Karoly Balzsay vs. Robert Stieglitz

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2009-08-22 : Karoly Balzsay 166¾ lbs lost to Robert Stieglitz 167 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 10 of 12

Robert Stieglitz won the WBO Super Middleweight title with an eleventh round stoppage of champion Karoly Balszay in his first defense. Stieglitz, now 36-2 with 22 kayos, a former WBC titleholder out of Magdeburg, Germany, came forward and attacked with left-right combinations for eight rounds and had a competitive Balzsay, now 21-1 with 15 kayos, a hometown Hungarian fighting out of Hamburg, Germany, beaten on points and tired by that point. In rounds nine and ten, Stieglitz threw everything he had in the tank and assaulted Balzsay, who had nothing left and was battered around the ring. At the end of round ten, as a groggy and beaten Balzsay barely wobbled back to his corner, in a frightening moment, 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. However, Balzsay appeared to be conscious and was moving and responding by that point, a hopeful sign that he would make it.