Felix Sturm

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Felix Sturm
Felix Sturm 2012-03-30.JPG
Sturm in 2012
Statistics
Nickname(s) The Fighter
Rated at
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Reach 185 cm (73 in)
Nationality German
Born Adnan Ćatić
(1979-01-31) 31 January 1979 (age 37)
Leverkusen, West Germany
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 49
Wins 40
Wins by KO 18
Losses 5
Draws 3
No contests 1

Felix Sturm (born Adnan Ćatić; 31 January 1979) is a German professional boxer.[1] He is the current WBA (Super) super-middleweight champion, having previously held the WBA, IBF, and WBO middleweight titles.

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:

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.[2]

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.

After defeating top contenders Matthew Macklin and Sebastian Zbik he lost his WBA title to Australian Daniel Geale. Geale's IBF title was also on the line.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
49 fights 40 wins 5 losses
By knockout 18 1
By decision 22 4
Draws 3
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
49 Win 40–5–3 (1) Russia Fedor Chudinov MD 12 20 Feb 2016 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany Won WBA (Super) super-middleweight title
48 Loss 39–5–3 (1) Russia Fedor Chudinov SD 12 9 May 2015 Germany Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany For WBA (Regular) super-middleweight title
47 Draw 39–4–3 (1) Germany Robert Stieglitz SD 12 8 Nov 2014 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
46 Loss 39–4–2 (1) Australia Sam Soliman UD 12 31 May 2014 Germany König Palast, Krefeld, Germany Lost IBF middleweight title
45 Win 39–3–2 (1) United Kingdom Darren Barker TKO 2 (12), 2:09 7 Dec 2013 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Won IBF middleweight title
44 Win 38–3–2 (1) Montenegro Predrag Radošević TKO 4 (12), 2:17 6 Jul 2013 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany
43 NC 37–3–2 (1) Australia Sam Soliman UD 12 1 Feb 2013 Germany ISS Dome, Düsseldorf, Germany Originally a UD win for Soliman, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
42 Loss 37–3–2 Australia Daniel Geale SD 12 1 Sep 2012 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany Lost WBA (Super) middleweight title;
For IBF middleweight title
41 Win 37–2–2 Germany Sebastian Zbik RTD 9 (12), 3:00 13 Apr 2012 Germany Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany Retained WBA (Super) middleweight title
40 Draw 36–2–2 United Kingdom Martin Murray SD 12 3 Dec 2011 Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany Retained WBA (Super) middleweight title
39 Win 36–2–1 United Kingdom Matthew Macklin SD 12 25 Jun 2011 Germany Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany Retained WBA (Super) middleweight title
38 Win 35–2–1 United States Ronald Hearns TKO 7 (12), 0:48 19 Feb 2011 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Retained WBA (Super) middleweight title
37 Win 34–2–1 Dominican Republic Giovanni Lorenzo UD 12 4 Sep 2010 Germany Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany Retained WBA (Super) middleweight title
36 Win 33–2–1 Armenia Khoren Gevor UD 12 11 Jul 2009 Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany Retained WBA middleweight title
35 Win 32–2–1 Japan Koji Sato TKO 7 (12), 2:46 25 Apr 2009 Germany König Palast, Krefeld, Germany Retained WBA middleweight title
34 Win 31–2–1 Germany Sebastian Sylvester UD 12 1 Nov 2008 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany Retained WBA middleweight title
33 Win 30–2–1 United States Randy Griffin UD 12 7 Jul 2008 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany Retained WBA middleweight title
32 Win 29–2–1 Australia Jamie Pittman TKO 7 (12), 0:36 5 Apr 2008 Germany Burg-Wächter Castello Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany Retained WBA middleweight title
31 Draw 28–2–1 United States Randy Griffin SD 12 20 Oct 2007 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Germany Retained WBA middleweight title
30 Win 28–2 Uruguay Noé González Alcoba UD 12 30 Jun 2007 Germany Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany Retained WBA middleweight title
29 Win 27–2 Spain Javier Castillejo UD 12 28 Apr 2007 Germany König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany Won WBA middleweight title
28 Win 26–2 Australia Gavin Topp TKO 6 (10), 1:08 2 Dec 2006 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
27 Loss 25–2 Spain Javier Castillejo TKO 10 (12), 2:47 15 Jul 2006 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Lost WBA middleweight title
26 Win 25–1 Samoa Maselino Masoe UD 12 11 Mar 2006 Germany Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany Won WBA middleweight title
25 Win 24–1 Spain Jorge Sendra UD 12 18 Jun 2005 Croatia Pula Arena, Pula, Croatia Retained WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title
