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March 04, 2013

EPIX TO AIR ABRAHAM-STIEGLITZ II FROM STIEGLITZ'S HOMETOWN

Press Release: On March 23rd, American boxing fans can tune in to Epix to watch its broadcast of Arthur Abraham defending his WBO super middleweight title in a rematch against the man he dethroned, Robert Stieglitz. Abraham-Stieglitz II will be televised live from Stieglitz's hometown of Magdeburg, Germany on Saturday, March 23rd, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, exclusively on Epix. The network will also stream the fights live on EpixHD.com. In addition to Abraham-Stieglitz II, the broadcast will feature  heavyweight contender Robert Helenius against an opponent to be named later.             

Abraham (36-3, 28 KOs), a native of Armenia who lives in Berlin, captured the vacant IBF middleweight crown in 2005, knocking out Kingsley Ikeke in the fifth round. He successfully defended his title 11 times – seven by way of knockout – during his four-year reign. The contenders he defeated as middleweight champion had a combined record of 298-18-6 when he fought them, including Shannon Taylor, Kofi Jantuah, Edison Miranda, Lajuan Simon and Raul Marquez.

In search of bigger challenges, Abraham vacated his title and moved up to super middleweight to compete in the Super Six tournament in 2009. After knocking out former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in the opening bout, he lost his next three tournament bouts and was eliminated from the tournament.

In 2012 he righted his ship, knocking out Pablo Farias in the fifth round. Two fights later, he upset Stieglitz, winning an exciting 12-round unanimous decision. In his last fight, Abraham successfully defended his new title, knocking out Medhi Bouadla in the eighth round last December 15.                 

Stieglitz (43-3, 24 KOs), a Russian native who fights out of Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, enters his title challenge having won 12 of his last 13 bouts. Stieglitz captured the WBO super middleweight title in 2009, knocking out undefeated defending champion Karoly Balzsay in the 11th round. He successfully defended the title six times against contenders who had a combined record of 160-23-7 when he fought them during his three-year reign. He lost the title to Abraham last August 25. In his last fight, Stieglitz traveled to Barcelona, Spain and knocked out Michal Nieroda in the third round on January 26th.         

Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs), a native of Sweden who fights out of Berlin, Germany, boasts knockout victories over former heavyweight champions Lamon Brewster and Samuel Peter as well as top contenders Dereck Chisora, Siarhei Liakhovich, and Attila Levin. In his last fight, on November 10, 2012, he defeated Sherman Williams by unanimous decision.   



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