Abraham-Stieglitz II on March 23



Hard-hitting Armenian super middleweight Arthur Abraham will defend his WBO belt on March 23 against Robert Stieglitz, the man he dethroned by unanimous decision in August of last year in Germany, in a bout that will be televised on EPIX.

A 33-year-old former IBF middleweight titleholder, Abraham (36-3, 28 knockouts) is coming off the first defense of his crown, an eighth-round stoppage of Mehdi Bouadla in December.

A 31-year-old who had made six defenses of the belt he won by 11tth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Karoly Balzsay in August of 2009, Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KOs) is coming off last month’s third-round knockout of Michal Nieroda.

The telecast will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET and 1:30 p.m. PT on EPIX, and will be streamed live on and on the EPIX app on Xbox consoles and Roku players as part of a special free trial offer.

Also on the Abraham-Stieglitz II card will be a heavyweight matchup featuring Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs), a native of Finland who was born in Sweden and fights out of Germany.

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