By James McKnight @JamesMcKnight83.
'King Arthur' Abraham aims to defend the WBO super-middleweight title against Robert Stieglitz on Saturday, March 23.
The pair are set to clash for a second time after their first meeting occurred last August in Berlin, Germany. This time around they meet at the GETEC arena in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.
Abraham, 33, is Armenian-born, but is now a resident of Berlin, compared to Stieglitz, 31, who was born in Russia but now resides in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt. This, of course, now means that Stieglitz has home advantage, whereas before Abraham did.
On August 25, Stieglitz was aiming to defend the WBO super-middleweight title for a seventh time against Abraham. It proved to be a tough, competitive fight over 12 rounds. Both fighters exchanged shots to head and body throughout. Abraham landed the heavier, more eye-catching shots over the course of the fight, but Stieglitz was game and pressed Abraham constantly. Abraham was awarded the points decision with scores of 116-112, 116-112, 115-113.
Since that fight, Abraham has fought just once but has successfully defended the WBO super-middleweight title. On December 15, he stopped Frenchman Mehdi Bouadia in 8 rounds.
Stieglitz has also fought once since losing to Abraham. On January 26, he knocked out Poland's Michal Nieroda in just 3 rounds.
Arthur Abraham (36-3-0, 28 KO's), is the odds on favourite to successfully defend the title on March 23, but, as mentioned, he does not have has home advantage this time. Stieglitz (43-3-0, 24 KO's), will have the majority of the support from the home crowd. This will spur him on to upset the odds and to try and reclaim the WBO super-middleweight belt.