Felix Sturm Just Won’t Go Away

By Elissa Harrison
Updated: March 13, 2006

Felix Sturm is trained by Michael Timm and promoted by Klaus-Peter Kohl. With the victory his record improves to 25-1, 11 KOs, while Maselino Masoe drops to 26-3, 25 KOs. Photo Credit: Andre Boge

Felix Sturm is trained by Michael Timm and promoted by Klaus-Peter Kohl. With the victory his record improves to 25-1, 11 KOs, while Maselino Masoe drops to 26-3, 25 KOs. Photo Credit: Andre Boge

Felix Sturm won’t go away. In fact, he just regained championship status following an impressive, unanimous decision win over now former champion Maselino Masoe in front of 7,000 fans at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg. Felix Sturm continues to push on and Jermain Taylor and possibly Winky Wright are going to have to deal with him eventually if they intend to claim undisputed eminence in the middleweight division.

It has been almost two years since Adnan Catic, a.k.a. Felix Sturm, “lost” -and I use the term loosely- his WBO belt to Oscar de la Hoya in Las Vegas, Nevada. The old adage goes that sometimes in losing you win, and that is exactly what happened on the night of June 5, 2004, at the MGM Grand in Sin City. Sturm was robbed by the judges, but he showed his mettle in and out of the ring, oozing confidence and poise, boxing beautifully and winning over many fans in his United States debut, and first fight ever outside his native Germany.

Oscar de la Hoya has only re-matched one opponent in his twelve years as a professional boxer, and that was Julio Cesar Chavez. I think it is fair to say that Oscar de la Hoya has nothing to gain by meeting Sturm again, even though the German has made it clear that he would relish the opportunity to fight Oscar again. Felix, don’t hold your breath, forget it, it’s not going to happen. However, and this is a dream fight for me, Jermain Taylor vs Felix Sturm would be a very competitive, evenly matched fight.

The only question in my mind regarding Sturm was whether he had a chin; couldn’t really judge it by the Oscar de la Hoya fight, since Oscar was the smaller man, not a true middleweight, who never posed a threat to Sturm with his power, or lack thereof.

Having been ringside at the Masoe-Evans fight, I can vouch for the New Zealander’s punching power. Yes, he is slow, and yes, he is almost 40 years old, nevertheless trust me when I tell you Masoe has very heavy hands, having won 25 of his 26 fights via the early evening route. Therefore, considering the Masoe-Sturm bout went the distance of twelve, during which time Maselino had to have made contact with his opponent but couldn’t put him down or beat him otherwise, one has to reach the conclusion that Felix Sturm must have a decent beard. The official scoring went as follows: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Raul Caiz Jr. (USA) scored it 117-111, while Gustavo Padilla (Panama) saw it 115-113.

That being said, a couple of questions come to mind… Will the now two-time champion Felix Sturm risk coming back to the United States to get robbed, again? Will Jermain “Bad Intentions’ Taylor care to run into Sturm inside the ropes? I believe that Felix Sturm has proven himself a worthy champion, and should get the winner of Wright-Taylor.

Our congratulations to the new champion and his team. Here is hoping to see you back in our neck of the woods very soon…

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