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Felix Sturm Passes on Curtis Stevens IBF Eliminator

Former middleweight champion Felix Sturm has passed on the opportunity of an IBF middleweight eliminator. The sanctioning body offered the German a fight for a shot at world champion Sam Soliman.

"We ordered an eliminator between Sturm and Curtis Stevens," IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker said to the German magazine SPORT BILD PLUS. "But Sturm informed us that he would not take the fight. He is injured.“

Sturm’s manager Roland Bebak confirms: "Felix has an arm injury and we originally planned surgery. He has bone chips in the joint. After his holiday we will decide if he has the surgery.“

The IBF is currently looking for fighters to enter the eliminator.

"It is a final eliminator," Tucker said. "The winner will be the mandatory for the champion." England’s Martin Murray and the Canadian David Lemieux also passed on the eliminator. "Currently we are talking with Stevens and Hassan N’Dam about the fight“, Tucker said.

Sturm plans to get back into the ring later this year.

"We think he will return around the end of November," Bebak said. "He only wants to fight twice per year from now on.“

Sturm lost his world title to Soliman on May 31 in Krefeld, German on an unanimous decision.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 06-23-2014

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Comment by Loque-san on 06-23-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14690856]Yea... looks like they're close for September 20th [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/9566/news-notes-stevens-ndam-in-works[/url] I'm guessing Solimon will unify with Golovkin laterthis year.... ehhh for a Curtis Stevens rematch....if he dominates then it's at least alright... still not high on a rematch[/QUOTE] N'dam suffered a…

Comment by wiz1030 on 06-23-2014

Stevens got these Euro cats on SHOOK! They saw what happened to Pat Majewski when he got put down the with the first jab Stevens threw.

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 06-23-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14690020]What I'm thinking and now that he lost, this fight against Abraham has probably piqued his interest[/QUOTE] I told you a few days ago when this fight got mentioned that sturm would skip it.. Sturm vs Abraham seems like the…

Comment by Hougigo on 06-23-2014

Yea... looks like they're close for September 20th [url]http://espn.go.com/blog/dan-rafael/post/_/id/9566/news-notes-stevens-ndam-in-works[/url] I'm guessing Solimon will unify with Golovkin laterthis year.... ehhh for a Curtis Stevens rematch....if he dominates then it's at least alright... still not high on a rematch

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