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Macklin: I Don't Blame Felix Sturm, He Wasn't a Judge

BERLIN: Germany’s world middleweight champion Felix Sturm has already promised Ireland’s Matthew Macklin a rematch after defending his WBA title in controversial fashion with a split decision. After a gruelling 12 rounds, the champion was left with a cut above his eyelid, but Sturm was awarded the fight by the judges 113-115, 116-112 and 116-112 in front of an 18,500 strong crowd in Cologne.

“I should be champion,” said Macklin. “I believe I was the better fighter, but it is not Felix’s fault, he wasn’t a judge.” The judges were Levi Martinez from the USA, Jose Ignacio Martinez from Spain and Roberto Ramirez from Puerto Rico.

This was Sturm’s 10th title defence and Macklin was far from happy with the verdict having pushed the champion all the way, but the German has already said he will give the Birmingham-based Irishman a rematch. Sturm, who himself lost his WBO title to Oscar de la Hoya in 2004 in Las Vegas after a controversial decision, saw no problem with the decision.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dynamite Kid on 06-28-2011

You know watching this fight made me think, if that's how much Macklin has to take, and that's the pace he has to set to bridge gap in talent when he steps up, then what chance of him actually holding…

Comment by The Monk on 06-27-2011

[QUOTE=BoZz;10750372]macklin got nearly knocked out..he got saved by the bell he can stfu[/QUOTE] ^truly awful poster^

Comment by mev1 on 06-27-2011

This was the best fight i've seen this year. I had it a draw, but if anyone had an edge, it was Macklin.

Comment by Steak on 06-27-2011

class statement. I dont know why certain boxing fans blame a fighter when judges score horribly...

Comment by Ravens Fan on 06-27-2011

I don't care how meaningful Sturm's punches were. For eight of the twelve rounds he was easily outworked and Macklin should have won 116-112.

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