Last night at Herrmann Gieseler Hall in Magdeburg, former IBF Super Middle title challenger Robert Stieglitz took a big step back towards elite status with a clear ten round points victory over South African Champion William Gare.
Stieglitz made his second appearance since suffering a brutal third round stoppage at the hands of Colombian slugger Alejandro Berrio in March for the vacant IBF title and was put through his paces over the course of the bout by Gare.
Gare had only moved up from light middle in the past year after a long career at 154 lb having faced the best in South Africa as well as top Europeans of the early 2000's such as Antonio Perugino, Steve Roberts and Mihaly Kotai.
With such a seasoned background and having fought many of his bouts abroad, Gare wasn't the least bit phased by the partisan German crowd at Hermann Gieseler Halle but had difficulty penetrating the defenses of the taller, younger Stieglitz.
Stieglitz showed good movement and controlled the pace of the bout with his superior boxing skills until suffering a bad cut in the sixth and was more cautious after that but cruised to a 98-92 (twice) and 98-93 win after ten rounds.
With the win, Stieglitz improves to 31-1 (19), while Gare drops to 22-14 (4).
In other action in Magdeburg, Jan Zaveck, 23-0 (13), won the German International Welter crown with a ten round unanimous decision over Albert Starikov, 8-8 (3).