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Sturm in Germany = easy win for the German. Even if Barker knocks Sturm down in every round, Sturm will get the decision. I heard they paid Barker a HUGE amount of money to go to Germany. Good for Barker. He just sold his belt to Sturm but at least he got decent cash for it.

Posted October 7, 2013 4:48 am 

mayweather 86

Squared circle lol. I’m with ya

Posted October 5, 2013 2:00 pm 


Barker vs Sturm sucks.., They’d have a hard time beating Jermain Taylor

Posted October 4, 2013 8:42 pm 


Ray Ray I agree. But GGG beats Martinez easily. It took Martinez 11 rounds before he stopped Macklin. GGG took Macklin apart by the 3rd round and Macklin was lucky to have lasted that long. There’s no doubt GGG is the best MW in the world.

Posted October 4, 2013 11:28 am 

Ray Ray

GGG and Sergio would wreck both these guys at the same time….1 on 2

Posted October 4, 2013 5:20 am 

Ray Ray

Disappointed in Barker….Geale gave him a shot. No rematch, instead taking the cash 2 screwed in Germany by a guy who’s lost his last 2 fights.

Posted October 4, 2013 5:19 am 

Squared-Circle Real Talk (a.k.a. The Lion King of Beat Street)

Macklin definitely beat Sturm and got straight-up ROBBED in Germany. Most people agree with me on that. If Barker thinks he’s the F’ing man now, then he needs to step up and fight 3G next. 3G is always in need of quality opponents because he’s the most avoided fighters in boxing.

Posted October 3, 2013 11:42 pm 


annonymous – I was pulling for Macklin against Sturm – and he was all over him in the first half – definitely the rounds he won he won more clearly, but then in the second half Macklins rate and quality dropped – and when he wasn`t busy Sturm just nicked rounds for me.

I don`t think things are so bad in Germany now – though it is still a mixed bag.

For instance Huck got very favourable decisions vs Arslan and Lebedev.
His fights with Afolabi I think have been scored quite fairly.
Huck got robbed blind at home vs Povetkin.

So it chops and changes.

My big issue with German champions around MW/SMW/LHW in the past has been their complete lack of interest in fighting the no1 in the division.

Posted October 3, 2013 11:13 pm 


They will have to honour the rematch clause, Barker will win anyway, if they don’t honour it then Sturm will not be able to fight, Hearn is not stupid, he runs tings.

Posted October 3, 2013 8:20 pm 


Win win for Barker here, providing Darren doesn’t get stopped and they honor the rematch clause.

Sturm is still very dangerous but beatable tho Darren will need to be on top form to do it.

Good match and hopefully a nice fat paycheck for Barker with this one!

Posted October 3, 2013 8:03 pm 


sturm ran away from abraham and will run more quick if he hear the name GOLOVKIN…

he always was a paper champion!!!!

Posted October 3, 2013 4:10 pm 


Turb0-H@mster I like your points about Germany and decisions, I remember when Canada would get accused too. It can happen anywhere and does. Germany’s one robbery that sticks out for me lately was Huck vs Arslan I had that wide Arslan and they gave it to Huck

Posted October 3, 2013 4:30 am 


Barker by UD. Even a TKO is possible.

Posted October 3, 2013 2:40 am 


@Annonymous – I think GGG is part of the equation here – in that 2 fights between these two ties them up away from GGG, and by then Geale will likely become mandatory again.

Posted October 3, 2013 1:52 am 


I think that Sturm is maybe getting some of the backlash that should also be placed on some other German based fighters around this weight instead.

Ottke, Beyer, Sylvester, Huck etc have all had the benefit of the doubt before.

Personally I used to like Sturm, he is a very talented fighter when he applies himself, but at times he looks like he knows he can dial it in and get a decision at home, and often he just took pointless fights when there have been unification fights sitting there unmentioned.

Sturm-Geale I scored to Geale by 2 rounds, STurm-Murray I did actually have a draw. Sturm-Macklin I had a draw/one point either way.
Geale got a fair shake vs Sturm and Sylvester, Haye got his decision vs Valuev.

I don`t see Germany as being that bad a place for judging nowadays (as opposed to 10 years ago.