24 Win 23–1 Germany Bert Schenk TKO 2 (12), 2:01 5 Mar 2006 Germany Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle, Leverkusen, Germany Retained WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title
23 Win 22–1 Algeria Hacine Cherifi KO 3 (8), 2:06 4 Dec 2004 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
22 Win 21–1 United States Robert Frazier UD 12 18 Sep 2004 Germany Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle, Leverkusen, Germany Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title
21 Loss 20–1 United States Oscar De La Hoya UD 12 5 Jun 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Lost WBO middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 Spain Ruben Varon UD 12 20 Dec 2003 Germany Ostseehalle, Kiel, Germany Retained WBO middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 Argentina Héctor Javier Velazco SD 12 13 Sep 2003 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany Won WBO middleweight title
18 Win 18–0 Uruguay Roberto Mario Vecchio TKO 5 (12) 12 Jul 2003 Germany Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle, Leverkusen, Germany Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title
17 Win 17–0 South Africa Tshepo Mashego UD 10 10 May 2003 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany Retained IBF Youth middleweight title
16 Win 16–0 Argentina Javier Alberto Mamani UD 10 8 Mar 2003 Germany Preussag Arena, Hanover, Germany Won vacant IBF Youth middleweight title
15 Win 15–0 Hungary Lorant Szabo UD 8 23 Nov 2002 Germany Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
14 Win 14–0 Slovakia Anton Lascek TKO 3 (8), 2:00 5 Oct 2002 Hungary Főnix Hall, Debrecen, Hungary
13 Win 13–0 United States Terry Tock KO 1 14 Sep 2002 Germany Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany
12 Win 12–0 Hungary Gyorgy Bugyik TKO 2 (6) 20 Jul 2002 Germany Westfalenhallen, Dortmund, Germany
11 Win 11–0 Angola Didier Nkuku Mupeko PTS 6 6 Apr 2002 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
10 Win 10–0 United States Robert Davis PTS 6 15 Dec 2001 Germany Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
9 Win 9–0 Germany Mario Lupp KO 1 (6) 24 Nov 2001 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
8 Win 8–0 Italy Francesco Pernice TKO 4 (6) 3 Nov 2001 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
7 Win 7–0 United States Anthony Ivory PTS 6 29 Sep 2001 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Belgium Mustapha Stini PTS 4 21 Jul 2001 Germany Tivoli Eissporthalle, Aachen, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Slovakia Zdenek Zubko KO 2 (6) 16 Jun 2001 Hungary Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary
4 Win 4–0 Algeria Ramdane Kaouane TKO 1 (4) 5 May 2001 Germany Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Belgium Bendele Ilunga PTS 4 7 Apr 2001 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
2 Win 2–0 Slovakia Slavomir Dendis KO 1 (4) 24 Feb 2001 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
1 Win 1–0 Angola Antonio Ribeiro PTS 4 27 Jan 2001 Germany Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich, Germany Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Regional titles
New title IBF Youth middleweight champion
8 March 2003 – July 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Domenico Spada
Vacant
Title last held by
András Gálfi
WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion
12 July 2003 – 13 September 2003
Won world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Mariano Natalio Carrera
Vacant
Title last held by
Mariano Natalio Carrera
WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion
18 September 2004 – December 2005
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Khoren Gevor
World titles
Preceded by
Héctor Javier Velazco
WBO middleweight champion
13 September 13, 2003 – 5 June 2004
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya
Preceded by
Maselino Masoe
WBA middleweight champion
Regular title

11 March 11, 2006 – July 15, 2006
Succeeded by
Javier Castillejo
Preceded by
Javier Castillejo
WBA middleweight champion
Regular title

28 April 2007 – 23 March 2010
Promoted
Succeeded by
Gennady Golovkin
promoted from interim status
Vacant
Title last held by
Jermain Taylor
WBA middleweight champion
Super title

23 March 2010 – September 1, 2012
Succeeded by
Daniel Geale
Preceded by
Darren Barker
IBF middleweight champion
7 December 2013 – 31 May 2014
Succeeded by
Sam Soliman
Preceded by
Fedor Chudinov
WBA super-middleweight champion
Super title

20 February 2016 – present
Incumbent

Personal life[edit]

Both of his parents were immigrants from Blagaj (near Mostar), Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a practicing Muslim. He is married to his wife Jasmina since 2007 and they have two children, Mahir and Nahla.

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