last Fight Sugar Ray: Brook-Spence Can Show What Boxing Used To Be Like DeMarcus Corley Gets Off The Floor To Decision Vivian Harris Michael Conlan: I Just Want To Be Great For My Country Danny Garcia Hungry To Regain Belts, Says Brook-Spence is 50-50 Cotto vs. Marquez Being Targeted For December, Says Beltran Photos: Michael Conlan Putting in Work For Second Pro Fight Uzcategui: In a Rematch - I'd Knock Andre Dirrell Out in a Round! Spence Hotel About Block Away From Manchester Terror Attack
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement