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Abraham vs Stieglitz IV: Arthur Abraham scores sixth round stoppage to end rivalry

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Arthur Abraham put his stamp on the rivalry with Robert Stieglitz today in Germany.

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Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz had already put on three noteworthy battles that largely flew under the radar for American boxing fans, and today in Halle, Germany, they met again, with Abraham ending the rivalry via sixth round TKO, beating Stieglitz down and forcing his opponent's corner to wave the white towel.

Abraham (43-4, 29 KO) retained the WBO super middleweight title with the victory. Having already dropped Stieglitz (47-5-1, 27 KO) earlier in the fight, Abraham smashed him with a series of powerful blows in the sixth, which crumpled Stieglitz into a heap as his legs just buckled beneath him, with Stieglitz still in the process of throwing punches in return.

Abraham now moves on to the next chapter of his career, having closed the book on this stage. The two fighters first met in 2012, with Abraham winning a competitive decision. Stieglitz stopped Abraham on cuts in four rounds the next year, with Abraham winning a split decision in 2014. This was the most definitive result of any of the fights, and leaves no doubt that Abraham is the better fighter.