The German, Felix Sturm (40-5-3) reclaims his WBA Super Middleweight title in a rematch against the (once) unbeaten Fedor Chudinov of Russia via decision, dealing him his first loss in the ring on Saturday.
Judges Ignacio Robles scored the fight by 114 – 144 (draw), while the other two, Louis Leglande and Giusep Quartarone both scored it 115 – 113 in favour of Sturm.
The 37 year old also recorded a record of being the first German fighter to hold a world title for the 5th time after a superbly evened out fight where the German appeared to be the fresher fighter, tiring out his opponent towards the end of the bout.
Upon winning the Champ speaks of possible retirement:
‘”Perhaps that was my last bout today. There was huge pressure. I’ll give it a bit of time. We want to come down from this first,”’ Sturm said.
‘”All in all, it was a nice way to sign off if that was it.”’
Sturm’s record bumped up a notch to 40 wins 5 losses and 3 draws while the Russian was dealt his first ever loss (14 -1) in the form of a rematch, previously beating Felix via split decision for the vacant title last May.
While the Russian was classy in defeat, he did not necessarily agree with the results:
‘“Felix fought very well, very hard,”’ Chudinov said. ‘“There were a few clashes of heads, sometimes Felix’s fault, sometimes mine.
But I’m not in agreement with the decision.”’