WBA MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE
Sturm escapes with a draw
Felix Sturm retained the WBA middleweight title when he drew with British challenger Martin Murray on Friday night.
After an exciting fight to the end in Mannheim, Germany, judge Jean-Francois Toupin handed in a score of 116-112 for the champion, Ted Gimza had it 115-113 for Murray and Pasquale Procopio ruled it even at 114-114.
"I had the clearer punches in a spectacular fight," said Sturm, who raised his arms after the final bell.
"It's very hard to understand. I didn't hide like a tortoise. I don't think that's enough to win a title."
Sturm, a German of Bosnian parentage, successfully defended his title for the 11th time, and said he hoped for a rematch against Murray.
"He was underestimated by many but not by us," Sturm's coach, Fritz Sdunek, said.
The 29-year-old Murray, the British, Commonwealth and intercontinental champion, shook Sturm in the eighth round, but the 32-year-old champion used his superior experience to recover.
The final bell may have saved Murray from getting knocked down, as Sturm delivered a flurry of punches in the last few seconds.
Murray, who is getting married on Tuesday, said the result meant he could at least hold his head high at his wedding.
"I won't be getting married a defeated man," he said.
Sturm improved his record to 36-2-2, with 15 knockouts. Murray retained his unbeaten record, which now stands at 23-0-1, with 10 knockouts.
Martin Murray earns draw – and plenty of plaudits – in title challenge with Felix Sturm
MARTIN MURRAY’S world title challenge to Felix Sturm ended in the frustration of a draw.
EURO NEWS By Per-Ake Persson The WBO eliminator at supermiddleweight between former WBA lightheavy contender Robin Krasniqi (46-4) and former WBO champ Arthur Abraham (45-5) will go ahead April 22 at the Congress C...
EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson Feb 12, Krasnodar, RUS, LTD SKV Boxing Elnur Samedov, 62,3, Rus W6-U Taras Kovalenko, 61,8, Rus 60-54 on all cards. Arseny Nury, 61...
EURO NEWS By Per-Ake Persson It's official: today (February 14) SES and Z! Promotions revealed the plans for their big event March 18 at the Arena in Leipzig alhough some of the news have been known for some time. ...
EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson Feb 5, Volgograd, RUS: Evgeny Romanov, 98,2, Rus W6-U Yury Bykhtsov, 96,3, Blr/Rus 58-56, 58-57 and 59-55. Feb 5, Kre...
EURO NEWS By Per-Ake Persson Simo Rantalainen, a well known and controversial journalist, TV host, boxing promoter and a lot more in Finland, have written a book about Tarmo Uusivirta. Uusivirta is one of the best ...
That Detect Brain Bleeds, Introduced For Professional Boxing Events In The United Kingdom BRITISH & IRISH BOXING AUTHORITY PRESS RELEASE London, UK – 3rd February 2017 – The British &am...
EURO RESULTS By Per-Ake Persson Jan 28, Voronezh, RUS: Victory Tim Boxing Promotion Vazir Tamoyan, 69,1, Rus W4-U Roman Klemeshov, 69,4, Rus 40-36 on all cards. ...
Up Close and Personal with Two Division World Champion Tasif Khan Interview by Gianluca Di Caro Photo courtesy of Team Tasif Khan For this edition of ‘Up Close and Personal&rsqu...