04/22/2017 Gilberto Ramirez vs. Max Bursak

Date:  Saturday, April 22, 2017

WBO Super Middleweight Title Bout

Location: StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Promoter:   Top Rank / Bob Arum

Supervisor:   Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Referee:  Tom Taylor

Judges:  Tom Carusone (120-106); Cesar Ramos (120-106); Fernando Villareal (120-106)

Results:  The WBO Super Middleweight Title was retained by the Champion Gilberto Ramirez by Unanimous Decision.

TV:  USA iNDEMAND, USA Dish Network, USA Direct TV

Gilberto Ramirez vs. Max Bursak in Play For April 22

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By Miguel Rivera

World Boxing Organization super middleweight champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will make his first championship defense on April 22 in California, according to the information that Top Rank’s Bob Arum disclosed to Mexican promoter Jesus Zapari.

Based on the information given to Zapari, the opponent of ‘Zurdo’ will be Ukrainian contender Max Bursak, who has a record of 33-4-1 and 15 knockouts. In addition, the European is 32 years old and he’s lost fights to top opponents like Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Zac Dunn and Martín Murray.

Zápari, who along with promoter Arum leads the career of Ramirez, was advised of the details on Monday and told that his boxer would fight in Los Angeles, California.

Zapari was under the impression that Ramirez would join the undercard of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, who is also fighting on that day – and the Filipino star’s return will happen in either Australia or the United Arab Emirates. But Ramirez will appear on a separate presentation in California.

“The date Arum gave us was April 22nd in California against the Ukrainian. At the beginning we thought there was a chance of having a role in Pacquiao’s undercard, but they have not decided on that, so what we have been told is that he’s goes to fight Bursak in California, which is good because we wanted to stage a fight in this area,” Zápari said to ESPN Deportes.

Ramirez became the first Mexican fighter to win a world super middleweight championship (168 pounds) last April, after he dethroned the dangerous German veteran Arthur Abraham in Las Vegas. However, he could not fight for the rest of 2016 due to an injury to the knuckle of his right hand.

The first defense was scheduled for July 23, but after the injury he withdrew from that opportunity. He was forced to undergo surgery, which left him on the shelf for the rest of the year.

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Team Ramirez: Zurdo Has What it Takes To KO Jack or DeGale!

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By Ryan Burton

WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez (34-0) and his team were very interested observers of the war waged Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack and IBF champion James DeGale battled to a twelve round majority draw in an exciting fight that saw both fighters retain their titles.

Based on what Ramirez’s co-trainer Héctor Zapari saw in he fight, he believes that his charge has what it takes to defeat either of them.

“Zurdo has all of the tools necessary to clearly defeat either of them or knock them out,” said Zapari.

“We are very confident that our promoter Bob Arum can make the biggest fights possible. Zurdo will come back to the ring better than every after his surgery. He is very motivated to get back in the ring.”

Ramírez last fought in April 2016 as part of the Pacquiao-Bradley III undercard, when he captured his title with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Arthur Abraham. He was slated to return to the ring in July but aggravated an injury to a knuckle in his right hand during training camp which required surgery and has kept him sidelined.

He is now back training at full speed and is looking to return to the ring in March or April.

“The greatest champions fight other champions and unify titles. Zurdo is ready for all of the other three champions at 168 pounds.” Zapari told BoxingScene.com.

www.boxingscene.com/team-ramirez-zurdo-what-it-takes-ko-jack-degale–112700?print_friendly=1

 

Arum: Golovkin vs. Ramirez, We Have Deal in Principle For 2017

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By Ryan Burton, Steve Kim

Two days ago, BoxingScene.com’s Steve Kim broke the news that a potential Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin mega-fight will not take place until September 2017. A lot can obviously happen in that amount of time so a date that far out is far from set in stone.

The hard hitting Triple G (35-0, 32KOs) has long clamored for big fights but has had difficulty securing a top level opponent.

One such fighter who has expressed interest in facing Golovkin is newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (34-0, 24KOs).

The 24-year-old fighter from Mazatlán, Sinaloa made history by becoming the first Mexican to win a title in the 168 pound division in April when he routed former two-division champion Arthur Abraham on the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley 3 undercard.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum revealed that he has had discussions with Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, and they have a tentative agreement in place to fight in the fall if both fighters keep winning and GGG fails to secure a fight against Canelo.

