Stieglitz, facing the relatively unknown Japanese fighter Yuzo Kiyota (23-4-1, 21) was a big favourite though with the punching power of Kiyota there was hope that Japan would land it's first ever WBO champion and it's first Super Middleweight champion.
Sadly for both Japan and Kiyota tonight wasn't there night.
The bout started in an awfully scrappy manner with very few clean shots. What was landed seemed to be jabs by Stieglitz though almost every connect was a hold by one man or another as the action failed to catch fire.
It was obvious from the off that when the fighters were able to work it was Stieglitz who was the classier fighter showing his experience at the highest level, unfortunately however the scrappy nature of the bout prevented him from showing those skills early on.
Thankfully the middle rounds saw the fight finally come to life as both men appeared to realise they were in a boxing contest. Unfortunately for Kiyota he seemed to have a lot of pent up frustration from the holding and was deducted a point for hitting on the break and almost tried a judo throw at one point.
Unfortunately for the Japanese fighter as the distance grew and the bout became more active the champion really started to take over with his fast flurries and accurate combinations. The flurries started to take their toll on the Japanese fighter who's only real offense came in wild right hands that rarely connect.
One thing that did connect were the fighter's heads which collided in round 8 opening up a nasty cut over the right eye of Kiyota. Unfortunately the cut always appeared like a fight ending one and although the doctor allowed the bout to continue on into the 10th round he eventually called the action with Kiyota's face covered in claret.
As the cut was caused by a clash of heads we went to the scorecards though with Kiyota's limited success there was only ever going to be one winner on the cards.