Felix Sturm

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Felix Sturm
Felix Sturm 2012-03-30.JPG
Statistics
Real nameAdnan Ćatić
Nickname(s)"The Fighter"
Rated atMiddleweight
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
NationalityGermany German[1]
Born(1979-01-31) 31 January 1979 (age 35)
Leverkusen, West Germany
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights45
Wins40
Wins by KO19
Losses3
Draws2
No contests1
 
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Felix Sturm
Felix Sturm 2012-03-30.JPG
Statistics
Real nameAdnan Ćatić
Nickname(s)"The Fighter"
Rated atMiddleweight
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
NationalityGermany German[1]
Born(1979-01-31) 31 January 1979 (age 35)
Leverkusen, West Germany
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights45
Wins40
Wins by KO19
Losses3
Draws2
No contests1

Felix Sturm (born 31 January 1979) is a German[2] boxer of Bosnian descent. Sturm competes in the middleweight division, where he is the current IBF world champion, a former WBO champion, and a two time former WBA champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Highlights included:

Professional career[edit]

On 27 January 2001, Sturm made his debut as a professional boxer facing Antonio Ribeiro from Angola. Six months earlier he had qualified for the Olympic Games in Sydney, but lost his fight to future middleweight champ Jermain Taylor.

After 16 successful matches, Sturm won the WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title on 10 May 2003. On 13 September 2003, he replaced the injured Bert Schenk in a WBO title bout against Argentinian Hectór Javier Velazco and won the match. Sturm defended the title against Rubén Varón Fernández from Spain.

On 5 June 2004 in Las Vegas, Sturm faced Oscar De La Hoya in a defense of his WBO middleweight championship. All three judges scored the fight 115-113 for De La Hoya, while Harold Lederman scored the fight 115-113 for Sturm. Compubox counted Sturm as landing 234 of 541 punches, while counting De La Hoya as landing 188 of 792. Sturm protested the decision with the Nevada Athletic Commission to no avail.

On 11 March 2006, Sturm defeated Maselino Masoe for the WBA middleweight title by a unanimous decision. Sturm then lost his title against former champion Javier Castillejo via TKO on 15 July 2006 but won it back from Castillejo in a rematch on 28 April 2007 by a twelve round unanimous decision in Oberhausen, which he earned after defeating Gavin Topp by TKO in the sixth round.

Sturm became a three-time world champion after defeating Castillejo in the rematch.

He also fought Randy Griffin twice, drawing with him in their first fight and winning their second fight by unanimous decision.

On November 2, 2008, Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title via unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110 and 119-109) over Sebastian Sylvester. He improved to 31-2, with one draw, while Sylvester fell to 31-3.[3]

On July 11, 2009 he defended his title against Khoren Gevor in Nuerburg, Germany in 12 rounds.

After over a year of inactivity Sturm came back to defend his WBA title against Giovanni Lorenzo, with the winner becoming the WBA "Super" champion. Sturm defeated Lorenzo by a twelve round unanimous decision with the judges giving a comfortable 117-111 twice and 118-111 on the scorecards.

On the 25th of June 2011 he defended his title in the Lanxness Arena against Matthew Macklin of Ireland. Sturm won the fight on a split decision.

He finished 2011 battling to a draw against undefeated British contender Martin Murray.

In his latest fight on April 13, 2012, Sturm beat Sebastian Zbik via brutal TKO in the 9th round something WBC Champion Julio César Chávez, Jr. was not able to achieve.[4]

Sturm took on IBF Champion Daniel Geale in a fight that was arguably his toughest challenge since Oscar De La Hoya in 2004, on September 1, 2012, in Oberhausen, Germany. After 12 tough rounds, he lost the fight by split decision, his first loss in 6 years.

Five months later, he returned in an IBF Eliminator to face longtime contender Sam Soliman, after a strong start & scoring a knockdown in round two, Sturm faded down the stretch, allowing Soliman to take advantage and win a close unanimous decision victory. However, Soliman failed a post fight drug test and the result was vacated.

Sturm set his sights on Montenegrin boxer Predrag Radošević in an non-title 12 round bout in his home nation of Germany. Sturm won by a fourth round TKO.

On December 7, 2013, in Stuttgart, Sturm faced reigning IBF champion Darren Barker in a title fight. In the second round Sturm knocked down the champion with a shot that caused him to suffer a severe hip injury and after a second knockdown in the round Barker's corner threw in the towel to stop the contest, making Sturm a four-time world champion.

Professional Boxing record[edit]

