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Sturm could vacate WBA title if he beats IBF champ Geale tonight

By Dwight Chittenden: WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KO’s) will meet up with IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KO’s) in a unification bout tonight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. According to the German news publication, Sturm is expected to vacate his WBA 160 pound title if he wins the IBF title off of Geale tonight. Sturm would then keep the IBF strap and defend that title rather than the WBA belt he’s held for the past five years.

That move kind of makes a lot of sense for Sturm after the World Boxing Association came out yesterday ordering the winners of the Sturm-Geale and the Gennady Golokin vs. Grzegorz Proksa fights to face each other by December 31st of this year. This could potentially mean that Sturm would have to face the dangerous puncher Golovkin in a fight that Sturm would likely lose and lose badly. If Sturm vacates his WBA title, boxing fans are going to cry that he’s ducking a fight against WBA champ Gennady Golovkin.

Golovkin has the power to not only beat Sturm but knock him out. At any rate, it would be a very tough fight for Sturm to take at this juncture of his career. He’s not really had too many tough bouts since winning the WBA title back in a rematch with Javier Castillejo in April of 2007. Continue reading

Sturm vs. Geale, Golovkin vs. Proksa winners must face each other by 12/31, says the World Boxing Association

(Photo credit Ed Keenan/K2 Promotions) NEW YORK, NY (August 31, 2012) On Thursday, August 30, 2012, the World Boxing Association issued a resolution ordering the winners of the two WBA middleweight championship fights scheduled for this Saturday, September 1 to fight each other by December 31, 2012.

WBA “Super Champion” Felix Sturm will fight Daniel Geale in Oberhausen, Germany. A few hours later, in Verona New York, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his title against #3 ranked Grzegorz Proksa live on HBO.

“I am very focused on my fight with Proksa,” said Golovkin as he prepares for his highly anticipated HBO broadcasted clash with Proksa. “This news gives me extra motivation to make sure I win on Saturday night so that I can finally get Sturm in the ring.”

Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, “We are glad that the WBA has issued this binding resolution and ordered the winner of Golovkin/Proksa to fight the winner of Sturm/Geale by the end of this year. Gennady has waited long enough to prove that he is the real WBA middleweight champion.” Continue reading

Weights: Sturm vs. Geale

By Dwight Chittenden: WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KO’s) made weight on Friday for his fight against Australia’s Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KO’) in their unfication match on Saturday at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Sturm weighed in at 158.73 pounds, and the 31-year-old IBF middleweight champion Geale came in at the exact weight for their unification match.

Geale has a lot of skills and decent power, but he’s going to need to raise his game on Saturday night if he wants to get a decision win or a knockout against Sturm. Geale might be better off to look for a knockout because he might find it hard to win a decision over Sturm in Germany where Sturm has never been beaten before.

Sturm has a number of controversial decisions that he’s gotten in the years that he’s held the WBA title and it would seem that if Geale wants to make sure he gets the win, he’s going to need to look to hurt Sturm to get a stoppage or at least some knockdowns in order to make his job easier. Continue reading