This Saturday night will feature a great Super Middleweight matchup between former Middleweight kingpin Arthur Abraham and current WBO Super Middleweight champ Robert Stieglitz. Despite being the challenger, Abraham is currently a solid favorite to win his first title at 168 pounds.
As a Middleweight, Abrahams dominated the division, compiling a record of 30-0 along the way. Since stepping up to Super Middleweight he has gone 4-3, and the punching power that once dominated his smaller opponents does not have the effect it once did.
That doesn’t stop Bovada from handicapping him as a -300 favorite to dethrone Stieglitz. He has looked better in his last two fights, but Stieglitz will be step up into the elite of the division. He will need to get started early and keep the pressure up as he utilizes his jab and counterpunching if he hopes to stretch his current win streak to three.
Stieglitz will be making his seventh title defense in front of hometown German fans as the Bovada +240 underdog. He has won 11 straight against second-tier competition but will be in tough against Abrahams’ combination of power and technique.
Stieglitz will need to throw punches in bunches as Abrahams advances to keep the pressure up and stop him from unloading on him. If he can crowd Abrahams and negate his outside punching, the chances of the Stieglitz upset paying off go way up.
The big question that has to be answered before betting on this fight is whether or not you believe that Abrahams is still one of the elite in the sport. He has shown signs of fading over his last seven fights, and if he’s not 100% on Saturday night his chances of remaining relevant in the division, and the sport of boxing, will come to an abrupt end.