Former two time WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (47-4, 27 KOs) will be facing former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KOs) on November 8th in a WBO super middleweight title eliminator bout at the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
The winner of the Stiegltiz-Sturm fight will become the WBO mandatory challenger for WBO 168lb champion Arthur Abraham. For the #1 WBO Stieglitz this potentially gives him a chance to fight Abraham for the 4th time in just 3 years. Continue reading
Former 4-Time World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm issued the following statement on his official Twitter account (@SturmBoxing) on the public challenge made to him by former super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz after Stieglitz’ fight last Saturday in Dessau, Germany:
“I was just told that Robert Stieglitz challenged me to a fight. I have no problem with that, we can do it anytime. But I hope that there won’t be any excuses or that an injury happens all of the sudden to prevent a fight from happening. We’ll see if he was serious about challenging me or if he’s just another boxer who talks to much to get some attention by the public.”
A decade ago today, Oscar De La Hoya, the number-one star and Box Office draw of the sport, fought a then largely unknown Felix Sturm in what was “The Golden Boy’s” first fight up at middleweight.
For De La Hoya, the fight, held at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was supposed to be a high-level “warm up” for an assault on world middleweight king Bernard Hopkins’ belts (B-Hop defeated Robert Allen on the same card that June night in 2004), but the fight turned out to be much more than that.
Challenging the 20-0 German for the WBO belt, De La Hoya came in looking overweight and sluggish and he came within a whisker of paying the price and blowing the Hopkins mega-match. Sturm may have been unknown, but he had behind him a superb amateur career and he unveiled his skills against the 36-3 superstar who, at age 31 was six years his senior. Sturm boxed behind his superb left jab, out-punched De La Hoya, marked him up around the eye and generally appeared to boss the fight. Continue reading
Sam Soliman won the IBF middleweight title Saturday with a unanimous decision over Felix Sturm.
Soliman outworked Sturm round for round earning a clear decision. One judge had him the winner with a score of 117-111, the other two scored it 118-110.
“He won, clearly, He kept moving, he was hard to hit”, said Sturm.
“I wanted to take the fight to him,” Soliman said.
Soliman improved to 44-11. Sturm fell to 39-4, with three draws.
Felix Sturm (72.1 Kg / 158.95 lbs) vs. Sam Soliman (72.35 Kg / 159.50 lbs)
IBF World Middleweight Championship
Susi Kentikian (50.8 Kg / 112 lbs) vs. Dan-Bi Kim (50.4 Kg / 111.11 lbs)
WBA Female World Flyweight Championship
Konni Konrad (79.3 Kg / 174.83 lbs) vs. Mehdi Amar (79.1 Kg / 174.39 lbs)
WBA International Light Heavyweight Title
Maurice Weber (70.7 Kg / 155.87 lbs) vs. Renat Samedovi (71.8 Kg / 158.29 lbs)
10 Rounds – Light Middleweight Bout
Goekalb Oezekler (75.4 Kg / 166.23 lbs) vs. Attila Kiss (75.8 Kg / 167.11 lbs)
6 Rounds – Super Middleweight Bout Continue reading
Felix Sturm, IBF World Middleweight Champion: “I’m not mad or anything. I don’t care about that whole doping theatre anymore. He and his team have to live with that. He’s trying to play games once again but that doesn’t matter to me. I had a perfect preparation and I am in tip-top shape.
I had to do this fight since he is my mandatory challenger. But that is a good thing because I can make things right. People will forget about the first fight after this one. Back after I fought Soliman last February, I changed my whole attitude towards the sport of boxing. I’m now eating clean and healthy, which makes training a whole lot easier. I know live like an athlete all year around and not only the ten or twelve weeks during training camp. That pays off as I’m in a much, much better shape than before. Continue reading
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 rematch between IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KO’s) and #1 IBF Sam Soliman (43-11, 18 KO’s) will be taking place next month on May 31st at the König Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Soliman and Sturm previously fought back in February of last year with Soliman winning a 12 round unanimous decision that was later overturned and changed to a no contest after Soliman tested positive for a banned substance.
Soliman, 40, has fought once since then in beating Les Sherrington by a 9th round TKO last December in Australia. For his part, Sturm has had two easy stoppage wins over Predrag Radosevic and Darren Barker. The fight against Barker might have turned into a tough one for Sturm if not for Barker suffering a hip injury in the 2nd round that it impossible for him to fight. Continue reading
Top-rated middleweight contender Matthew Macklin is getting a bit tired and frustrated, to say the least, on waiting to hear what direction IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm is heading for his next bout. Macklin and Sturm’s well documented and publicized history dates back to their first bout, which took place in Sturm’s home country of Germany in 2011. The bout was Macklin’s first world title opportunity and the Irishman made the most of it. Macklin took the fight right to the hometown hero Sturm, who was defending his title for the 10th consecutive time. It was a grueling battle, with Macklin seemingly having the clear advantage after the 12-round championship bout. CompuBox had Macklin averaging 92 punches thrown per round, doubling Sturm’s output. Macklin also landed 127 more punches and outlanded Sturm in 11 of the 12 rounds. Unfortunately though, two of the three judges didn’t see the fight that way, awarding Sturm a split decision and leaving Macklin longing for another shot at the champ. Continue reading