Sergey Shtikhlits (born 20 June 1981), best known as Robert Stieglitz, is a German former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2017. He held the WBO super-middleweight title twice between 2009 and 2014, and the European light-heavyweight title from 2016 to 2017.
Stieglitz is part of the German diaspora that exists in Russia, and his original surname of Shtikhlits is a Russified version of the German surname Stieglitz, which he now uses. He himself has said that, even when living in Russia, he always felt foreign and he felt German. Stieglitz went to live in Germany as soon as he got the chance.
Stieglitz had an amateur record of 80 wins and 10 losses.
After accumulating a record of 31-1, Stieglitz then suffered his second loss to Mexico's Librado Andrade in eight rounds at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California in an IBF super-middleweight title eliminator. Stieglitz won the vacant WBC International super-middleweight title on December 9, 2008 in Sölden (Austria) to previously unbeaten Lukas Wilaschek.
WBO super-middleweight champion
Stieglitz vacated the WBC International on 22 June 2009 to fight Karoly Balzsay for the WBO super-middleweight title. At the end of round ten, as a groggy and beaten Balzsay barely wobbled back to his corner, Balzsay's trainer Fritz Sdinek called for help and Balzsay was quickly taken from the ring to the hospital on a stretcher with his neck in a neck brace. Stieglitz recorded a fifth-round technical knockout of Ruben Eduardo Acosta to retain his WBO super-middleweight title. The fight was stopped at 1:48 to give Stieglitz the victory in his first defense. On April 17, 2010 he successfully defended his title in Magdeburg against Eduard Gutknecht.
Stieglitz retained his title with a hard-fought unanimous decision over his Mexican challenger Enrique Ornelas, Andrade's younger brother, at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden. It was a slow start of both fights and little less action but Stieglitz started this fight in style in the second round. The German champion progressed the fight with his sharp jab to give Ornelas some trouble but the Mexican also landed some precise and dangerous shots towards Stieglitz.
He then made successful defenses against Khoren Gevor and Henry Weber. Stieglitz was supposed to face former three-time titleholder Mikkel Kessler in his hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark to defend his 168-pound belt on April 14, 2012 but Kessler pulled out due to injury. Instead, he defended the title with a unanimous decision win over Nader Hamdan on May 5, 2012.
Stieglitz vs. Arthur Abraham trilogy
Stieglitz then lost the WBO super-middleweight title to Arthur Abraham on August 25, 2012. He would rebound with a win over Michal Nieroda on January 26, 2013 before avenging his loss to Abraham and regaining the WBO super-middleweight title with a fourth-round knockout on March 23, 2013.
His first defense in his second reign as WBO super-middleweight champion was a tenth-round TKO win over Yuzo Kiyota on July 13, 2013. The result was originally announced as a Technical Decision win for Stieglitz, but was changed to a TKO after the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer examined the ending of the fight and concluded that Stieglitz did not accidentally headbutt Kiyota. The change was approved by the WBO.
His second defense in his second reign as WBO Champion was against Isaac Ekpo on October 19, 2013. Stieglitz won via unanimous decision.
A rubber match with Arthur Abraham took place on March 1, 2014, with the WBO super-middleweight title on the line once again. Stieglitz lost the bout via split decision.
On 23 May 2017 he announced his retirement from professional boxing with a record of 50 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws. The retirement was injury-related, due to the various operations on his left hand and a shoulder injury which had not fully healed.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|57 fights||50 wins||5 losses|
|57||Draw||50–5–2||Nikola Sjekloća||SD||12||18 Mar 2017||Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany||Retained European light-heavyweight title|
|56||Win||50–5–1||Mehdi Amar||UD||12||12 Nov 2016||GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany||Won European light-heavyweight title|
|55||Win||49–5–1||Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo||TKO||5 (8), 2:47||5 Mar 2016||Home Monitoring Aréna, Plzeň, Czech Republic|
|54||Win||48–5–1||Robert Rosenberg||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||17 Oct 2015||Hospůdka Eden, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic|
|53||Loss||47–5–1||Arthur Abraham||TKO||6 (12), 1:14||18 Jul 2015||Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany||For WBO super-middleweight title|
|52||Draw||47–4–1||Felix Sturm||SD||12||8 Nov 2014||Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany|
|51||Win||47–4||Sergey Khomitsky||TKO||10 (12), 0:12||26 Jul 2014||Anhalt Arena, Dessau, Germany||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|50||Loss||46–4||Arthur Abraham||SD||12||1 Mar 2014||GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany||Lost WBO super-middleweight title|
|49||Win||46–3||Isaac Ekpo||UD||12||19 Oct 2013||Leipzig Trade Fair, Leipzig, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title|
|48||Win||45–3||Yuzo Kiyota||TKO||10 (12), 0:40||13 Jul 2013||EnergieVerbund Arena, Dresden, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title|
