Felix Sturm

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Felix Sturm
Felix Sturm 2012-03-30.JPG
Statistics
Real name Adnan Ćatić
Nickname(s) The Fighter
Rated at Middleweight
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Nationality German[1]
Born (1979-01-31) 31 January 1979 (age 35)
Leverkusen, West Germany
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 39
Wins by KO 18
Losses 4
Draws 2
No contests 1

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

Amateur career[edit]

Highlights included:

  • 1997 2nd place at Light Middleweight in German National Championships, losing to Jürgen Brähmer on points
  • 1998 German National Light Middleweight champion, defeating Jorg Rosomkiewicz
  • 1999 competed at the World Championships in Houston, United States; as a Light Middleweight. Results were:
  • 1999 German National Light Middleweight champion, defeating Jorg Rosomkiewicz
  • 2000 1st place at Light Middleweight at European Championships in Tampere, Finland. Results were:
    • Defeated Karoly Balzsay (Hungary) points
    • Defeated Miroslaw Nowosada (Poland) points
    • Defeated Dmitri Usagin (Bulgaria) points
    • Defeated Andrei Mishin (Russia) 3-1
  • Represented Germany at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Results were:
    • Defeated Dilshod Yarbekov (Uzbekistan) points
    • Defeated Richard Rowles (Australia) TKO 3
    • Lost to Jermain Taylor (United States) points

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.

Sturm vs. Macklin[edit]

On the 25th of June 2011 he defended his title in the Lanxness Arena against Matthew Macklin of Ireland. Sturm got off to a slow start and absorbed many heavy blows in the first few rounds. Sturm came back strongly however and kept the fight competitive in the middle rounds. Macklin however closed strongly and the fight went to the cards. Sturm would win by a close split decision, something that was heavily criticized by the boxing media, who felt that Macklin had done enough to win the title.

Sturm vs. Murray[edit]

Sturm would finish 2011 by challenging British contender Martin Murray. This bout proved competitive with both men having their share of high moments. Sturm would go on to retain his title via a draw, a result that appeared fair to most.

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 vs. Geale[edit]

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. Geale's unorthodox swarming, inside and outside tactics frequently befuddled Sturm. Geale would defeat Sturm with a well deserved split-decision win.

Sturm vs. Soliman[edit]

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 a non-title 12 round bout in his home nation of Germany. Sturm won by a fourth round TKO.

Sturm vs. Barker[edit]

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.

Sturm vs. Soliman II[edit]

Sturm' reign however would prove short-lived. Sturm's next fight was a rematch against former opponent Sam Soliman. Sturm was dominated in their match, throwing nearly three times fewer punches than Soliman, and losing a wide unanimous decision.

Professional Boxing record[edit]

