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[Video] Robert Stieglitz Batters Arthur Abraham in Rematch, Regains Title

Robert Stieglitz couldn't ask for a better rematch performance, taking just four rounds to close Arthur Abraham's left eye and score a TKO to recapture the WBO super middleweight title...

Abraham

Robert Stieglitz couldn’t ask for a better rematch performance, taking just four rounds to close Arthur Abraham’s left eye and score a TKO to recapture the WBO super middleweight title.

Stieglitz applied heavy pressure from the opening bell and had Abraham trying to defend right hands behind his trademark high guard. Stieglitz’s strength had Abraham pinned on the ropes, and the right hands scored via Stieglitz’s strategy of whipping them around Abraham’s guard.

Abraham briefly came alive via a short flurry of power shots in the second, but it was Stieglitz who finished the round strong with a fusillade of shots that had Abraham desperately holding at the bell. The champion wore a shellshocked face at the beginning of the third while Stieglitz still banged away at Abraham’s guard. The damage was now visible with Abraham sporting a completely closed left eye.

After a few minutes of consultation, the ringside physician ordered the contest stopped under no protest from the disposed champion.

The TKO was the first of Abraham’s career, and Stieglitz’s win puts him in line to possibly face George Groves later this year.

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A Stieglitz win wasn’t surprising in itself, but the way he just ran Abraham out the ring was. Stieglitz was literally in control from the opening bell and took complete advantage of Abraham’s lack of fluidity in switching from defense to offense. Stieglitz bullied Abraham physically by keeping him moving backwards, but made sure he was constantly landing leather.

Is there need for a rubbermatch? There’s money in it, but Abraham’s team will likely seek other options considering how badly he was dominated.

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