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Hearn: Barker-Sturm Clash Has Immediate Rematch

Darren Barker will make the first defence of his IBF middleweight title against Felix Sturm in Germany on December 7.

Barker won the belt with a courageous points win over Daniel Geale in August and has agreed to travel to Sturm's home patch in Stuttgart to defend his belt.

Sturm has proved notoriously hard to beat on his own territory as he held Martin Murray to a draw and claimed a controversial points win over Matthew Macklin on their trips to Germany.

But promoter Eddie Hearn has added an option for an immediate March rematch in London if Barker is beaten.

"We have been in discussions with Felix Sturm's team since the Daniel Geale fight, and with purse bids approaching they made their intentions quite clear," said Hearn.

"Felix is the fight we want both financially and from a legacy perspective and once we were able to introduce our necessary demands, which included a potential second fight in the UK and neutral officials, then this was an opportunity Darren could not turn down.

"Even though defeat would lead to an immediate rematch in London, we are all confident that Darren will defend his title in style on December 7 in Germany."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Daddy T on 10-02-2013

he'll have to win very convincingly to get the nod over sturm in germany

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 10-02-2013

:lol1: @ some of the comments. Barker should turn down a 75% purse split to face Golovkin just to appease you nerds?

Comment by ИATAS on 10-02-2013

They might as well call the MW IBF belt the MW European belt. It's going to be held hostage for years.

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-02-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler I;13802482]Iirc domestic fights against Murray and/or Macklin were his preference. Given a free choice, I don't believe Barker would be travelling to Germany to fight Sturm irrespective of the payday. Even if Barker wanted to, I think Hearn…

Comment by wja1966 on 10-02-2013

Its a good clause but Eddie Hearn needs to start getting his finger out and paying to stage his fighters at home rather than always travelling. The only one i can think of who fought at home in a world…

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