39 Wins (19 knockouts), 3 Loss, 2 Draws
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win39-3-2(1)United Kingdom Darren BarkerTKO2 (12)2013-12-07Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, GermanyWon IBF Middleweight world title.
Win38-3-2(1)Montenegro Predrag RadoševićTKO42013-07-06Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
NC37-3-2(1)Egypt SolimanSam SolimanNC122013-02-01Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyIBF Title Eliminator, fight originally won by Soliman but later changed to a No Contest as a result of Soliman's failed drug test
Loss37-3-2Australia GealeDaniel GealeSD122012-09-11Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyFor IBF Title & Lost WBA Middleweight Title
Win37-2-2Germany ZbikSebastian ZbikTKO92012-04-13Germany Cologne, GermanyRetained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title
Draw36-2-2United Kingdom MurrayMartin MurrayPTS122011-12-03Germany Mannheim, GermanyRetained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title
Win36-2-1Republic of Ireland MacklinMatthew MacklinSD122011-06-25Germany Cologne, GermanyRetained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title
Win35-2-1United States HearnsRonald HearnsTKO72011-02-19Germany Stuttgart, GermanyRetained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title
Win34-2-1Dominican Republic LorenzoGiovanni LorenzoUD122010-09-04Germany Cologne, GermanyRetained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title
Win33-2-1Armenia GevorKhoren GevorUD122009-07-11Germany Nürburg, GermanyRetained WBA Middleweight Title
Win32-2-1Japan SatoKoji SatoTKO72009-04-25Germany Krefeld, GermanyRetained WBA Middleweight Title
Win31-2-1Germany SylvesterSebastian SylvesterUD122008-11-01Germany Oberhausen, GermanyRetained WBA Middleweight Title
Win30-2-1United States GriffinRandy GriffinUD122008-07-07Germany Halle, GermanyRetained WBA Middleweight Title
Win29-2-1Australia PittmanJamie PittmanTKO72008-04-05Germany Düsseldorf, GermanyRetained WBA Middleweight Title
Draw28-2-1United States GriffinRandy GriffinPTS122007-10-20Germany Halle, GermanyRetained WBA Middleweight Title
Win28-2Uruguay AlcobaNoe Gonzalez AlcobaUD122007-06-30Germany Stuttgart, GermanyRetained WBA Middleweight Title
Win27-2Spain CastillejoJavier CastillejoUD122007-04-28Germany Oberhausen, GermanyWon WBA Middleweight Title
Win26-2Australia ToppGavin ToppTKO62006-12-02Germany Berlin, Germany
Loss25-2Spain CastillejoJavier CastillejoTKO102006-07-15Germany Hamburg, GermanyLost WBA Middleweight Title
Win25-1Samoa MasoeMaselino MasoeUD122006-03-11Germany Hamburg, GermanyWon WBA Middleweight Title
Win24-1Spain SendraJorge SendraUD122005-06-18Croatia Pula, Croatia
Win23-1Germany SchenkBert SchenkTKO22005-03-05Germany Leverkusen, Germany
Win22-1Algeria CherifiHacine CherifiKO32004-12-04Germany Berlin, Germany
Win21-1United States FrazierRobert FrazierUD122004-09-18Germany Leverkusen, Germany
Loss20-1United States OscarOscar De La HoyaUD122004-06-05United States Las Vegas, USA
Win20-0Spain VaronRuben VaronUD122003-12-20Germany Kiel, Germany
Win19-0Argentina VelazcoHector Javier VelazcoSD122003-09-13Germany Berlin, Germany
Win18-0Uruguay VecchioRoberto Mario VecchioTKO52003-07-12Germany Leverkusen, Germany
Win17-0South Africa MashegoTshepo MashegoUD102003-05-10Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Win16-0Argentina MamaniJavier Alberto MamaniUD102003-03-08Germany Hannover, Germany
Win15-0Hungary SzaboLorant SzaboUD82002-11-23Germany Dortmund, Germany
Win14-0Slovakia LascekAnton LascekTKO32002-10-05Hungary Debrecen, Hungary
Win13-0United States TockTerry TockKO12002-09-14Germany Braunschweig, Germany
Win12-0Hungary BugyikGyorgy BugyikTKO22002-07-20Germany Dortmund, Germany
Win11-0Angola MupekoDidier Nkuku MupekoPTS62002-04-06Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win10-0United States DavisRobert DavisPTS62001-12-15Germany Berlin, Germany
Win9-0Germany LuppMario LuppKO12001-11-24Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win8-0Italy PerniceFrancesco PerniceTKO42001-11-03Germany Lübeck, Germany
Win7-0United States IvoryAnthony IvoryPTS62001-09-29Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win6-0Belgium StiniMustapha StiniPTS42001-07-21Germany Aachen, Germany
Win5-0Slovakia ZubkoZdenek ZubkoKO22001-06-16Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win4-0Algeria KaouaneRamdane KaouaneTKO12001-05-05Germany Braunschweig, Germany
Win3-0Belgium IlungaBendele IlungaPTS42001-04-07Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win2-0Slovakia DendisSlavomir DendisKO12001-02-24Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win1-0Angola RibeiroAntonio RibeiroPTS42001-01-27Germany Munich, Germany

Personal life[edit]

Both of his parents were immigrants from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Héctor Javier Velazco
WBO Middleweight Champion
September 13, 2003 – June 5, 2004
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya
Preceded by
Maselino Masoe
WBA Middleweight Champion
Regular Title

March 11, 2006 – July 15, 2006
Succeeded by
Javier Castillejo
Preceded by
Javier Castillejo
WBA Middleweight Champion
April 28, 2007 – March 23, 2010
Promoted
Succeeded by
Gennady Golovkin
Interim Champion Promoted

as Regular Champion
Vacant
Title last held by
Jermain Taylor
WBA Middleweight Super Champion
March 23, 2010 – September 1, 2012
Succeeded by
Daniel Geale
Preceded by
Darren Barker
IBF Middleweight Champion
December 7, 2013 – present
Incumbent