Certainly it is a bit two faced for US fans to talk that smack when you have Williams-Lara, Cloud-Campillo, Abril-Rios, Lewis-Holyfield, Bradley-Pacquaio, Sturm-De La Hoya etc in recent memory where the US fighter has be given a gift against a visiting fighter.

UK can`t laugh too much either with the Ricky Burns fiasco.

Posted October 3, 2013 1:50 am 


Sturm has been running from GGG for years. No chance that fight will happen. Every single middleweight in the world is avoiding GGG. Nobody wants to fight him. He’s far too dangerous in that division. Once he cleans up the MW decision he’ll move up to supermiddle and a great fight with Ward at some point in the future. In fact I’d say if GGG moved up to supermiddle this week GGG would automatically be the number 2 in the world behind Ward. How that fight pans out remains to be seen but it certainly is an exciting prospect. Ward would have to be the favourite but no way will he take GGG lightly with his power and speed at closing down the ring. You only have to hear Ward’s ringside comments when GGG fought Rosado to know that Ward rates GGG very highly and has real respect for him as fighter.

Posted October 3, 2013 1:36 am 


Ahhh, mannn…. I have a bad feeling the belt is going to stay in Germany and be held hostage again.

Posted October 3, 2013 12:56 am 


Also seeing Sturm’s body shot KO and the way Barker was down to the body and badly hurt this might be a factor. Sturm is definitely the harder hitter with the better jab and better defense.

Barker os busier with his hands and has better stamina, I accuse Sturm of poor stamina based on his covering up and low output. his age seems to have caught up a little despite looking great in his last win.

Posted October 3, 2013 12:39 am 


According to ESPN Barker took the money but was smart to make a clause for his backyard should he lose

Sturm hasnt had the luck he used to have on the cards seeing his last 3 decisions in Germany werent wins

Hell Sturm got robbed in there vs Murray who did not win that fight

I was surprised Geale got the win, not that I didnt think he won but that I didnt think he was dominant enough and that the fight could go either way and probably wouldnt go his way based on Sturm like Huck getting the close nods. I think I did score for Soliman though

Posted October 3, 2013 12:37 am 

Matchroom Senior Tour

Terry Griffiths v Bernard Hopkins.

Posted October 2, 2013 10:39 pm 

Matchroom Senior Tour

Aarron “Superman” Davis v Steve “Interesting” Davis.

Posted October 2, 2013 10:32 pm 

Matchroom build

Willie Thorne could beat Barker at 147.

Posted October 2, 2013 10:21 pm 


Barker will knock Sturm out in Germany, he has the World title now, there will be no mercy for Sturm or whoever he fights now.

Posted October 2, 2013 7:50 pm 


I like barker, he s a hard worker, geale vs barker was a fun fight.

Posted October 2, 2013 7:38 pm 

Mick the Marmalizer

This fight could have happened in the UK if it wasn’t for David Cameron’s band of cut throats over taxing what was once Great Britain!

Posted October 2, 2013 5:08 pm 


And the winner to square off against GGG ………….lmao ………

Posted October 2, 2013 3:44 pm 



Posted October 2, 2013 3:44 pm 


War Barker!

Posted October 2, 2013 3:32 pm 


WOW!! Barker didn’t beat Geale and knows it, this is why there is no rematch. Now he chooses the shot Sturm to defend against but he isn’t good enough to win in Germany. Another paper champ like Cleverly.

Posted October 2, 2013 3:30 pm 

Hugh Jardon

Big mistake, prepare yourself for another boxing rip off, unless barker stops him

Posted October 2, 2013 3:15 pm 

Fight Aficionado

Darren Barker is a fellow Chelsea FC fan so I’ll root him on here. Plus Sturm’s been hiding in Germany for too long. There’s a report saying if Sturm wins an immediate rematch must happen in London. So at least Barker has some protection against a fixed fight.

Posted October 2, 2013 3:12 pm 


Well, location can mean a lot in sport and boxing. That’s why promoters try to gain home advantage. Barker and Sturm could be legitimately close and that’s when home ground comes into play.

Posted October 2, 2013 12:20 pm 


Smart on Barker’s behalf. Good chance he will be robbed in Germany.

