Robert Stieglitz reclaims WBO belt

Updated: March 25, 2013, 12:57 PM ET
Associated Press

MAGDEBURG, Germany -- Robert Stieglitz reclaimed his WBO super middleweight title from fellow German Arthur Abraham with a fourth-round technical knockout on Saturday night.

Roared on by the crowd in his adopted hometown, the Russian-born Stieglitz took the fight to the defending champion from the start, opening a cut above Abraham's left eye in the second round and leaving it swollen shut by the end of the third.

The ring doctor stepped in to end the bout at the start of the fourth round.

The 31-year-old Stieglitz improves to 44-3 with 25 knockouts after regaining the belt he lost to Abraham by unanimous decision in Berlin in August.

Abraham, 33, who was born in Armenia but fights out of Berlin, dropped to 36-4 (28 KOs).


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