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
Last Saturday, Ireland’s top-rated middleweight contender and world title challenger Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (30-5, 20KO’s) once again put himself back into the title picture with an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated highly regarded prospect Lamar Russ. The bout against Russ came on HBO, the fourth consecutive bout for Macklin on their airwaves.
With the bout and some much needed rounds behind him, Macklin now has his sites set on once again challenging for a piece of the middleweight crown, and finally having the chance to exact his revenge on former foe Felix Sturm. Sturm, who earlier on Saturday stopped IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker in two rounds, won a highly, if not outright robbery decision over Macklin back in 2011.
“I punched Felix around the ring for 12 rounds in our fight in 2011, only to be robbed in what was described by many, including Lennox Lewis, Al Bernstein, and Andre Ward, as one of the worst, if not THE worst decisions they have ever seen. Continue reading
“Malignaggi, Rigondeaux, Sturm, Lara, Porter, and Kirkland” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “Golden Boy versus Top Rank” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506
In the opening segment of the program, The Pugilist KOrner team will discuss big victories by Paulie “Magic Man“ Malignaggi over Zab Judah, Felix Sturm over Darren Barker, Guillermo “El Chacal“ Rigondeaux over Joseph Agbeko, Shawn Porter over Devon Alexander, Erislandy Lara over Austin Trout, James Kirkland over Glen Tapia, and the split draw between WBC Super Middleweight title holder Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell. Continue reading
Felix Sturm claims the IBF middleweight title with second round stoppage of Darren Barker
The UK’s Darren Barker, now (won 26 (KO 16) lost 2 [KO 2] drawn 0), was stopped by Germany’s Felix Sturm, (won 39 [KO 18], lost 3 KO 1 drawn 2), in two rounds of fast paced action that surprised both camps in Stuggart, Germany last night. The lead up for both fighters going into this fight could not have been more different, Sturm coming off two low key fights after losing to Daniel Geale, late in 2012, and Barker coming off a career best performance defeating Geale for the IBF Middleweight belt in August 2013. Both fighters surprised commentators by electing to trade from the off, Sturm getting the better of these and starting with a high tempo from the word go. In what was an entertaining first round, with both Barker and Sturm having success, it was ultimately the wrong strategy for Barker to employ against a revitalised and physically strong Sturm. Sure Barker was having success, but after two relatively heavy knockdowns, Sturm was landing the more telling blows. Barker, for some reason, neglected to utilise his upright boxing skills, dipping unusually low coming in and inviting Sturm to tee off clubbing shots – catching Barker on the top of his head. Continue reading
In a surprise upset, former WBA midleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-3-2, 18 KO’s) came out fast and knocked IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker (26-2, 16 KO’s) out in the 2nd round tonight at the Porsche Arena, in Stuttgart, Germany. Barker was knocked down twice in the 2nd round from clubbing right hands to the head from Sturm.
Barker was able to get back to his feet after the 2nd knockdown, but he was taking some big head shots that led to his corner choosing to have the fight stopped by throwing the towel in.
Barker reportedly dislocated his left hip in the fight. In watching it on replay, the injury may have occurred when he was staggered after the 1st knockdown. Barker almost lost his feet and he put a lot of weight on his left leg. Continue reading
IBF Middleweight champion says he’s in the perfect place ahead of Stuttgart test
Darren Barker has vowed to shine in his IBF World Middleweight title defence against Felix Sturm at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, live on Sky Sports 1 from 9pm.
The Londoner faces his first World title defence against the German hero, who is attempting to become the first four-time German boxing champion – but Barker said that won’t be happening tomorrow night.
“When preparation has been perfect you look forward to getting in there and that’s where I am right now – I just can’t wait to get in there and do my thing,” said Barker, who weighed in at 11st 5lbs, lighter Sturm who scaled 11st 5lbs 6oz. 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
Darren Barker will defend his IBF World Middleweight title against Felix Sturm in Stuttgart on Saturday December 7, live on Sky Sports.
Barker and Sturm’s teams struck an agreement where the Londoner faces the former WBA champion in Germany with a return fight in London scheduled for March at Barker’s option.
The pair will come face-to-face at a press conference in Stuttgart next Wednesday with a London press conference the following day, and Barker’s promoter Eddie Hearn is delighted that the fight has been finalized.
“We have been in discussions with Felix Sturm’s team since the Daniel Geale fight, and with purse bids approaching they made their intentions quite clear,” said Hearn. Continue reading
Former WBA/WBO middleweight champion Felix Sturm (38-3-2, 17 KO’s) thinks he’s one fight away from getting a rematch against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale later on this year. Sturm, 34, easily defeated #4 IBF, Predrag Radosevic (27-1, 9 KO’s) last Saturday night by a 4th round TKO at the Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Sturm knocked Radosevic down three times with body shots in the fight. The fight, if you want to call it that, was stopped in the 4th round after Sturm knocked Radosevic twice in the round. Continue reading