By John J. Raspanti, DoghouseBoxing. Defending WBA super middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 16 KOs) has eked out some controversial decisions in the past. On Saturday night at the KoenigPilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, Sturm found himself on the other side of a close decision as IBF champion Daniel Geale (28-1, 15 KOs) won their fight by majority decision.
With the victory, Geale is now a duel champion (IBF and WBA).
Scores were 116-112 for Sturm and 116-112 Geale twice.
started off fast, scoring consistently with his jab. Geale had trouble
finding Sturm in the early rounds. Geale also suffered a cut in round
two. Sturm rocked the IBF champion near the end of the second round with
an overhand right. Sturm continued the onslaught in the next stanza.
Australian born Geale fought back near the end of the round with some
well placed body shots. Both fighters pushed each other in the next few
rounds. The rounds were close and hard to judge.
Geale was busier
in round seven while Sturm worked the body. Sturm came on in round
eight in the last minute to steal the stanza. Geale returned the favor
in the next round by landing three straight right hands. Sturm,
sensing the 13th defense of his title could turn out to be unlucky,
came out more intensely in round ten. Geale looked tired as Sturm
applied the pressure.
The championship rounds were highlighted by
sharp exchanges from both fighters. Sturm, 33, utilized all his
experience. Geale, 31, had more gas in his tank. The last minute of the
fight featured some furious toe-to-action.
The loss was the first
for Sturm since 2006. Geale has now won seven fights in a row since
suffering his only loss to Anthony Mundine in 2009.
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