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16 NOVEMBER 2018


SecondsOut Team Pick Sturm vs. Lorenzo

Lorenzo vs. Sturm: G.Uebe/Arena
Lorenzo vs. Sturm: G.Uebe/Arena

The champion wants to remain on top and put himself forward for a future major pay day while the determined challenger is again attempting to win a world title for the first time, but that hasn’t stopped SecondsOut’s team of fearless writers from making their confident picks for Saturday’s WBA middleweight boxing world title match between Felix Sturm and Giovanni Lorenzo in Lanxess-Arena in Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

“Giovanni Lorenzo is an accomplished world-class contender, but Sturm has the better skills and should win on points in Germany. Sturm by unanimous decision. Sturm W.UD.12.”
- Gregory Juckett, Content Editor - New York, USA

“Is it really six years now since Felix Sturm was robbed on the scorecards and lost the WBO world title against Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas? It seems just like yesterday. Since then, Sturm has won, lost and regained the WBA world title and is on a nine fight unbeaten run. Lorenzo fought well in losing a split decision to IBF world champion Sebastian Sylvester one year ago in Germany and will make this fight a close one as well. The local champion just has enough to win. Sturm W.12.”
- Paul Upham, Content Editor - Sydney, Australia

“Felix Sturm is a steady fighter who is a proven entity and I can’t see him losing to the hard hitting Lorenzo. Lorenzo may be a champ one day, but not now. Sturm by decision. Sturm W.12.”
- Jerry Glick - Contributing Editor - New York City, USA

“Felix Sturm is never going to be confused with a pound for pound elite fighter, but he has fought and won against a collection of good fighters and defended his title multiple times. Lorenzo, on the other hand, has never gotten past the caliber of opposition Sturm typically fights these days. Lorenzo looks deadly against middle of road competition, but does not seem to have the skills to position himself to land his shots against more talented fighters. Sturm should capitalize on this and win in twelve. Sturm W.UD.12.”
- John Lumpkin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

“I think Felix Sturm might be to steady for Lorenzo. He does everything well enough to handle a second tier contender like Lorenzo. So far, Giovanni’s power has not been able to translate to big success against the bigger names he’s fought. In speaking with Lorenzo, I learned that he is in fact trying to take a new approach in preparing for this fight, but it still sounded like the foundation of his plan was still his power. I think Sturm is slipping a tad, but I think he is still more than capable enough to avoid the Dominican’s big punches and walk away with a clean decision victory. Sturm W.UD.12.”
- Derek Bonnett - Connecticut, USA

“Giovanni Lorenzo will return to Germany for the second time for his second chance to win a middleweight title. He came up short when two of the three judges ruled in favor of hometown fighter Sebastian Sylvester in September of 2009. A year earlier Lorenzo allowed himself to be out-hustled by an un-retired Raul Marquez, in an eliminator for Arthur Abraham’s title. With two strikes against him, Lorenzo will need to realize that he may not get another chance. He will need to let his hands go, and keep the verdict out of the hands of the judges. I’m guessing that the third time will be a charm, and Lorenzo will win a fight that is more about what Sturm fails to do. Lorenzo W.TKO.10.”
- Jason Pribila - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

“I haven’t seen too much of Giovanni Lorenzo, just a clip or so, on the Internet, but considering he has lost on points to Sebastian Sylvester who I don’t think is as good a boxer as Sturm, I can’t really predict him winning this fight. The German is flawless out of a technical aspect, very gifted indeed but not a great puncher as I see it. That and that only speak against him if you ask me. After taking a peak at Lorenzo’s fight record it’s obvious he can whack a bit (21 KO’s from 29 victories). Providing Sturm doesn’t run into something big during the fight I think he has all the tools to handle the New York-based Dominican over 12 rounds. Felix Sturm wins it after a beautiful display of text-book-boxing. Sturm W.12.”
- Teddy Stenmark - Sweden

“Felix Sturm has always been a strong solid fighter and was the victim of one of the biggest scoring controversies witnessed on live TV. I don’t see the same happening at home when he takes on Lorenzo, a fully fledged middleweight who struggled and lost to a semi-retired and much smaller Raul Marquez. Sturm W.12.”
- Amilcar Barnett - Belize, Central America

“Felix Sturm has been inactive for a long time. He’s a pretty good boxer with decent pop and a good chin. He’s fought very good competition and always seems to be in good shape. Giovanni Lorenzo has an impressive record, but I guarantee you would not recognize anyone that he’s beaten. When he stepped up his competition and fought name guys, he’s lost. He’s not a very fluid fighter and seems to go for the one-punch KO every time. I think Sturm will outbox and possibly finish him off by the later rounds. Sturm W.TKO.10.”
- Tri Nguyen - Alexandria, Virginia, USA

“It’s amazing to think that Sturm lost what was a highly contentious decision to De La Hoya six years ago. Since then the wheels have only fell off once against Castillejo and that was avenged. Sturm is the better boxer and Lorenzo has lost on a couple of occasions to lesser men than he’ll face on Saturday. Hopefully this fight can lead to a marquee fight for Felix - he deserves it. Sturm W.12.”
- Tom Gray - Motherwell, Scotland, UK




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