Over a three year period, Robert Stieglitz (50(29)-5-1) fought an epic series of four fights against Arthur Abraham, each time competing for the WBO super middleweight title. Stieglitz came out on the losing end of the series, losing 3 out of 4 fights — although giving a good account of himself.
Now 35-years-old, and seemingly shopworn, Stieglitz is now on the comeback trail at light heavyweight. At 5’11”, Stieglitz is quite short for the division, but can he still make an impact in a division that’s already loaded with talent?
Today, he challenged EBU titlist Mehdi Amar (33(16)-5-1). Though Amar wasn’t world-ranked, he is a solid Euro-level fighter and naturally bigger than Stieglitz.
The fight was competitive. Amar tried to use his size to boss Stieglitz around. However, Stieglitz’ higher level experience had him mastering the range, and finding a home with his right. While Amar was able to hit Stieglitz, Stieglitz took Amar’s power and was able to walk through.
In the end, it came down to desire. Stieglitz wanted the win more, put in more activity, and never took anything for granted. The scores were 116-112 on all three judges’ scorecards, which is consistent with how I scored the fight.
Prior to this match, three sanctioning bodies had Stieglitz ranked within their top 15 at light heavyweight, with the WBO ranking him at #6. With this win, I imagine Stieglitz will contend for a world title soon.
How do you think Robert Stieglitz would fare in a world title fight?