“Well the plan with Ramirez is he defends his title against the German (Dominik Birsch) on July 23rd on the Crawford-Postol card and then we will have him fight in the fall in another title defense and if all goes well – I’ve been talking to Tom Loeffler about Golovkin challenging Ramirez for the super middleweight title – and we have a deal in principle,” Arum told BoxingScene.com.

“Obviously Golovkin would rather fight Canelo but he’s coming to the realization that Canelo, despite the act that he put on after his last fight inviting Golovkin into the ring, has absolutely no intention to fight Golovkin and the true Mexican warrior – the guy who would not hesitate to go in the ring with Golovkin – with a good chance to beat Golovkin, is Zurdo Ramirez.”

And says the agreement is no joke.

“I’m not like these other guys, I don’t mess around. I’m too old, I don’t have enough time left,” said the 84-year old promoter, who recently celebrated his 50th year in the business.

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Crawford-Postol PPV undercard announcement

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WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez will headline the HBO-PPV undercard topped by the junior welterweight world title unification battle between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “the Iceman” Viktor Postol on July 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Ramirez will be making the first defense of his championship crown against Dominik Britsch. Valdez will face undefeated #2 world-rated contender Matías “La Cobrita” Rueda, possibly for the vacant WBO featherweight world title. The pay-per-view telecast will open with former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr. risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating in a 10-round welterweight battle against Francisco “Chia” Santana.

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Gilberto Ramirez To Golovkin: Right Here is a True Mexican!

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By Miguel Rivera –

World Boxing Organization super middleweight world champion Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (34-0, 24KOs) will defend his belt for the first time on the 23rd of July at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard to Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol.

Ramirez captured the world title at the same venue on April 9th with a twelve round decision over longtime champion Arthur Abraham on the Pacquaio-Bradley undercard.

According to Ramirez’s co-promoter, Jesus Zapari – he really wants to get in the ring with WBA/IBO/IBF middleweight champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (35-0, 32KOs).

Ramirez’s other promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, is fully on board to make that fight.

“We just need to see the opponent, but the date is July 23 in the co-feature of Crawford and Postol on HBO Pay-Per-View,” said Zapari to ESPN Deportes. “I think there’s enough time for a good preparation. I think 12 to 13 weeks is a good timeframe, and we’re expecting nothing other than Bob Arum telling us the opponent.”

Golovkin is the mandatory challenger to the WBC middleweight title held by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. If Canelo defeats Amir Khan on May 7th, and the refuses to fight Golovkin, then Ramirez is ready to step in there for a fight.

Golovkin says Ramirez needs to raise his profile with a few more fights. The upcoming July date will be Ramirez’s second fight on HBO PPV.

“If he wants it. We’re ready to go ahead. We are ready to fight him and right here is a true Mexican,” Ramirez said.

Zapari says Ramirez will raise himself to a new level by facing someone like Golovkin.

“We like that fight, it is what we want. I definitely do not see it as an easy fight for Golovkin. I think which it is one of those fights that would launch Ramirez to great heights,” Zapari said.

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Gilberto Ramirez defeats Arthur Abraham, wins WBO title

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By Dan Ambrose: Undefeated #1 WBO Gilberto “Zurdo’ Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs) won a surprisingly easy 12 round unanimous decision victory over WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KOs) to become the first Mexican to win the 168lb world title in their fight on HBO Boxing PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were an identical 120-108, 120-108 and 120-108.

I didn’t agree with those scores. I had Abraham winning three rounds in the fight. The judges didn’t give Abraham much credit. However, it was a very one-sided fight though, as the 6’2 ½” Ramirez was simply too tall for the shorter, older 5’9” Abraham.

Ramirez was constantly moving around the ring, peppering Abraham with jabs and hooks the entire three minutes of every round. When Abraham did land some solid shots, Ramirez was sure to fire back with counter shots.

In the 2nd round, Ramirez hurt Abraham with a left to the head that had him holding on. It was a good shot from Ramirez that caught the 36-year-old Ramirez when he was coming forward trying to land one of his own shots.

Ramirez nailed Abraham with a clubbing right hand to the head in the final seconds of the 4th round, and then gave him a hard shoulder when he attempted to come forward to retaliate with a punch of his own. It was a good move by Ramirez, but clearly a dirty move on his part. The referee didn’t do anything about it other than warn Ramirez.

In the 5th round, Ramirez hit Abraham with a hard low blow while he was coming forward. The action stopped for a bit while Abraham recovered. Before the round ended, Ramirez nailed Abraham with a rabbit shot to the back of the head. Ramirez was clearly getting dirty in this round, but Abraham kept his cool and didn’t start getting dirty with his own rough stuff.

