In the post-Berlin Wall era, Germany has used its expanded borders and growing affluence to collect dozens of quality fighters from around Europe while developing some of its own homegrown talent.
The German fight scene, now, is healthier than it's ever been before and the talent pool of available world class fighters just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
In honor of this Saturday's Robert Stieglitz-Arthur Abraham all-German WBO super middleweight title contest, here's a look at the Top 5 fighters from Germany (Either German-born boxers or those who have spent a significant chunk of their lives living in the country):
Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs)
The reigning WBA middleweight champ takes a lot of criticism for a relatively poor level of opposition, overall, but the 33-year-old is a quality fighter. With three world middleweight title reigns and a 14-2-2 record in world title fights, Sturm deserves some recognition and has, to some degree, raised the level of his opposition in his last three contests. A unification against IBF middleweight champ, Daniel Geale, is scheduled for September 1st.
Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs)
The Serbian-born WBO cruierweight world titlist has been a main stage cruiser since 2009 and, most recently, dropped a close majority decision to consensus number three heavyweight in the world, Alexander Povetkin, in a back and forth thriller. In his last bout he drew with Ola Afolabi, but that doesn't erase a three-year and eight-fight stretch as defending world champ.
Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs)
The reigning WBO super middleweight world champ is easy to forget among the bigger stars in the 168 lb. class. However, while the division was crowning a consensus champ via the Super Six tournament, Stieglitz was winning the WBO title the old fashioned way. The jury is still out on the Russian-born titlist, but this Saturday (August 25th) Stieglitz will get his chance to define his title reign against the mega-popular former middleweight champ, Arthur Abraham.
Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs)
As IBF middleweight champ, Armenia's "King" Arthur Abraham captured the hearts and minds of the German fans with ten straight title defense before moving up to the jam-packed super middleweight division for a try at international glory. After a chilling twelfth round knockout of Jermain Taylor in the opening bout of the Super Six tournament, Abraham was brought down to Earth in a major way with three consecutive tournament losses (to Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch, and Andre Ward). On August 25th, Abraham gets one last chance at a world title when he challenges for Robert Stieglitz's WBO super middleweight title.
Eduard Gutknecht (24-1, 9 KOs)
Since suffering his lone defeat at the hands of fellow German resident, Robert Stieglitz, in 2010, Kazakhstan-born Gutknecht has performed well at the European level with six consecutive victories. Currently holding the European light heavyweight title with three defenses under his belt, Gutknecht may soon be ready for another try at the world stage.
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