IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker will defend his title against three-time world champion Felix Sturm in Stuttgart, Germany on December 7.
“I am thrilled that we were able to bring the fight to Germany,” Sturm told German newspaper BILD. “In Stuttgart I want to become world champion for the fourth time in my career.”
Barker and Sturm’s teams struck an agreement where the Londoner faces the former WBA champion in Germany with a return fight in London scheduled for March at Barker’s option.
The pair will come face-to-face at a press conference in Stuttgart next Wednesday with a London press conference the following day, and Barker’s promoter Eddie Hearn is delighted that the fight has been finalised.
“We have been in discussions with Felix Sturm’s team since the Daniel Geale fight, and with purse bids approaching they made their intentions quite clear,” said Hearn.
“Felix is the fight we want both financially and from a legacy perspective and once we were able to introduce our necessary demands, which included a potential second fight in the UK and neutral officials, then this was an opportunity Darren could not turn down. Even though defeat would lead to an immediate rematch in London, we are all confident that Darren will defend his title in style on December 7 in Germany.”
October 1, 2013