Lem Satterfield

Stieglitz wins; Kessler’s next

WBO super middleweight beltholder Robert Stieglitz earned his 10th straight victory with Saturday’s one-sided, unanimous decision over Henry Weber in Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Stieglitz (41-2, 23 knockouts) won 119-109, 118-110, and 116-112 on the cards of Roberto Torres, Ingo Barrabas and Zoltan Enyedi. It was the first professional loss for Weber, who is now 15-1-1, with three knockouts.

In victory, Stieglitz set up an April clash with former WBA and WBC counterpart Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs), to take place in Kessler’s native Denmark.

Kessler has won two straight bouts since being dethroned as WBA beltholder by Andre Ward, including a decision over current WBC titleholder Carl Froch and a sixth-round TKO of Mehdi Bouadla (22-4, 10 KOs) in June.

In September of last year, Kessler cited an eye injury as his reasons for withdrawing from Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, and had a hand injury that canceled his scheduled bout against Stieglitz that was to take place in November.

Stieglitz’s last suffered defeat when he was stopped in the eighth round in March of 2008 by Librado Andrade, over whom Kessler won a unanimous decision in March of 2007.

Stieglitz dethroned Karoly Balzsay to gain his title by 11th-round stoppage in August of 2009, and has made five defenses of the belt.

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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