2012-09-01 Daniel Geale w pts 12 Felix Sturm, Pilsner Arena, Oberhausen, Germany - WBA/IBF

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2012-09-01 Daniel Geale w pts 12 Felix Sturm, Pilsner Arena, Oberhausen, Germany - WBA/IBF. Referee: Luis Pabon. Scorecards: 116-112, 116-112, 112-116.

Also on 1 September at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA, Gennady Golovkin stopped Grzegorz Proksa inside five rounds to retain his WBA ‘second tier’ title.

On 24 November at The Arena, Manchester, England, Martin Murray stopped Jorge Navarro inside six rounds to win the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title. It was announced by the WBA on 7 March 2014 that Murray had forfeited the 'interim' title due to a lack of defences.

After Geale was stripped by the WBA on 1 November for deciding to defend against Anthony Mundine in instead of Golovkin, the latter was handed the title.