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Stieglitz Stops Abraham To Avenge Loss, Regain Title

By Jake Donovan

Robert Stieglitz avenged last year's title loss to Arthur Abraham with an emphatic third round stoppage Saturday evening in Magdeberg, Germany.

Stieglitz was in control for the entire affair, capitalizing on Abraham's reputation as a slow starter by attacking him from the opening bell. Abraham never made the adjustment, suffering a rapidly swelling left eye in the second round which was completely closed by the end of the third.

Abraham was out on his feet at several points in the third, clinching when necessary but also resorting to dirty tactics. The transplanted Armenian was docked a point for rabbit punching, thus digging an even deeper hole on the scorecards after failing to win a single round.

Scoring became a moot point once Abraham was forced to quit on his stool as the fourth round was set to begin.

The official time was 0:02 of round four.

Both fighters now boast title winning efforts over the other in their respective hometowns. Stieglitz regains his title in front of a hometown crowd of over 8,000, seven months after losing his belt in Abraham's adopted hometown of Berlin.

The win is Stieglitz' second straight as he improves to 44-3 (25KO). Abraham snaps a four-fight win streak - all of which came in an incredible 2012 comeback campaign - as he falls to 36-4 (28KO). The fight marked the first stoppage loss of his 10-year career.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheSurgeonMDMPH on 03-24-2013

Wat would Teddy Atlas say? Here is a case of a bully being bullied. You can only feast on mediocre comp for so long with a stacked deck. Usually when he faces adversity, he is at home in germany. This…

Comment by fenixbb on 03-24-2013

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;13177472]Such an outcome would never happen again. The one eye was shut down completely in the second round already, thats the only reason how Stieglitz could get away with his bumrush tactic. He could have never fought that way for…

Comment by B.U.R.N.E.R on 03-24-2013

Missed it but wow that was un expected.

Comment by BattlingNelson on 03-24-2013

Stunning. Not that Stieglitz won, as I had him winning the first fight, but the manner it was done. AA looks all but washed up. Last time he was out quite fast, by his standards, but this time he barely…

Comment by Weebler I on 03-24-2013

[QUOTE=Ray*;13177692]RS fought a typical Hatton fight, mauling, head of his opponents chest/shoulder, throw at will etc but the shot that cause the damage was a nice clean right hand, so no complaints here.[/QUOTE] I had no issue with the tactics,…

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