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Photos: Darren Barker, Felix Sturm Tense Face To Face

Darren Barker has vowed to shine in his IBF World Middleweight title defence against Felix Sturm at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, live on Sky Sports 1 from 9pm.

The Londoner faces his first World title defence against the German hero, who is attempting to become the first four-time German boxing champion – but Barker said that won’t be happening tomorrow night.

“When preparation has been perfect you look forward to getting in there and that's where I am right now – I just can't wait to get in there and do my thing,” said Barker, who weighed in at 11st 5lbs (159-pounds), lighter Sturm who scaled 11st 5lbs 6oz (159.6).

“I've got a small and close team around me and that's how I like it. I've had a good week here, it's been enjoyable, we’ve been treated really well and the German fans have been great. I’ve got a lot of fans out here and they were brilliant in the weigh-in, there's even more coming tomorrow and it's going to be a great atmosphere.

“The confidence and belief from winning a World title is unreal – I've always believed I'm World class, but winning that World title I know that I am World class because I've proved it. I am as hungry as I've ever been, I'm proud to be a World champion and I want to have a long reign.

“Coming out to Germany to fight one of their great champions is a big statement. I've won the title abroad and I'm defending it abroad – it's a sign of my belief that I will beat him and move towards securing a legacy in this great division.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by soul_survivor on 12-07-2013

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;14002996]Barker is a slight fav but [B]Sturm hits hard and Barker is weak to the body[/B], not just the Geale fight but also with Martinez and his surgeries in the region. [B]Sturm could take barker out.[/B][/QUOTE] Ma *****s, I keep…

Comment by TGD on 12-07-2013

Always said Barker was overhyped. Murray and Macklin both better.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 12-07-2013

Really depends how far Sturm has slipped. He wasn't too good in his prime and he's well passed that now. That said, Barker's not that good either. He's solid, decent. A good fighter but just not that good. I expect…

Comment by mathed on 12-07-2013

Too many Barker disbelievers around here......he is gonna beat the will to win out of Sturm. He will also force the doubters to see the light, one at a time.

Comment by Simurgh on 12-07-2013

War Sturm!

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