After winning the third fight in his trilogy with Stieglitz
By Per-Ake Persson
March 1, Magdeburg, Germany – King Arthur Abraham (39-4) is again ruling the WBO supermiddleweights after a hardfought, fastpaced, foulfilled, exciting and absorbing fight against Robert Stieglitz (46-4). Abraham won a split decision on scores 115-110 and 114-111 while Stieglitz got the third vote at 113-112.
Abraham had a point deducted in the eighth for rabbit punching while Stieglitz had a point docked in the ninth for holding (or holding and hitting). Stieglitz was hurt and exhausted in the last and went down after taking a right hook the chin. Robert kept an enourmous workrate but wasn’t that effective while Abraham was always dangerous with his heavy hooks from all angles. Stieglitz kept coming in every round with Abraham fighting off the ropes and there were lots of wrestling on the inside with few effective punches landed. It went back and forth but in the later rounds it was obvious that Abraham was the stronger man.
Referee Genaro Rodriguez did a good job of handling a difficult fight but the point deduction of Stieglitz looked a bit like compensation for his action the round before against Abraham. It was noteworthy that judge Michael Perrick had Stieglitz winning the first five rounds - all that were pretty close and for my part I had Stieglitz ahead 3-2 after five.
Christina Hammer (18-0) retained the WBO and WBFed female middleweight titles with a unanimous points win over Jessica Balougon (23-6). It was scored 100-90 on all cards after ten two-minute rounds and there was little drama in this no-knockdown affair where Hammer fought at long
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