Abraham landed two solid left hands to the head of Ramirez in the 6th round that drove him to the ropes. That was arguably Abraham’s best round of the fight, even though Ramirez still landed more punches.

From the 7th round on, Ramirez began to move much more around the ring, changing directions and throwing light hooks. The constant movement and incoming punches kept Abraham from being able to set his feet to throw his own power shots.

Ramirez dominated the last four rounds of the contest with his movement and high volume shots. Abraham looked defeated by that point in the fight, and he wasn’t trying hard to land anything the way he needed to.

Overall, it was a good effort from Ramirez. He boxed well, and kept out of the way of Abraham. It was kind of boring to watch, however. Compared to some of the more entertaining super middleweights in the division, Ramirez is decidedly boring due to all the movement that he uses. If his promoter Bob Arum wants to turn him into a star, he’s going to need to keep him a little more stationary because the constant movement is not interesting to watch. When you compare Ramirez’s performance to the other fighters on the card like Oscar Valdez and Jose Ramirez, he was very dull to watch.

Arum wants to lure IBF/IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin up to super middleweight so that he can fight Gilberto Ramirez. I don’t see that happening ever. Ramirez is a very, very big super middleweight who could clearly fight in the light heavyweight division if he wanted to.

www.boxingnews24.com/2016/04/gilberto-ramirez-defeats-arthur-abraham-wins-wbo-title/

Arthur Abraham vs. Gilberto Ramirez: Fight Time, Date, Live Stream and TV Info

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It’s been nearly five years since WBO world super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham fought outside of Germany, where he’s made his home for most of his life.

His last boxing venture abroad was at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, where he lost to Andre Ward via unanimous decision. It was his third loss in four fights, but Abraham rekindled his career by setting up shop in Germany and becoming the fighter to beat in the super middleweight ranks.

With his reputation in Europe firmly established, the Armenian-born Abraham is returning to the United States for a high-profile title defense on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Jr. rubber match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Undefeated up-and-comer Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will be looking to dethrone the battle-tested Abraham, who presents by far the toughest challenge of his promising career. The 24-year-old is looking to become the first Mexican boxer to win a super middleweight title.

“That’s why you work so hard,” Ramirez told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael through a translator. “You don’t want to just be a guy. You want to be a special fighter. The opportunity to be the first Mexican super middleweight champion is added motivation for me. It really means a lot.”

Here’s the viewing info and odds for the super middleweight clash.

 

Abraham vs. Ramirez: Fight Time, Viewing Info


When: Saturday, April 9 at 9 p.m. ET

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

TV: HBO (pay-per-view)

Live Stream: Top Rank TV (pay-per-view)

Odds: Abraham 9-5; Ramirez 10-23

www.bleacherreport.com/articles/2630660-arthur-abraham-vs-gilberto-ramirez-fight-time-date-live-stream-and-tv-info

Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz: Winner, Recap and Reaction

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WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham put a period on the end of the following sentence on Saturday in Germany: “Arthur Abraham is better than Robert Stieglitz.”

With an emphatic sixth-round KO in their fourth meeting, Abraham left no doubt which man holds sway in the long rivalry. He dropped Stieglitz with a hard right hand, and his opponent’s corner showed the towel, signaling the surrender.

Here’s a look at the sequence in a tweet from Only Full Fights:

Before being floored for good in the sixth, Stieglitz also hit the canvas in the fourth round. Abraham has beaten his compatriot and former champion in three of four fights now, but none of the previous victories were as definitive as this one.

Abraham was the aggressor for most of the fight, as his opponent looked out of sorts. Stieglitz moved as if he lacked energy and motivation. This fight was clearly lacking the energy and competitiveness that had made spots of the previous three fights compelling.

Many members of the boxing community seemed relieved to see the Abraham-Stieglitz saga come to an apparent end. TalkinBoxing‘s take was just one example:

At 34 years old and with his skills clearly declining, Stieglitz has to ask himself if this should be the end of the road.

He rarely fought outside of his native Germany. He and Abraham passed the WBO super middleweight championship back and forth the better part of three years. If Stieglitz stops fighting, he won’t go down as one of the best 168-pounders of his era, but he has had a nice career.

Abraham has fought far better competition. He’s beaten Edison Miranda twice and former champions Jermain Taylor and Raul Marquez. The Armenian-born champion is now 35 years old and has shown no willingness to venture outside of his adopted home of Germany to defend his title.

