Arthur Abraham seized a first world title at super middleweight by beating compatriot Robert Stieglitz in Berlin on Saturday night.
The new WBO belt holder, and former middleweight supremo, was seemingly drinking in the last chance saloon at 168 pounds, having suffered three damaging defeats in little over two years.
However, the Armenian born fighter threw off the negative shackles that dogged his performances in the Super Six to record scores of 116-112, 116-12 and 115-113.
Stieglitz, who himself suffers a third career defeat and loses the title he has held since 2009, was due to fight Britain’s George Groves earlier in the summer only for the Londoner to pull out with a long-standing back injury.
Abraham may now feel equipped to return to the negotiating table with either Carl Froch or Andre Ward - the two men widely acknowledged as being at the top of the division.
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