Arthur Abraham – There will be no fifth fight with Stieglitz
WBO super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham insists that he has all the motivation he needs to end his long-standing feud with domestic rival Robert Stieglitz in their fourth encounter on July 18 in Germany.
Abraham, THE RING No. 2 rated super middleweight, holds the advantage with two wins to one loss and now seeks a conclusive final chapter. Should he remove Stieglitz, who is rated No. 4, from the equation then lucrative unification bouts could be next for the German-based Armenian.
”The fact that this fight is for the world title gives me all the motivation I need,” said Abraham in a press release issued by Sauerland Promotions. ”Every time I enter the ring, I give up my title, and only become champion again when the final bell sounds and my hand is raised. I must approach every fight with the same desire and will to win, and if I were to think any differently it would be time for me to hang up my gloves.
”But I’m not thinking about retirement. I’m world champion and will remain so for the next two to three years until I chose to leave the sport. I have total belief in my skills and my training, and I know I can do everything as well if not better than Stieglitz. My promoter has billed this fight as the ‘Final Showdown’, and that is exactly what it will be. There will be no fifth fight. I will bring this rivalry to a successful conclusion and then look for a unification – that is my goal!”
Arthur Abraham versus Robert Stieglitz takes place on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle. Tickets are available by calling the Gerry Weber Ticket Centre on (+49) 5201 81 80 or online via gerryweber-world.de and tickethall.de. All the action will be shown live on SAT.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK.
All information provided courtesy of a press release
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing