Photos: Team Sauerland
Only a few days to go until the o2 World Berlin, Germany turns into a huge boxing arena and the world will be able to see if current WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs) is tough enough to withstand the punching power of Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs). This Saturday the SES boxer will take on the mandatory challenger, promoted by Team Sauerland. The anticipation for the fight has already been building over the last few weeks, hence the great excitement at today’s public workout.
Right after Jack Culcay, Robin Krasniqi, Serdar Sahin, Dustin Dirks, Tyron Zeuge and Felix Lamm put their current forms on display, it was Arthur Abraham’s turn to show a glimpse of what he will bring to the table on Saturday night. More than 600 spectators came to see the former IBF Middleweight World Champion. After his session, the 32-year-old took some time to sign autographs for the fans as well as interviews for various TV-broadcasters, radio stations and newspapers. During his workout, coach Ulli Wegner’s prodigy, was seemingly holding back and didn’t appear to be showing off his full strength while hitting the pads. This was probably due to his opponent standing right next to the ring and keeping a close eye on Abraham.
“It is all or nothing for me on Saturday,” said Abraham. “Therefore it is even more exciting to be back at the o2 World. I am fighting in my home town. Together we will make sure, that the title comes to Berlin.” And his coach shares that view. “I doubt that our opponents would have taken this fight, had they known about Arthurs current form.”
Obviously, Robert Stieglitz’s take on the outcome of the fight is slightly different. The 31-year-old opted to do some rope skipping as well as hitting the pads during his slot at the public workout. His prognosis for August 25: “I think I will beat Arthur through my power, my technique and my constant pressure on him. I have to make sure not to get hit by his hard punches. I just have to do my job as good as possible.”