Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Over 500 fight fans turned up on Wednesday to see WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and his challenger Isaac Ekpo conduct public workouts at the Paunsdorf Center in Leipzig, Germany. The titleholder showed up with trainer Dirk Dzemski and appeared to be in a good mood and in great shape for the fight on Saturday at Leipzig Exhibition Hall EINS.
His opponent, Nigerian Isaac Ekpo, didn’t show much. In the training ring, he completed only a few light exercises with the jump rope and practiced shadow boxing. Ekpo was given a few pairs of goalie gloves so he can resume his career as a goalkeeper after presumably losing the world championship fight.
The world champion, however, gave the fans several minutes of pad work with his coach, then he stayed and fulfilled boxing fans’ many requests for autographs.
Also showing their skills were WBC Youth titleholder Dominic Bösel, ex-IBF champion Jan Zaveck, and Tom Schwarz and Tom Pahlmann from “Team Germany.”
On this coming coming Saturday, Robert Stieglitz defends the WBO super middleweight crown against Isaac Ekpo.