Posted October 2, 2013 11:51 am 

Ray Ray

Germany pays its way again

Posted October 2, 2013 11:29 am 


Macklin beat Sturm clearly,Murray I felt also beat Sturm but it was closer then the Macklin fight.And Barker will have to be on his toes in Germany,and leave no doubt,but even that might not be good enough.And I cant see Barker getting a K.O. so who knows.And please dont let Sturm get the belt again hiding out in his backyard…cherry picking.But atleast if Barker does get ripped he gets a rematch back home,that makes it abit better I suppose.

Posted October 2, 2013 11:05 am 


Junior…and WHY isn’t Sturm champion? Have you seen the Sturm Geale fight? also Murray did not beat Sturm! come on….you can’t be serious! Sturm beat Murray clearly. Beat Geale narrowly and squeaked home against Soliman. Only Macklin beat him.

Posted October 2, 2013 10:39 am 


non event

Posted October 2, 2013 10:08 am 


Ermmm leonard, Sturm is not the champion !!

Posted October 2, 2013 9:54 am 


I wouldnt be getting ahead of myself, talking about a rematch, lads.
I expect a clear win for Sturm…which will establish his superiority over Barker enougth to get rid of any chance of Barker wanting to face him a second time.
Sturm cant allow Barker to make it close. But I do have serious concerns about chicanery here. Powerful forces obviously want to prise the title away from Sturm, and out of Germany.

Posted October 2, 2013 9:01 am 

Mick the Marmalizer

Financially this is maybe a good deal for Barker(what with a return in London in the contract). However where does it leave Daniel Geale who rightly deserves a rematch with DB after such a close, but fairly one 1st fight? The general opinion is that Golovkin is #1 @ 160Lb right now, so maybe a super six should happen with GGG, Barker, Geale, S.G. Martinez Quillin & maybe Martin Murray ETC in the tournament as to find out who is the 100% middleweight champion of the World. Golovkin vs Stevens + Barker/Sturm could be the 1st contenders!

Posted October 2, 2013 7:57 am 

boxing barlow

Yeah massively clever move by Hearn. My heart sank when I seen this was gonna be in Germany and with Sturm being mandatory his team are in a better position to negotiate than if Barker was taking this as a voluntary defence. The fact it’s gonna be in Germany is an unfortunate reflection on the fact that Sturm can generate more income in Germany than Barker can in London. So Hearn has been smart in taking the German’s money and pulling power and cashing in, whilst off setting any risk by getting this clause in the contract guaranteeing him a return in London. Both of these fighters are nearing the ends of their careers and are similarly matched, a loss in Germany followed by a win in London and a final fight to decide the trilogy could be the best route to set the fighters up financially for their retirement, especially in Barkers case.

Posted October 2, 2013 7:55 am 


This fights a money spinner. The rematch clause is there because Sturm is probably gonna win in Germany, then Barker will win in England therefor generating atleast twice as much money. I love the sport of boxing, but I hate the business of boxing! @leonard, I agree Sturm beat Solliman, but Murray beat him, as did Geale albeit by closer scores than the judges gave. Sturm got a raw deal against Oscar though

Posted October 2, 2013 7:41 am 

Pat Mustard

Silly move by Matchroom imo, I imagine it will be a close fight and I can’t see Barker getting any favours in Germany.

Posted October 2, 2013 6:49 am 

Tim Brown

Hearn talks it up about been the best promoter in Britain. Say what you want about Warren but he,d have got his fighter home advantage no way would Barker be going to Germany!

Posted October 2, 2013 6:33 am 


Sturm never objected to London. Delay was over Sat1 getting TV rights apparently…
Hope Sturm gets a fair shake this time. He got a raw deal from the judges against Murray, Geale and Soliman. Sturm is due some fair play. Hope he gets his title back.

Posted October 2, 2013 6:19 am 


@ The Scotsman, Sturm have lost 2 of his last 3 fights in Germany, and they both went to the cards

Posted October 2, 2013 6:06 am 

The Scotsman

Great there’s an immediate rematch clause should he lose, you’d need to KO Strum in Germany to get a draw

Posted October 2, 2013 5:33 am 

mr gav

Would like to of seen strum fight in London first like a true champ. All we will get is strum getting a gift points win in Germany only to lose in London without all his fixers

Posted October 2, 2013 4:56 am 

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