Photos: Abraham and Stieglitz Public Workout

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The biggest shopping mall of Magdeburg played host for today´s public workout ahead of Saturday´s big fight night at the GETEC-Arena. The main event of the evening will see current WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KOs) take on Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KOs) in their hotly anticipated rematch.

The excitement of the fans was a close
resemblance to the fights of Sven Ottke, who celebrated some of his greatest victories in the east of Germany. More than 1.000 people came to see the boxers up close and were more than impressed with the skills they put on display.

First to step into the ring inside the mall was former champion Robert Stieglitz, who once more made his intention of getting revenge on Abraham clear.

However, the challenger was keen not to give too much away and only went one round with his coach Dirk Dzemski while hitting the pads. “I am ready and will bring the title back to Magdeburg,” said the 31-year-old super-middleweight who lost the WBO Championship during the first bout between the two Germans. Of course, Abraham will do everything he can to destroy whatever plans Stieglitz has made.

The 33-year-old demonstrated his abilities during four stints of pad work with Ulli Wegner who made it clear that he has an obvious favorite for the night. “My hope is that the best man wins on March 23,” said the 70-year-old. “And that will be Arthur!”

Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) also gave the waiting fans a glimpse of what to expect come Saturday night. The 29 year-old heavyweight will take on Michael Sprott (37-19, 17 KOs) in the co feature of the evening and is looking forward to the big night. “It won’t be easy, but as long as the fans are behind me I know that I will win.”

Tickets for the big fight night at the GETEC-Arena Magdeburg, Germany are
available at www.boxen.com, www.sesboxing.de and www.eventim.de.

(Pictures: Team Sauerland)

Abraham Plans on Destroying Stieglitz

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There can only be one winner, and that is Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KOs). That is at least the opinion of the WBO Champion himself and his team. The world title fight between Abraham and Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KOs) is just around the corner and unsurprisingly both camps are convinced that they have the edge over their opposition. At today’s press conference in Magdeburg, Germany, the protagonists of the world title bout as well as their coaches and the WBO´s current number one at heavyweight, Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs), gave their statements ahead of Saturday night. These are the best quotes:

Arthur Abraham, WBO Super Middleweight Champion: I am very excited to be fighting in the city of Magdeburg. My first fight here was when Sven Ottke retired and the atmosphere was amazing. The crowd was even doing the Mexican wave which you normally only get during soccer games. I have never seen anything like that outside of Magdeburg. I can only say one thing about the fight. We won the first fight and consequently took the world championship. Now it´s time for the rematch and we have a clear goal. We have to destroy him and we will do everything we can to reach our goal which showed during our preparations. We have a lot of respect for our opponents but once we step into the ring I have to destroy him, no question.

Robert Stieglitz, challenger: Those are some big words. We will see what happens come March 23. I am in great shape and want to take revenge. There
is a reason why I was the world champion for more than two years and I want the crown back. It was a close decision (the first fight). I am excited to
be fighting in Magdeburg. The fans will help me to take revenge and I am looking forward to that.

Ulli Wegner, coach of Abraham: I don’t really have to tell you what I want to happen come Saturday. We will leave the ring as the winner. We have to be that confident as Arthur is the reigning world champion. It will be a great fight and in my opinion the first couple of rounds and the reaction of the crowd could be decisive. May the best man win, and it is not a surprise that as a coach I have faith in my guy. We did everything we could to get Arthur into shape and we will give it our all.

Dirk Dzemski, coach of Stieglitz: Robert´s preparation has been great. I am convinced that this will be an exciting fight, maybe even a war. I hope that the home fans will be right behind Robert and keep pushing him throughout the bout. I also hope that he will not make the same mistakes again. We have been working on them for a long time. He has a good game plan and tactics which will surprise you.

Robert Helenius, WBO #1 heavyweight: I am really looking forward to Saturday. My opponent is great and therefore it will be a great fight. My sparring partners have all been good and I will just do my thing. I will keep him at distance with my jab and then get him with a hard right.

Wilfried Sauerand: I have to say that we always had great events here in Magdeburg. I am not surprised at all that it will be a sellout crowd on Saturday. The people here have a great knowledge of the sport and they know when there is good boxing on display. I hope that Arthur will be as successful here as Sven Ottke was and that the fight on Saturday will have the same quality as their first one in Berlin.

Kalle Sauerland: I said before the first fight that it will turn out to be a war, and that was exactly what happened. I don’t expect the rematch to be any different. We are confident and believe that we will again turn out to be the winners.

Tickets for the big fight night at the GETEC-Arena in Magdeburg, Germany can be purchased at www.boxen.com as well as www.sesboxing.de and
www.eventim.de.

(Pictures: Team Sauerland)

Helenius vs. Sprott on March 23

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Is Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) back to his best? March 23 is a big night
for boxing fans all over the world.

Current WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (36-3, 28 KOs) and Robert Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KOs) will meet for the second time within seven months after Abraham took Stieglitz´s title away from him back on August 25. But the fans at the GETEC-Arena in Magdeburg, Germany, have another treat to look forward too, cause what would be a fight night without a matchup between some real heavyweights?

Robert Helenius takes on Britain’s Michael Sprott (37-19, 17 KOs) in only his
second fight after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Helenius will certainly have to be in great shape to fend off the challenge of the very experienced Sprott. The Berkshire born fighter proved his class during his win over Helenius´ Team Sauerland stable mate Edmund Gerber, who at the time was IBF´s number five ranked boxer. Therefore
Helenius knows that it won’t be a walk in the park on March 23. “I was present in Nuremberg when he beat Gerber,” said Helenius. “Sprott is technically gifted, so I will have to make use of my height and reach advantage. My jab could make the difference.”

Tickets for the big fight night at the GETEC-Arena in Magdeburg, Germany can be purchased at www.boxen.com, www.sesboxing.de and www.eventim.de.

(Picture: Photo Wende)