|Boxing Results: "King Arthur"dethrones Stieglitz in Berlin, Dirks and Culcay victorious
By SecondsOut, special to Doghouse Boxing (Aug 26, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By or provided from SecondsOut.com on Doghouse Boxing. By Danny Winterbottom.
Without a significant win at super middleweight since he vanquished
Jermain Taylor in his opening bout of the Super Six tournament back in
2009, promoters Sauerland Event had billed Arthur Abraham’s WBO title
challenge to Russian born champion Robert Stieglitz as “The Last
Chance”. And over 12 closely contested rounds inside an expectant O2
World Arena in the adopted home town of “King Arthur” the former IBF
middleweight boss seized his chance taking a hard fought unanimous
decision over a champion making the seventh defence of his title.
Judge Rocky Young from Miami scored the contest 115-113, identical to
my card, and judges Cesar Ramos of Puerto Rico and Noel Monnet of
France were in agreement carding scores of 116-112 for the now two
weight world champion.
Abraham, 11st 13lbs 11oz, is a notoriously slow starter but in a
relatively quiet and uneventful opening round it was the challenger who
landed the more effective blows. Trundling forward behind his trademark
high guard the 32-year-old poked with his jab before testing the chin
of the champion with two arcing hooks as he backed away. Stieglitz’s
two previous defeats came at the hands of punchers and despite showing a
solid and reliable chin since he was careful not to engage the wild
swinging Abraham in the early exchanges.
All that changed in the second stanza as Stieglitz came out firing.
He landed a right hand that knocked Abraham off balance momentarily and a
wild swing in retaliation from the challenger saw him stumble forward
and almost end up on the canvas. Both men exchanged punches along the
ropes as the crowd roared their approval every time Abraham connected
with anything of note.
After a slow start to the contest from the champion, who scaled the
same 11st 13lbs 11oz as the challenger, he began to fight as most people
predicted he would do in the third. As Abraham tucked up and looked to
wing his powerful hooks around the guard of Stieglitz, the 31-year-old
from Magdeburg would get his shots off a split second quicker making the
home favourite appear cumbersome. A big right hand from Stieglitz
missed the chin of Abraham by a whisker but enough straight rights
connected for him to take the round on my card and edge in front going
into the fourth.
Stieglitz was more willing to stand and trade with the power punching
Abraham than was predicted but as the contest progressed this would
prove his downfall. A solid right followed by a left got the attention
of the champion as Abraham began to find his range. A further set of
clubbing rights had the crowd on their feet and a dazed champion in
retreat. In a moment of bravado Stieglitz motioned towards the
marauding Abraham as if to say “You aren’t hurting me” but an
increasingly swollen left eye told a different story. Abraham, despite
doing less work, was landing the more telling and effective blows.
Into the fifth and Stieglitz, perhaps sensing the fight wasn’t going
entirely to plan, attempted to back Abraham up as he came out firing. A
quick fire burst of lefts and rights failed to penetrate the tight
guard of “King Arthur” as he shrugged his shoulders in contempt. Both
men swapped right hands in ring centre but it was Abraham’s that had the
desired effect, leaving the champion in a spot of bother. Again
Abraham had landed the heavier blows to offset the work rate of the
As they made it to the half way mark of the contest I had Abraham up
three rounds to two, favouring his quality blows over the hustle and
bustle of the defending champion, but the contest was poised nicely as
they entered the sixth.
An uppercut and three right hands from Stieglitz as Abraham was
backed to the ropes began the second half of the fight. Again most were
blocked by the challenger before he retaliated with his right that by
now couldn’t miss the head of the champion.
The best exchange of the fight occurred in round seven. Abraham
snapped the head back of the champion with his honey punch, the straight
right, forcing Stieglitz into action. A barrage of punches from the
champion forced Abraham back as the pair took the fight to each other.
Abraham had got his wish and drawn Stieglitz into a fire fight.
The eighth began with Stieglitz once again taking the fight to the
challenger but it was Abraham who landed the telling blows. Three heavy
right hands stung the Magdeburg man forcing him back onto his heels as
he simply couldn’t get out of the way of the seemingly laser guided
fists of the challenger.
With his face marked up and nose bloodied Stieglitz landed a two
punch combination around the guard of Abraham to begin the ninth. A
solid right backed Abraham up as he finally began to box the way he
started the contest. The challenger had a quiet round as he allowed
Stieglitz to work him over.
Stieglitz survived a doctor’s inspection in round 10 as his face was
now a bloodied mess. A cut to the right eye was of particular concern
for referee Joe Cortez who was largely a spectator throughout the
contest. Abraham used his legs to evade the now desperate champion as
he chased him across the ring.
As the contest moved into the championship rounds both fighters were
beginning to feel the pace. Stieglitz again had Abraham trapped on the
ropes but was unable to land anything to bother the iron chin of the
adopted Berliner. Abraham’s experienced corner man Ulli Wegner barked
orders at his charge as Stieglitz threatened to end the contest the
stronger but despite taking the final round on my card the title changed
hands in a thoroughly enjoyable contest.
Abraham improved to 35-3 (27) and Stieglitz, who’s stock will have rose in defeat, fell to 42-3 (23)
On the undercard German light heavyweight prospect Dustin Dirks took a
seventh round TKO win from Georgian Sandro Siproshvili when the
visitor’s corner finally waved the contest off with their man bloodied
and under increasing pressure at 2 minutes 7 seconds of the round.
23-year-old Dirks demonstrated a sharp jab from the off as he began
to bust up the face of the game visitor. The local prospect had the
action mostly his own way until the fifth when a spirited Siproshvili,
sporting a cut eye, burst into action. The ferocity of his attack
caught the unbeaten Dirks by surprise as he was driven to the ropes
under fire from hooks and uppercuts. For a split second, when
Siproshvili broke off from his assault, Dirks tottered backwards on what
seemed unsteady legs. The youngster didn’t like the pressure forced
upon him but to his credit he took charge in the sixth and ended matters
a round later. Dirks improved to 25-0 (19) and Siproshvili dropped to
Former outstanding amateur Jack Culcay was the most impressive of the
prospects on display as he pounded on a game but outgunned Frederic
Serre stopping the Frenchman in three rounds. The 26-year-old, who they
call “Golden” Jack, was a level or two above his opponent throughout as
he would stay in the pocket and fire off combinations effortlessly to
both head and body before swaying calmly out of the way of anything
coming back at him. His willingness to remain in punching range saw him
take a few too many clean shots but his punch efficiency and ability to
land at will overwhelmed the Frenchman. Serre was cut by the right eye
in the third round but after surviving a doctor’s inspection Italian
referee Giuseppe Quartarone wisely waved the contest off at 2 minutes 4
seconds of round three. Culcay, originally from Ecuador but now
residing in Darmstadt, Germany improves to 12-0 and Serra falls to 13-6.
Culcay claimed the vacant WBA Inter-Continental light middleweight
Other results were as follows:
Robin Krasniqi WKO4 Serder Sahin (light heavyweight)
Felix Lamm WTKO4 Eloy Rebello (light welterweight)
Tyron Zeuge WTKO3 Carlos Caicedo (super middleweight)
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