When I checked my boxing news on Sunday morning, I was shocked at the coverage of the Stieglitz vs. Abraham II outcome. True, Abraham losing by TKO4 was a surprising upset in a fight where virtually no one favored Robert Stieglitz, even though the latter German was fighting before his hometown crowd. Even so, what left me stunned was how the coverage made it sound as if Abraham was fairly pummeled and whipped into submission, and that this alone was responsible for the stoppage. The assertion is so blatantly wrong that I wonder how many of the people making it actually bothered to watch the four rounds of the fight!
Stieglitz Turned Dirty
Credit: Team Sauerland
As I predicted, Abraham started the fight busier than is his usual want, no doubt more comfortable and familiar with Stieglitz after cleanly defeating him in their previous encounter. That was the limit of his adjustments for the rematch: getting busier sooner. Stieglitz's adjustments for Abraham, such as they were, were in...