IBF World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm is just weeks away from his first title defense. On May 31, Sturm will enter the ring at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany, against mandatory challenger Sam Soliman from Australia. To give you an insight into Sturm’s preparation we hosted a Media Day earlier.
Felix Sturm: “I’m excited about Krefeld. It’s a great arena, the atmosphere will be electric. A lot has happened since I first fought Soliman. I learned from my mistakes and I’m much more disciplined now. I’m not emotional about this fight. I’m just doing my job and I love doing it. I enjoy every day of training and I’m in tip-top shape. Soliman will be surprised. He doesn’t know what’s coming for him. He’s the challenger, I’m the world champion. And I will remain world champion.” Continue reading
on May 31, 2014 IBF World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm will defend his crown against IBF #1 and mandatory challenger Sam Soliman at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm and Soliman first met in the ring last February when the Australian won a narrow and disputed decision, which was later overturned into a no contest after Soliman tested positive for a banned substance.
Sturm: “This is not just a title defense for me. It’s also a day for redemption. He and his team acted unprofessional before the fight and when we received the news about him testing positive.. well, enough is enough. It’s time someone sends him into retirement.” Continue reading
A Short Film About the Preparation of the Four-Time World Middleweight Champion – Cologne, February 19, 2014. On December 7, 2013 Felix Sturm (35) wrote German boxing history as he became the first and only four-time world champion the country has ever produced. At the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart he dropped defending IBF World Middleweight Champion Darren Barker – who was favored by the bookies – twice en route to a brilliant second round TKO victory.
In honor of this occasion, Sturm Box-Promotion GmbH has released a four-minute short film on YouTube (channel: SturmBoxingTV) about the preparation of what was to become the biggest victory of Felix Sturm’s long and storied career. The film was made by Victor Filimonov.
“Felix Sturm – The Comeback” can be seen in 1080p HD under the following YouTube-link: Continue reading
Since a career-threatening hand injury forced Maurice Weber (32) to temporarily retire for three years in 2008, he fought seven times on the undercards of his friends and promoter Felix Sturm. Weber won all seven bouts, mostly in dominating fashion. His last fight came on the eve of Sturm’s record-breaking fourth world title win at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, on December 7, 2013. Weber stopped journeyman Volodymyr Borovskyy in just two rounds.
Following his seventh straight win, Weber spoke about necessity of easier fights after his comeback, the year 2014 and about his friend Felix Sturm:
Maurice Weber about…
… his comeback: “First of all, I’m very thankful to Felix and the whole Sturm Box- Promotion team. We have everything a fighter could wish for at our gym in Cologne. I didn’t progress at my old promoter Universum because they had just too many boxers at their gym. That has changed now. Now, I have a world-class trainer in Magomed Schaburow on my side. He helped me to progress a lot. And I have the opportunity to learn from a fighter who has been at the top for more than ten years in Felix Sturm. I completed the last training camp with him and I learned a lot from it. Continue reading
here are the official results of today’s Sturm v Barker weigh-in:
IBF World Middleweight Title:
Champion Darren Barker: 158.95 lbs
Challenger Felix Sturm: 159.39 lbs
WBA Female World Flyweight Title Continue reading
Felix Sturm: “I believe I’ll beat him clearly. I have great experience in big fights and I’m in fantastic shape. Trust me, my time is far from over and whoever thinks I’m done is making a big mistake. I re-dedicated myself to the sport I love and it payed off. I had no trouble making weight. I’m as fit as they come. He’ll be in for a surprise on Saturday night. I can’t wait!”
Darren Barker: “There is zero chance I will lose this fight. I know what I have to do to beat Felix, who has been a great champ, but it’s my time. It wasn’t long ago that I won and I’m defending nice and early which is great. I want a long and active reign as champion.”
Fritz Sdunek, Trainer Felix Sturm: “We had a great camp, Felix is in amazing shape. On Saturday, he’ll make history and become Germany’s first four time world champion.” Continue reading
3-Time World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm invited selected media members to his training camp in Cologne, Germany, today for an exclusive press workout. Sturm, who is preparing to face IBF Middleweight king Darren Barker on December 7 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, gave an insight into his vicious strength and conditioning routine.
Accompanied by light middleweight prospect and long-time friend Maurice Weber, he impressed the media with a hard-as-nails training session. “I’m in great shape”, Sturm said. “I don’t have to make weight anymore, I’m already at 160. I changed lots of things before my last fight against Predrag Radosevic and it paid off. Now, I’m even better. I will make history and become Germany’s first 4-time world champion on December 7.” Continue reading
Cologne, November 6, 2013. WBA Female World Flyweight Champion Susi Kentikian will return to the ring on December 7, 2013 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. She will defend her crown against Italian Simona Galassi on the undercard of the IBF Middleweight Title showdown between Darren Barker and Felix Sturm. Sturm vs. Barker will be broadcasted live on SAT.1 in Germany and on Sky Sports in the UK.
After meeting for the first time at a press conference in Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday, IBF Middleweight Champion Darren Barker and Three-Time Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm came face-to-face again yesterday at the London leg of their two-city press tour.
“Felix’s shows are always spectacular and I’m sure it will be a sell-out and the pressure will all be on him,” said Darren Barker, who will make the first defense of his IBF belt.
“I’ve boxed all over the world as an amateur, in some pretty hostile places, and it’s never bothered me – it inspires me. I don’t worry about the judges; I plan on winning very well, and putting on a fantastic night with lots of my fans coming over for a great fight between two great champions.” Continue reading
Cologne, October 3, 2013. It is a day to make history: Felix Sturm (34) will attempt to win an unprecedented fourth middleweight crown on December 7, 2013 when he takes on current IBF World Middleweight Champion Darren Barker in Stuttgart, Germany. If successful, Sturm would be the first German boxer ever to win four separate world titles. SAT1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK will broadcast the championship affair live. Continue reading