In fact, the last time he fought anywhere besides Germany was in 2011 when Andre Ward outclassed him in the 168-pound Super Six Tournament.

For years Abraham and Stieglitz have competed largely in a bubble. After Saturday’s decisive end to their rivalry, one of their bubbles has burst, and it’s time for the next chapter in both fighters’ careers.

We’ll see which direction they go in the coming months.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2526120-arthur-abraham-vs-robert-stieglitz-winner-recap-and-reaction

Abraham-Stieglitz IV confirmed for July 18

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WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) is set to reignite his feud with rival and mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Abraham and Stieglitz first met in August 2012, where a points decision earned Abraham the WBO strap. In a March 2013 rematch, Stieglitz got his revenge with a fourth-round technical knockout victory. The belt once again changed hands in March 2014 with Abraham flooring Stieglitz on his way to a split decision win. The stage is now set for a fourth battle between ‘King Arthur’ and Stieglitz.

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/abraham-stieglitz-iv-confirmed-for-july-18-290671

Abraham: Smith will not see the 12th round

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WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is annoyed by insinuations that he won his first fight with Paul Smith by a bad decision rendered by judges Waleska Roldan (117-111), Fernando Laguna (119-109), Zoltan Enyedi (117-111). “King Arthur” says plans to defeat Smith decisively when they meet again on February 21 at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.

“I want to clarify once again clearly who is the champion here,” said Abraham. “Paul Smith had a good performance in the first fight, I was just better. Why there was all this whining in the English media about a bad decision I don’t understand. Neither I nor the promoter choose the judges. Like the last time, they are chosen by the world federation.”

As for Smith’s assertion that the immediate rematch was granted because Abraham was ashamed of getting the decision in the first fight, Abraham stated, “That is absolute rubbish! Smith only wants to provoke me. He should train hard because in the rematch I will show no mercy. Actually I just want to prove it to the English press who made the first fight into a scandal.”

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/abraham-smith-will-not-see-12th-round-278725

Sport picture of the day: Arthur Abraham, barbed wire boxer

 

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Showing no fear of pain! Germany’s WBO Super Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham, looks to strike an intimidating pose with barbed wire at his training camp, in preparation for defence of his title at the O2-World in Berlin later this month. Fortunately for his opponent, Britain’s Paul Smith, it’s staged and the blood and wire are fake!

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WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28KOs) and Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8KOs) went face to face at the final press conference for their upcoming showdown. The fight takes place at the Velodrom in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany. Abraham is making his first defense after recapturing the title in March with a hard-fought win over Robert Stieglitz in their trilogy match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stieglitz-Ekpo Public Workout

 

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His opponent, Nigerian Isaac Ekpo, didn’t show much. In the training ring, he completed only a few light exercises with the jump rope and practiced shadow boxing. Ekpo was given a few pairs of goalie gloves so he can resume his career as a goalkeeper after presumably losing the world championship fight.

 

The world champion, however, gave the fans several minutes of pad work with his coach, then he stayed and fulfilled boxing fans’ many requests for autographs.

 

Also showing their skills were WBC Youth titleholder Dominic Bösel, ex-IBF champion Jan Zaveck, and Tom Schwarz and Tom Pahlmann from “Team Germany.”

 

On this coming coming Saturday, Robert Stieglitz defends the WBO super middleweight crown against Isaac Ekpo.

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WBO champ Stieglitz wants to ‘tame’ Ekpo

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WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs) is ready to defend his title against WBO #7 Isaac Ekpo (22-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the EINS Exhibition Hall in Leipzig, Germany.

Below are quotes from Monday’s press conference:

Robert Stieglitz: “I am extremely motivated. I must cap off the honors and the two victories of this year in Leipzig. Being number one and leading the success of the entire SES team makes us all very proud. I was very well prepared in recent fights. But now I have once again stepped up my game. Isaac Ekpo is physically very strong. He will want to use his first world title chance. He is boxing not only for himself but for all of Nigeria. Isaac will give everything. But I am well known for the fact that I can deal with lions!”

Isaac Ekpo: “I want to use my first shot at a world title. I am very happy about it. When Robert Stieglitz enters the ring with a lion, he’ll have a hard time winning​​. There can be only one: him or me! God will help me and he’s watching over me. I believe in God’s help. Before, I was goalkeeper in soccer. But boxing is a man-against-man situation. This is much more attractive and clear for me. Therefore, I prefer boxing. ”

Ulf Steinforth: “We’ve always had an eye on Leipzig. I always wanted to host an event with championship fights here. We are particularly pleased about October 19th. About 4,500 tickets have already been sold. This makes us optimistic that we can announce in the coming days, we’re sold out.”