|47||Win||44–3||Arthur Abraham||TKO||4 (12), 0:01||23 Mar 2013||GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Germany||Won WBO super-middleweight title|
|46||Win||43–3||Michal Nieroda||KO||3 (8), 1:45||26 Jan 2013||Pabellón del Bon Pastor, Barcelona, Spain|
|45||Loss||42–3||Arthur Abraham||UD||12||25 Aug 2012||O2 World, Berlin, Germany||Lost WBO super-middleweight title|
|44||Win||42–2||Nader Hamdan||UD||12||5 May 2012||Messe, Erfurt, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title|
|43||Win||41–2||Henry Weber||UD||12||14 Jan 2012||Baden-Arena, Offenburg, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title|
|42||Win||40–2||Khoren Gevor||DQ||10 (12), 2:45||9 Apr 2011||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title;|
Gevor disqualified for repeated fouls
|41||Win||39–2||Enrique Ornelas||UD||12||20 Nov 2010||Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title|
|40||Win||38–2||Eduard Gutknecht||UD||12||17 Apr 2010||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title|
|39||Win||37–2||Ruben Eduardo Acosta||TKO||5 (12), 1:48||9 Jan 2010||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained WBO super-middleweight title|
|38||Win||36–2||Károly Balzsay||TKO||11 (12), 0:12||22 Aug 2009||SYMA Sports and Conference Centre, Budapest, Hungary||Won WBO super-middleweight title|
|37||Win||35–2||Jindrich Velecky||UD||10||15 May 2009||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany|
|36||Win||34–2||Dmitri Protkunas||TKO||4 (8), 1:47||10 Jan 2009||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany|
|35||Win||33–2||Lukas Wilaschek||SD||12||9 Dec 2008||Freizeit Arena, Sölden, Austria||Won vacant WBC International super-middleweight title|
|34||Win||32–2||Fawaz Nasir||TKO||5 (8), 1:35||11 Jul 2008||Rundturnhalle, Cuxhaven, Germany|
|33||Loss||31–2||Librado Andrade||TKO||8 (12), 1:53||22 Mar 2008||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, US|
|32||Win||31–1||William Gare||UD||10||13 Oct 2007||Hermann-Gieseler-Halle, Magdeburg, Germany|
|31||Win||30–1||Marlon Hayes||UD||8||2 Jun 2007||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|30||Loss||29–1||Alejandro Berrio||TKO||3 (12), 2:40||3 Mar 2007||StadtHalle, Rostock, Germany||For vacant IBF super-middleweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||Eric Howard||KO||5 (8), 2:50||10 Oct 2006||T-Mobile Arena, Prague, Czech Republic|
|28||Win||28–0||Alejandro Berrio||TKO||11 (12), 0:35||3 Dec 2005||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany|
|27||Win||27–0||Francis Cheka||TKO||5 (12), 2:30||9 Jul 2005||Life Sportpark Herrenkrug, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Lawrence Chapman||RTD||11 (12), 3:00||16 Apr 2005||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Alexander Zaitsev||UD||12||11 Dec 2004||Lausitz Arena, Cottbus, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Yuri Tsarenka||UD||12||18 Sep 2004||Hermann-Gieseler-Halle, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Djamel Selini||UD||12||5 Jun 2004||Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany||Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Galen Brown||TKO||7 (12), 2:37||21 Feb 2004||Ballhaus-Arena, Aschersleben, Germany||Won vacant IBF Youth super-middleweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Marcin Radola||TKO||1 (6)||29 Nov 2003||Lausitz-Arena, Cottbus, Germany|
|20||Win||20–0||Yuri Barashian||UD||10||20 Sep 2003||Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany||Retained IBF Youth light-heavyweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Roman Aramyan||UD||10||5 Jul 2003||Anhalt Arena, Dessau, Germany||Retained IBF Youth light-heavyweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Jeno Novak||KO||4 (8)||25 Apr 2003||Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany|
|17||Win||17–0||Dzianis Salomka||UD||10||1 Mar 2003||Ballhaus-Arena, Aschersleben, Germany||Retained IBF Youth light-heavyweight title|
|16||Win||16–0||Sergey Karanevich||UD||10||31 Oct 2002||Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany||Won vacant IBF Youth light-heavyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Talal Santiago||TKO||3 (8), 2:10||21 Sep 2002||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany|
|14||Win||14–0||Pavel Cirok||TKO||4 (6), 2:00||8 Jun 2002||Anhalt Arena, Dessau, Germany|
|13||Win||13–0||Marius Mihai Dumitru||KO||2 (6)||11 May 2002||Circus Krone Building, Munich, Germany|
|12||Win||12–0||Laszlo Dolgos||TKO||3 (6), 1:20||13 Apr 2002||Harzlandhalle, Ilsenburg, Germany|
|11||Win||11–0||Bruce Oezbek||UD||6||16 Mar 2002||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany|
|10||Win||10–0||Laszlo Dolgos||TKO||3 (4)||23 Feb 2002||Neu-Isenburg, Germany|
|9||Win||9–0||Terrence Paliso||TKO||2 (6)||5 Jan 2002||Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany|
|8||Win||8–0||Roman Nikodem||KO||3 (6)||8 Dec 2001||Glaspalast, Dessau, Germany|
|7||Win||7–0||Henry Mobio||PTS||4||15 Sep 2001||Telde, Canary Islands|
|6||Win||6–0||Patrick Madzinga||TKO||2 (4), 2:35||7 Jul 2001||Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany|
|5||Win||5–0||Ondrej Olah||TKO||2 (4)||22 Jun 2001||Salzgitter, Germany|
|4||Win||4–0||Tomas Kugler||TKO||4 (4)||8 Jun 2001||Berlin, Germany|
|3||Win||3–0||Karel Ferenc||KO||2 (4)||28 Apr 2001||Eisenbach, Germany|
|2||Win||2–0||Pavel Veprek||KO||1 (4)||22 Apr 2001||Berlin, Germany|
|1||Win||1–0||Petr Pokorny||UD||4||7 Apr 2001||Harzlandhalle, Ilsenburg, Germany|