Felix Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title via a 12 round split decision win over Birmingham based Irishman Matthew Macklin Saturday in a real barstormer at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.
Macklin meant business from the start, pushing Sturm back at every opportunity in the first few rounds. Sturm managed to get a grip on the contest in the fourth round by slowly picking up the pace and find his target with fast and solid combinations.
As is his style Macklin kept plodding away and marching forward in the hope of griding down the champion but Sturm was the more accurate puncher of the two
It was a close battle between boxer and brawler and highly entertaining, especially in the last two rounds but in the end it was the cleaner punching of Sturm that caught the eye of the judges.
The judges scored the bout 115:113 for Macklin, 116:112 and 116:112 for Sturm.
On the undecard former British heavyweight champion Danny Williams was stopped inside seven rounds by unbeaten German Manuel Charr. Time of the stoppage was 1.16. Charr improves to 18-0-(10), Williams drops to 43-10-(33).
In other action Nadia Raoui scored a six round win over Eveniya Zablotskava and Manuel Faisst stopped Torston Roos in the second round.
June 25, 2011