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Barker Has No Regrets on Facing Sturm in Germany

by Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

DARREN BARKER insists the chance of humbling Germany’s No.1 boxing star in front of his home fans is a risk worth taking. The Londoner will face Sturm, 34, in Stuttgart on December 7 having chosen to sacrifice home advantage against another opponent for a £1million pay-day in a first defence of his IBF ­world-middleweight title.

There have been a series of controversial decisions in Germany, one example being when Brit Martin Murray was held to a draw with ex-WBA champ Sturm in 2011.

But Barker, 31, has no concerns about retaining his title and defying the theory that foreign boxers have to knock out a German on home soil just to get a draw.

He said: “Sturm has been their standout boxer for years. It’s another experience I’ll have and another story to tell in years to come, that I beat their top man in Germany.

“The chance of doing that gives me a buzz.

“It will be hostile out there but I’ve no concerns. Firstly, because I’m so confident I’ll win the fight clearly there will be no argument when it comes to scoring it. And my promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted on neutral officials and judges.

“There is a rematch clause in London, which covers my back should I lose, so I don’t regret not making a first defence at home.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 10-08-2013

If Barker loses or gets robbed, they have to fight in england so it will be all good for Barker. I dont think Barker will need the rematch though.

Comment by Hougigo on 10-07-2013

Probably doesn't. Shoot, if he loses there, he got a rematch in England for even more money.... he's fine

Comment by ottocon860 on 10-07-2013

Agree. Making as much as he can and he deserves it. Hopfuly he wins it and keeps getting paid.

Comment by petero on 10-07-2013

Great to hear a guy like Barker is getting a serious payday. He's been through a ton of grief but has become a real peoples champion. I only see him getting much better as a pro.

Comment by luke1979 on 10-07-2013

I want to see this guy earn a truck load of money and retire. Leave with a smile and financial security. He's given so much and lost so much, he deserves to walk away with a fighting chance of being…

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