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Sturm in Disbelief Over Loss, Not Sure What's Next

DUESSELDORF, Germany -- As previously reported, Sam Soliman defeated former WBA champion Felix Sturm by unanimous decision in their IBF middleweight title eliminator. Sturm sent his opponent on the canvas in the second round with a swinging right but Soliman somehow got up, and improved as the bout went on. The judges awarded it 116-111, 114-113, 114-113 to the 39-year-old Australian, who will next fight compatriot Daniel Geale for the IBF title.

Sturm clearly dominated the early rounds but then found it harder to deal with Soliman's awkward, crouching style. 

There was a moment of confusion as Michael Buffer announced the judges had awarded it to Sturm, only to correct himself as the German and the crowd were celebrating. Soliman improved to 42-11 with 17 KOs, while Sturm, a German of Bosnian descent, dropped to 37-4-2 (16 KOs) on the day after his 34th birthday. It was Sturm's second consecutive defeat after losing his WBA title to Geale in September. His previous loss was in 2006 to Javier Castillejo of Spain.

"I landed the clearer punches but I can't tell what's in the judges' heads," Sturm said. "He was very hard to fight but you can't anything about it. Now I'll spend some time with my family and see what happens next."

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

Guy had talent but he wasted his career avoiding other beltholders/legit challengers like GGG. At least he made good money at home, but if he can't easily beat somebody on Soliman's level, he probably should quit.

Comment by BattlingNelson on 02-02-2013

I was baffled by the decision having Sturm ahead 115-112. Of course Buffer messing up contributed to my disbelief. Sturm has been on the slide for a couple of years now, so I guess it was just a matter of…

Comment by sako5 on 02-02-2013

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Comment by any craic lad? on 02-02-2013

Stopped watching after the third too go out thinking Felix had it in the bag was shocked when i found out.Sturm shoulda jumped all over him in the 2nd.Retirement is probably the best option now

Comment by Michael Paine on 02-02-2013

Buffer is the man trolling everyone with the decision. :trink26:

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