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Stieglitz’s Victory Over Kiyota Changed To a TKO Win

robert stieglitz (11)SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced today that the win of the super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz over Yuzo Kiyota on July 13 in Germany has been change from a Technical Decision to a TKO after an examination of the fight video.

Stieglitz (45-3, 26 KOs) beat Kiyota (23-4-1, 21 KOs) by a Technical decision last July 13 at :40 seconds of the tenth round when the referee Celestino Ramirez determined that the cuts on Kiyota were caused by an accidental headbutt and due to he was bleeding badly, the fight went to the scorecards. The result were 100-89 (Alejandro Lopez Cid), 99-90 (Terry O’Connor) and 99-90 (Ingo Barrabas), all for Stieglitz.

But after an examination of the video by the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB) and its President Thomas Puetz, was determined that it was not an accidental headbutt and turned the result to the 10 round TKO victory for Stieglitz. The determination was accepted by the WBO.

http://www.boxingscene.com/stieglitzs-victory-over-kiyota-changed-tko-win–67906

Robert Stieglitz vs Yuzo Kiyota: Fight Time, Date, Live Stream, TV Info and More

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Newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion, Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KO) may be cherry-picking with his choice of opponent for his next bout, but there’s always the possibility that he could be biting into some bad fruit.

Stieglitz will defend his crown against Japanese KO artist Yuzo Kiyota (23-3-1, 21 KO) Saturday night in the champion’s home country of Germany. Stieglitz is coming off a dominant performance over tough Arthur Abraham in March. He stopped Abraham in the fourth round to earn the WBO title.

Stieglitz now faces Kiyota, who is the 63rd ranked super middleweight in the world by Boxrec.com, but is somehow slated 10th by the WBO. The latter is the only governing body that ranks Kiyota in the top 10, so make of that what you will.

On paper, it looks as though Stieglitz should have an easy time with Kiyota, but this is boxing and strange things happen on the way to expected, easy victories. Here’s how you can watch the fight, followed by a closer look at the matchup:

When Where TV Coverage
Saturday, July 13 at 4:20 p.m. EDT Energie Verbund Arena in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany Sat. 1 in Germany and on ESPN3 via Live Stream

The Book on Stieglitz

Is He Taking it Too Easy?

The 32-year-old champion has the opportunity to cash in with bigger fights later this year or possibly early in 2014. Andre Ward is considered the top dog in the 168-pound weight class, but IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch, WBC champion Sakio Bika, George Groves and Thomas Oosthuizen are all possibilities as well.

With so many higher-profile opponents within Stieglitz’s sights, there is always the danger of overlooking a seemingly less dangerous foe.

Oosthuizen may have done just that in his last fight. He was out-boxed by Brandon Gonzales, but the latter was shafted when the fight was called a draw. Stieglitz has to be careful not to allow himself to be caught off guard against Kiyota.

In the Ring

Stieglitz’s style usually creates exciting fights. He comes straight forward and doesn’t employ a ton of head movement—especially when he believes he has the upper hand.

Though he doesn’t boast an overly impressive KO percentage (53.19), his pressure and conditioning can wear an opponent down.

Against a less-experienced fighter like Kiyota, that may be all he needs.

The Book on Kiyota

Can He Shock the World? Well, At Least Central Europe.

You may be wondering why Kiyota showed up for the press conference wearing a surgical mask. Kiyota said this during the pre-fight press conference, per Fight News:

“It’s common for Japanese athletes to protect themselves from infection. That’s why I wear the mask.”

He’ll be hoping his performance is infectious Saturday night. The 29-year-old Japanese fighter has 21 KOs, but considering most of his opposition have been rudimentary, his knockout exploits aren’t quite as impressive.

Three of his last six fights have come against fighters who don’t even have winning records. The lone time he faced a fighter with a respectable mark in that time span occurred in October 2010. Kiyota was stopped in the first round by Jameson Bostic in that fight.

It could be a long—or short—night for Kiyota.

In the Ring

It was difficult finding video of Kiyota‘s fights. That’s the problem when a fighter has such a nondescript list of opposition. Kiyota can punch, but can he land against a top-notch, 168-pound fighter who will clearly represent the best opposition he’s faced?

