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.
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