Macklin: Felix Sturm Stops Martin Murray, Mid-Late Rounds

By Phil D. Jay

Former European champion Matthew Macklin will be an interested spectator when Martin Murray steps into the ring with WBA champion Felix Sturm in eight days’ time as he knows it could have been him opposing the German in Mannheim.

Macklin, 29, took Sturm all the way in June at the Lanxess Arena and was unlucky not to take away the 39-fight veteran’s title after a close split decision verdict, before failing to agree terms on an immediate rematch.

Now the new Lou DiBella signing, who bases himself in New York since the defeat, is predicting an easier test for the belt holder who takes on undefeated St Helens man Murray (23-0, 10 KO’s) in the eleventh defence of his world title.

“This to me could be a fight of levels,” Macklin told World Boxing News.

“Sturm has fought at world level for over seven years now whilst Murray has fought just one British title fight against a novice pro (Nick Blackwell) with no amateur experience.

“Sturm was has an exceptional amateur background and taking the occasion into consideration, I think Sturm will stop him in the mid-to-late rounds.”

29 year-old Murray, who holds the British and Commonwealth titles, will also be up against a Partizan crowd at the SAP-Arena and whether he can deal with the situation as well as Macklin will be witnessed on the night.

Sturm, 32, may be on the slide in his career though after dominating challengers on home soil for the past five years and Murray should look at the tactics used by Macklin for his blueprint.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tenPt on 11-26-2011

Sturm can keep having these meaningless defences, nobody notices anyways. Between him and Chavez Jr. how many fringe contenders can they dig up?

Comment by Tobi.G on 11-26-2011

[QUOTE=uoykcuf;11471489]Is Martin Murray any good? He has undefeated record but that could be because of who he fought. Why does Felix Sturm keep ducking fighters like Martinez, Pavlik(when Pavlik was at 160), Abraham(when Abraham was at 160), and Taylor(when Taylor…

Comment by TNTSUGAR on 11-25-2011

I agree with this bum this time, btw Macklin will be another KO in Martinez's list. He was lucky with Sturm, Felix understimated him but nearly KOed him in the last rounds.

Comment by uoykcuf on 11-25-2011

[QUOTE=bennido;11471641]Sad thing cos he could probably challenge himself, he just doesnt need to as no one here in Germany really cares...[/QUOTE] This doesn't really make sense to me, I would think German fight fans are the same as any other…

Comment by uoykcuf on 11-25-2011

I just seen little snippets of Taylor/Sturm on youtube in the amateurs it actually was closer than what I've read on here by someone. That was just the amateurs anyways. It's also very hard to even decide who wins a…

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