Prediction

Stieglitz will lay waste to Kiyota by the third round. Kiyota may have been germ conscience at the press conference, but a mask won’t protect him from Stieglitz’s fists Saturday night.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1700314-robert-stieglitz-vs-yuzo-kiyota-fight-time-date-live-stream-tv-info-and-more

Stieglitz-Kiyota Public Workout

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Photos: P. Gercke / Team SES

Several hundred boxing fans watched WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and challenger Yuzo Kiyota participated in a public workout at the Centrum Galerie in Dresden, Germany. Stieglitz worked the pads with trainer Dirk Dzemski, while Kiyota was very restrained in his actions not wanting to give Stieglitz any insight about his mobility.

Also on hand was female world champion Christina Hammer and Swedish challenger Mikaela Lauren who engaged in a tense 90-second face-off. Lauren then shoved Hammer with both hands. Also on hand were SES fighters Lukas Konecny, Michael Wallisch, Robin Krasniqi and Dario Bredicean. Lukas Konecny ​​defends his WBO European middleweight against Frenchman Moez Fhima and Michael Wallisch defends his German heavyweight championship against Alexander Kahl.

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Stieglitz-Kiyota referee and judges

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, July 13, in the world title fights to be held in Germany and Philippines.

At the Energie Verbund-Arena en Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, the WBO supermiddleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (44-3, 25 KOs) will make his first defense when he faces Japanese Yuzo Kiyota (23-3-1, 21 KOs), the #10 ranked, in a Sport Events Steinforth presentation. For this fight the referee will be Celestino Ruiz from United States.

Meanwhile the judges for the Stieglitz-Kiyota bout are Alejandro López Cid from México, Terry O’Connor from United Kingdom and Ingo Barrabas from Germany. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be the President Paco Valcarcel himself.

Otherwise, at the Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, the WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (22-0, 11 KOs) will defend his belt for the first time against the #15 ranked Jorle Estrada (17-6, 6 KOs) from Colombia. The referee for this bout will be Raul Caiz Jr. from United States.

The judges for the fight between Sabillo and Estrada, an ALA Promotions presentation, are Salven Lagumbay from Philippines and Joe García and Ulysses Glen, both from United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Leon Panoncillo Jr.

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Stieglitz-Kiyota press conference highlights

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A press conference was held Monday for Saturday’s big SES Boxing world championship boxing card at the Energy Verbund Arena in Dresden, Germany. WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends his title against Yuzo Kiyota in the main event. Kiyota wore a surgical mask the entire time.

Robert Stieglitz: In the last fight in Dresden, the audience was great, so it’s like boxing at home here. I’ve had a look at the last fights of Yuzo Kiyota. He boxes aggressively, goes forward and is physically strong. On Saturday I must once again call on what I can do.

Stieglitz’ trainer Dirk Dzemski: Up to now I only know Yuzo Kiyota from videos. He’s a strong kid. Robert must validate his performance from March (against Arthur Abraham).

Yuzo Kiyota: It’s common for Japanese athletes to protect themselves from infection. That’s why I wear the mask. Robert Stieglitz boxes very fast. He’s a good fighter. I want to win this fight with a knockout.

The card also features two-division female champion Christina Hammer once again at middleweight defending her WBO and WBF titles, middleweight Lukas Konecny defending the WBO European belt, and German heavyweight champion Michael Wallisch defending against Alexander Kahl. In addition, recent light heavyweight world title challenger Robin Krasniqi and Axel Shulz’ super middleweight discovery Dario Bredicean will see action.

Robin Krasniqi: I have taken a lot of experience out of the world title fight against Nathan Cleverly. I was very sad about the defeat, but I’m a fighter and I’ll show it.

Lucas Koncny: It’s nice to box in Dresden. This is ideal for my Czech fans.

Michael Wallisch: I learned to box almost around the corner in Chemnitz. I have a lot of friends in Dresden. It’s like a second home for me. It is important to fight for the German championship. Finally it should be clarified by the German heavyweights who is the best.

Promoter Ulf Steinforth: SES has at the moment the best boxing there is. In 2010, [our card in] Dresden was the birth for the deal with SAT.1. So, naturally there was no question that the new run should start in Dresden. I’m happy about all the fights on Saturday. This is a top card for the Energy Verbund Arena. Especially the appearance of Michael Wallisch pleases me. He has an attractive boxing style and the balls to go toe-to-toe. This isn’t always the case in the heavyweight division.

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