By Igor Lazorin, tass
Felix Sturm is finally on the verge of his losing his WBA super middleweight title, according to Umar Kremlev, manager of Russian 168-pound contender Fedor Chudinov
The World Boxing Association (WBA) is expected to strip Sturm of his title, according to Kremlev.
In February, Chudinov lost what many felt was a controversial twelve round majority decision to Sturm. One judge scored it 114-114, while the other two gave the German a victory by a whisker with identical tallies of 115-113.
After the outcome, Chudinov's handlers protested the decision and said there appeared to be some issues and manipulation with the gloves provided to Chudinov.
The two sides were planning to have a rematch in the fall, due to a rematch clause in the contract. Before a third fight was finalized, both parties were informed that Sturm had failed drug test and came up positive for banned substance hydroxy-stanozolol. The doping test was taken after the fight.
In early May, Sturm and his team were required to open up his B-sample and run a test to confirm or eliminate the findings in the first exam. That was never done.
Since that time, Germany prosecutors have opened up a criminal case against Sturm - as the fighter has refused to answer them regarding the doping scandal. On top of that, Sturm has left Germany and moved his entire family to his home country of Bosnia, where he plans to resume his career despite the looming controversy.
Chudinov has a record of 14 wins (10 by KO), and one loss to Sturm, which is going to change over to a no-contest.