Sturm Dominates Alcoba

felix sturm01.07.07 - By Ron Hansen: WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (28-2, 12 KO's) defended his on Saturday night, winning a tougher than expected 12-round unanimous decision over the inexperienced Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba (14-1, 7 KOís) at the Porsche arena, in Stuttgart, Germany.

The final judgesí scores were 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112. Alcoba, ranked # 15th in the WBA, had a tough time dealing with Sturmís quick jab, which as it turned out, was all that Sturm needed to beat Alcoba on Saturday night. The fight was far from easy for Sturm, as he was hit quite often by Alcoba, making the fight tougher than he probably expected.

Sturm, 28, making his first title defense since winning the WBA title back two months ago against Javier Castillejo, used his jab like an artist as he snapped fast jabs all night long trying to keep Alcoba from getting a bead on him with his aggressive attacks.

For Alcoba, 28, originally from Uruguay and now living in Argentina, his lack of handspeed and power made it difficult for him to hurt Sturm with a single punch. Alocoba, did, however, consistently pressure Sturm in every round, throwing massive amounts of punches that reminded me somewhat of Australian fighter Sam Soliman. Indeed, Alcoba landed more shots on the normally hard to hit Sturm than Iíve ever seen before, and had his face swollen and red on the right side by the 6th round. The problem, however, was that Alcobaís punches although numerous in quantity, they had nothing behind them and appeared weaker than Sturmís jabs.

In the first two rounds, Sturm easily won them with his consistent left jab, which he kept in Alcobaís face the entire time. Despite this, Alcoba walked forward taking Sturmís shots so that he could throw his hooks to the body and head. Sturm was able to block many of them from landing but because of the sheer volume, he was hit often.

felix sturmIn the 3rd round, Alcoba came out firing constant hooks to Sturmís midsection, backing him up to the ropes where he unloaded even more. Sturm did very little in the round other than taking shots and trying to cover up. Unfortunately for Alcoba, he abandoned his successful body attack after this round.

In the rounds four through seven, Sturm easily won the rounds with his jab and ring movement. By this time, he figured out that the best way to prevent Alcoba from attacking was to keep moving side to side and firing jabs. Alcoba still was able to land an awful amount of punches, but nothing approaching his success in the first three rounds.

In round eight, Alcoba came out looking like a different fighter, as he used constant head movement to dodge Sturmís jab, while at the same time he upped his already extraordinary workrate a notch higher, landing an enormous amount of head shots against Sturm.

In rounds nine through twelve, Sturm used his jab much more often and punished Alcoba as he came plodding forward. In the last two rounds, Alcoba appeared to tire out, losing even more power of his weak shots. By this time, he was throwing mostly arm punches and getting tagged with powerful jabs from Sturm for his efforts. In the 12th round, Alcoba briefly tried to take the fight to Sturm once again like in earlier rounds, but Sturm responded with hard right and left hand shots, throwing a lot of the for the first time in the bout. The German crowd loved him for it, as he had fought mostly a conservative fight using his jab exclusively up until then. However, in typical fashion, with around 40 seconds to go in the bout, Sturm reverted to using side to side movement and avoiding contact altogether. The crowd didnít like this, just as they didnít in his bout against Maselino Masoe when Sturm chose to run in the last round, and they responded by immediately quieting down.

Nevertheless, Sturm got the win and moves on to his next bout, his mandatory against WBA # 1 ranked Randy Grffin (24-1-2, 12 KOs).

Article posted on 01.07.2007

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