39 Wins (19 knockouts), 4 Losses, 2 Draws, 1 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 39-4-2 (1) Australia Sam Soliman UD 12 2014-05-31 Germany König Palast, Krefeld, Germany Lost IBF Middleweight title.
Win 39–3–2 (1) United Kingdom Darren Barker TKO 2 (12) 2013-12-07 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Won IBF Middleweight title.
Win 38–3–2 (1) Montenegro Predrag Radošević TKO 4 (12) 2013-07-06 Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
NC 37–3–2 (1) Australia SolimanSam Soliman NC 12 2013-02-01 Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany IBF Title Eliminator.
Fight originally won by Soliman but later changed to a No Contest as a result of Soliman's failed drug test.
Loss 37–3–2 Australia GealeDaniel Geale SD 12 2012-09-01 Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Lost WBA (Super) Middleweight Title.
For IBF Middleweight Title.
Win 37–2–2 Germany ZbikSebastian Zbik TKO 9 2012-04-13 Germany Cologne, Germany Retained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title.
Draw 36–2–2 United Kingdom MurrayMartin Murray SD 12 2011-12-03 Germany Mannheim, Germany Retained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title.
Win 36–2–1 United Kingdom MacklinMatthew Macklin SD 12 2011-06-25 Germany Cologne, Germany Retained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title.
Win 35–2–1 United States HearnsRonald Hearns TKO 7 2011-02-19 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Retained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title.
Win 34–2–1 Dominican Republic LorenzoGiovanni Lorenzo UD 12 2010-09-04 Germany Cologne, Germany Retained WBA (Super) Middleweight Title.
Win 33–2–1 Armenia GevorKhoren Gevor UD 12 2009-07-11 Germany Nürburg, Germany Retained WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 32–2–1 Japan SatoKoji Sato TKO 7 2009-04-25 Germany Krefeld, Germany Retained WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 31–2–1 Germany SylvesterSebastian Sylvester UD 12 2008-11-01 Germany Oberhausen, Germany Retained WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 30–2–1 United States GriffinRandy Griffin UD 12 2008-07-07 Germany Halle, Germany Retained WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 29–2–1 Australia PittmanJamie Pittman TKO 7 2008-04-05 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBA Middleweight Title.
Draw 28–2–1 United States GriffinRandy Griffin SD 12 2007-10-20 Germany Halle, Germany Retained WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 28–2 Uruguay AlcobaNoe Gonzalez Alcoba UD 12 2007-06-30 Germany Stuttgart, Germany Retained WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 27–2 Spain CastillejoJavier Castillejo UD 12 2007-04-28 Germany Oberhausen, Germany Won WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 26–2 Australia ToppGavin Topp TKO 6 2006-12-02 Germany Berlin, Germany
Loss 25–2 Spain CastillejoJavier Castillejo TKO 10 2006-07-15 Germany Hamburg, Germany Lost WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 25–1 Samoa MasoeMaselino Masoe UD 12 2006-03-11 Germany Hamburg, Germany Won WBA Middleweight Title.
Win 24–1 Spain SendraJorge Sendra UD 12 2005-06-18 Croatia Pula, Croatia
Win 23–1 Germany SchenkBert Schenk TKO 2 2005-03-05 Germany Leverkusen, Germany
Win 22–1 Algeria CherifiHacine Cherifi KO 3 2004-12-04 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 21–1 United States FrazierRobert Frazier UD 12 2004-09-18 Germany Leverkusen, Germany
Loss 20–1 United States OscarOscar De La Hoya UD 12 2004-06-05 United States Las Vegas, USA Lost WBO Middleweight Title.
Win 20–0 Spain VaronRuben Varon UD 12 2003-12-20 Germany Kiel, Germany Retained WBO Middleweight Title.
Win 19–0 Argentina VelazcoHector Javier Velazco SD 12 2003-09-13 Germany Berlin, Germany Won WBO Middleweight Title.
Win 18–0 Uruguay VecchioRoberto Mario Vecchio TKO 5 2003-07-12 Germany Leverkusen, Germany
Win 17–0 South Africa MashegoTshepo Mashego UD 10 2003-05-10 Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Win 16–0 Argentina MamaniJavier Alberto Mamani UD 10 2003-03-08 Germany Hannover, Germany
Win 15–0 Hungary SzaboLorant Szabo UD 8 2002-11-23 Germany Dortmund, Germany
Win 14–0 Slovakia LascekAnton Lascek TKO 3 2002-10-05 Hungary Debrecen, Hungary
Win 13–0 United States TockTerry Tock KO 1 2002-09-14 Germany Braunschweig, Germany
Win 12–0 Hungary BugyikGyorgy Bugyik TKO 2 2002-07-20 Germany Dortmund, Germany
Win 11–0 Angola MupekoDidier Nkuku Mupeko PTS 6 2002-04-06 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 10–0 United States DavisRobert Davis PTS 6 2001-12-15 Germany Berlin, Germany
Win 9–0 Germany LuppMario Lupp KO 1 2001-11-24 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 8–0 Italy PerniceFrancesco Pernice TKO 4 2001-11-03 Germany Lübeck, Germany
Win 7–0 United States IvoryAnthony Ivory PTS 6 2001-09-29 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 6–0 Belgium StiniMustapha Stini PTS 4 2001-07-21 Germany Aachen, Germany
Win 5–0 Slovakia ZubkoZdenek Zubko KO 2 2001-06-16 Hungary Budapest, Hungary
Win 4–0 Algeria KaouaneRamdane Kaouane TKO 1 2001-05-05 Germany Braunschweig, Germany
Win 3–0 Belgium IlungaBendele Ilunga PTS 4 2001-04-07 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 2–0 Slovakia DendisSlavomir Dendis KO 1 2001-02-24 Germany Hamburg, Germany
Win 1–0 Angola RibeiroAntonio Ribeiro PTS 4 2001-01-27 Germany Munich, Germany Professional Debut.

Personal life[edit]

Both of his parents were immigrants from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a practicing Muslim. He is married and has a son, Mahir.

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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 – May 31, 2014
Succeeded by
Sam Soliman