Felix Sturm

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Name: Felix Sturm
Alias: The Fighter
Birth Name: Adnan Catic
Born: 1979-01-31 (Age:35)
Birthplace: Leverkusen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Hometown: Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 11½″   /   181cm
Reach: 73″   /   185cm
Boxing Record: click
Promoting Record: click

Manager: Klaus-Peter Kohl ( - 2009), Roland Bebak (2010 - )
Trainers: Michael Timm ( - 2009), Fritz Sdunek (2010 - )

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Boxing Career

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At the young age of eleven, Felix Sturm discovered his passion for the sport of boxing. Born in Leverkusen, Germany, he had success early on when he became the Junior European Champion in 1997. Three years later, the 21-years old amateur star represented Germany at the Olympic Games in Sydney and lost a razor thin decision to Bronze Medal winner and future Middleweight World Champion Jermain Taylor. Just a few months after the Olympic Games, Sturm decided to turn pro and won his professional debut on January 27, 2001.

At the end of his first year as a professional prize fighter – fighting under the banner of Universum Box-Promotion – Felix Sturm had a perfect record of 10-0. In 2003, Sturm seized the moment when he replaced his stable mate Bert Schenk on short notice to challenge WBO middleweight champion Hector Javier Velazco in Berlin, Germany. Boxing beautifully, Sturm took the decision and the WBO belt. A new champion was born.

In June 2004, Sturm took the next step and became an instant star when he faced boxing legend and multiple-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas. Most observers felt that Sturm out-boxed his legendary foe and did well enough to get a decision. But the judges disagreed and awarded De La Hoya a controversial and highly debated win. Sturm lost his belt, but archived international recognition.

Sturm fought back and secured his second world title when he defeated hard-punching WBA champion Maselino Masoe in March 2006. The first title defense ended in disappointment as Sturm lost an upset TKO to the experienced Spaniard Javier Castillejo. Only nine months later, however, the German fighter clearly outpointed Castillejo in their rematch to capture his third middleweight crown.

In 2010, Sturm parted way with Universum Box-Promotion and founded Sturm Box-Promotion. Now promoting himself, he came back on September 4, 2010, along with his new trainer Fritz Sdunek, in Cologne, Germany, against the hard-hitting Giovanni Lorenzo to retain his WBA crown via a one-sided unanimous decision.

Sturm defeated American contender Ronald Hearns by TKO in his next fight, before scoring a close decision win in a thrilling affair against Irishman Matthew Macklin in June 2011. In December of that year, he fought to a disputed draw with unbeaten Martin Murray – a fight most observers felt Sturm won.

In April 2012, he gave one of his career-best performances when he thoroughly dominated and stopped former world champion Sebastian Zbik in a domestic battle in front of 20.000 fans at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

Five months later, he fought Australian IBF champion Daniel Geale in a WBA/IBF middleweight title unification in Oberhausen, Germany. After a intense battle over twelve rounds, two of the three judges scored the fight for Geale, making him the winner by split decision.

Eager to get a rematch, Sturm took on veteran Sam Soliman in an IBF title eliminator early in 2013. He lost a highly disputed decision to Soliman which was later overturned to a No Contest when Soliman was found guilty of doping. The IBF set up another elimination bout for Sturm, this time with the unbeaten Predrag Radosevic, the highest ranked contender by the IBF at that time. Sturm absolutely destroyed Radosevic in July 2013 in Dortmund, Germany, dropping him three times en route to a fourth round TKO win.

Now the mandatory challenger for the IBF, Sturm challenged Darren Barker from Great Britian, who defeated Geale in barnburner in Atlantic City in August 2013, in front of a packed house at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, on December 7, 2013. The German, who was the betting underdog in this fight, seized the moment as he finished Barker in only two rounds to capture the IBF world title and become Germany’s first and only four-time professional world boxing champion.

Felix Sturm has an outstanding professional record consisting of 39 wins with 18 of them by way of knockout, three defeats, two draws and one No Contest.

Career Factoids

World Titles

  • WBO World Middleweight Title (2003-2004)
  • WBA World Middleweight Title (2006; 2007-2012)
  • WBA Super World Middleweight Title (2010-2012)
  • IBF World Middleweight Title (since 2013)

Regional & Minor Titles

  • IBF Youth Middleweight Title (2003)
  • WBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title (2003; 2004-2005)

Awards & Other Achievements

  • German Fighter of the Year (2004)
  • First and only professional fighter from Germany to win four world championships
  • Named the "Comeback Fighter of the Year" in 2013 by the IBF

Olympic Results

2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia (Light Middleweight, representing Germany):

Amateur Highlights

1997 European Junior Championships in Birmingham, England (Gold Medalist at Light Middleweight):

1997 German National Championships (Silver Medalist at Light Middleweight):

1998 German National Championships (Gold Medalist at Light Middleweight):

1999 German National Championships (Gold Medalist at Light Middleweight):

1999 World Championships in Houston, United States (Light Middleweight):

2000 European Championships in Tampere, Finland (Gold Medalist at Light Middleweight):

External Links

Official Web Site
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Preceded by:
Hector Javier Velazco
WBO Middleweight Champion
2003 Sep 13 – 2004 Jun 5
Succeeded by:
Oscar De La Hoya
Preceded by:
Maselino Masoe
Regular Champion
WBA Middleweight Champion
2006 Mar 11 – 2006 Jul 15
Regular Champion
Succeeded by:
Javier Castillejo
Regular Champion
Preceded by:
Javier Castillejo
Regular Champion
WBA Middleweight Champion

2007 Apr 28 – 2010 Mar
Upgraded to Super Champion
2010 Mar – 2012 Sep 1
Super Champion

Succeeded by:
Daniel Geale
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Gennady Golovkin
Regular Champion
Preceded by:
Darren Barker
IBF Middleweight Champion
2013 Dec 7 – 2014 May 31
Succeeded by:
Sam Soliman