Former world champion Arthur Abraham failed to impress in nullifying Italian opponent Giovanni De Carolis in Oldenburg tonight as the German booked a third fight with WBO super-middleweight title holder Robert Stieglitz.
The 33 year-old never really got out of second gear throughout the contest as the judges handed him a 120-108, 119-109 (twice) victory as De Carolis was reluctant to engage in any serious action.
Abraham will now face Stieglitz in a rubbermatch early in 2014 after winning the first and losing the second of their two previous bouts, although will have to improve his form to dethrone his compatriot again.
On the undercard, previously unbeaten Robert Woge was shocked by Ukrainian Anatoliy Dudchenko to drop a first loss in 13 bouts.
Judges gave the decision to Dudchenko 117-111, 117-110 and 115-112 as the ‘Dragon’ picked up a fringe version of the IBF light-heavyweight title, whilst Jack Culcay avenged his only loss to Guido Pitto via a 117-112, 115-113 (twice) decision.
Also on the card, Marcos Nader stopped Luis Crespo in six to retain his EU middleweight belt and move to 18-0-1 after undefeated prospects Enrico Koelling and Tyron Zuege had moved their respective records to 10-0 earlier in the night.
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