World championship boxing returns to EPIX this month. Two- division
world champion "King" ARTHUR ABRAHAM will defend
his WBO super middleweight crown against the former champion he
dethroned, ROBERT STIEGLITZ, in a rematch of their “Fight of The
Year”-contender of last summer. Abraham-Stieglitz II will be televised
live ringside from GTEC Arena in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany on Saturday,
March 23, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT, exclusively
on EPIX, the premium entertainment service. EPIX will
stream the fights live on EpixHD.com and on the EPIX app on Xbox
consoles and Roku players as part of a special free trial offer for
These two gladiators boast three world titles between them and a
combined record of 79-6 (52 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 93% and a
victory by knockout ratio of 66%.
In addition to the Abraham- Stieglitz world super middleweight
championship rematch, the live EPIX telecast will feature undefeated No.
1 heavyweight contender ROBERT “The Nordic Nightmare” HELENIUS, risking
rank and record in the co-main event.
Abraham (36-3, 28 KOs), a native of Armenia who lives in Berlin,
certainly lived up to his ring name, King Arthur, when he ruled the
middleweight division as an undefeated world champion. He captured the
vacant International Boxing Federation (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 and was eliminated from the tournament. In
2012 he righted his ship, knocking out Pablo Farias in the fifth round
to claim the WBO European super middleweight title. 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 26.
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 en route to becoming the
WBO’s No. 1 heavyweight contender. In his last fight, on November 10,
2012, he defeated Sherman Williams by unanimous decision.
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