Photos: Eroll Popova
Over the weekend, WBO champion Robert Stieglitz opened his his training in a boxing gym located on “The Brocken,” the highest peak in Northern Germany. Under SES trainer Dirk Dzemski, Stieglitz will enter the intensive phase of his preparation for his world title defense against Arthur Abraham on August 25at the O2-World Arena in Berlin.
Stielitz didn’t have far to travel as the mountain is located just outside his front door. SES made special arrangements with HSB (Harz Light Railway) to dedicated a steam locomotive to the champion with with the theme of “On to Berlin” placed on the front. The trains runs up to the Broken Plateau, located at an altitude of 3,691 feet where a boxing gym has been established in the Brocken Hotel for some special and historic “altitude training.”
Robert Stieglitz: “It’s something special to have a gym to train in up here on the Brocken. A very special and motivating atmosphere. I have many loyal fans here in the Harz Mountains. The next few weeks will be very tough and we need to get through it and the wrap up our ‘classic’ sparring in Magdeburg.”
SES-Trainer Dirk Dzemski: “During the long preparation time for this fight against Arthur Abraham, one must sometimes have new stimuli. That’s why we see this special training. Besides, we’ve also wanted to visit our many loyal fans in the Harz. There’s a lot of boxing expertise here close to home.“
Many boxing fans from all over Germany and especially the faithful Stieglitz fans from the Harz were pleased about the presence of the world champion on “The Brocken” where they were able to marvel at his fitness.