BERLIN — Arthur Abraham is the new world WBO super middleweight champion after his unanimous win over Robert Stieglitz.
Abraham, 32, who defended his IBF middleweight title 10 times between 2005 and 2009, is now the world champion at the heavier weight after the judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112, 115-113 on Saturday.
“This is an emotional moment for me and it’s hard to describe how I feel,” said Abraham.
“I always wanted to be the middleweight world champion and now I am the super middleweight champion too.
“I trained hard for this and I had to box cleverly against such a good champion.”
Abraham lived up to his ‘King Arthur’ moniker and the new champion now has a record of 27 knock-outs in 35 wins and three defeats.
Having laboured to a points win over Piotr Wilczewski to defend his European WBO title in March, Abraham was back to the best fighting for the world title.
Abraham started the stronger of the pair, but the champion twice pinned the challenger to the ropes in the second and started to exert his authority.
Stieglitz raised the tempo in the third and Abraham fell clearly behind on points going into the fourth, but responded with some body-head combinations and one sharp hook left Stieglitz with swelling above his left eye.
By the fifth, Stieglitz’s face was marking noticeably while Abraham started to let his guard drop to lure the champion as he landed some punishing shots.
Stieglitz put together some good combinations in the seventh round and kept up his impressive work-rate, despite a cut above his right eye needing the attention of the ring doctor in the 10th.
Abraham raised his fists to the Berlin crowd in early celebration before the start of the 12 and finished clearly ahead on points as Stieglitz, 31, suffered the third defeat of his career in his 45th fight.
Next for Abraham is a match-up with the winner of WBA super-middleweight champion Felix Sturm and IBF middleweight title-holder Daniel Geale fight.