After falling short in his previous two title opportunities in the talented 168 pound weight division, the third time proved to be the charm for former Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs).
At the O2 Arena in Berlin, Germany, the Armenian born fighter defeated former champion Robert Stieglitz (42-3, 23 KOs) by winning a unanimous twelve round decision in a very competitive and entertaining Super Middleweight contest to become the new WBO titlist.
Coming into this crucial bout, most fight scribes believed Abraham to be incapable of winning a world title in the big Super Middleweight division because of his 5'9' frame and 72" reach. The 32 year old fighter proved that his world class power and tight defense could maintain his legitimacy in the packed division.
Although the Russian born boxer/puncher landed effective combinations throughout the entire match, Abraham's shots were the more impactful and damaging.
The newly crowned two division champion was able to cut off the ring effectively and land the cleaner and harder punches inside of the usually reliable Stieglitz defense.
The judges at ringside scored the contest 116-112, 115-113, and 116-112 in favor of "King" Arthur Abraham, handing Stieglitz only his third professional loss in 45 bouts.once again.