Felix Sturm Arrested in Germany, Accused of Tax Evasion

By Luke Furman

The former world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA), Felix Sturm, was arrested in Cologne, Germany.

 It was reported by Bild that the 40-year-old athlete was arrested at a fitness fair.

According to the outlet, Sturm is accused of tax evasion. It is also noted that the athlete recently lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina and was previously unavailable to the German police.


Sturm first won gold in 2003, when he captured the WBO middleweight title, and then lost the belt in a highly controversial decision to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004 - a high profile loss which made Sturm a name in the sport.

He won the WBA middleweight  title in March 2006, defeating the Samoan Marcelo. He was criticized for several years for refusing to make a mandatory defense against Gennady Golovkin.

There were also several close decisions that went his way. In 2010 he moved up in weight and captured the WBA super middleweight title.

On February 20, 2016, Sturm met with Russia's Fedor Chudinov in the battle for the WBA super middleweight title and recaptured the belt by split decision.

After the fight, an anabolic steroid stanozolol was found in a German's doping test, and as a result, he was denied the title.

The Germany authorities were going to pursue criminal charges against Sturm, in connection to the claimed use of steroids - but the boxer put a halt to his pro career and swiftly moved to his native country of Bosnia.

In total, Sturm had 48 fights in his professional career, having won 40 wins, 18 of which by knockout, losing 5 times and completing three fights which ended in a draw.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Lunchbucket on 04-07-2019

[QUOTE=davef;19642814]he shouldn't worry just hold the trial in Germany and the jury will give him the win[/QUOTE] HAHAHA! Comment of the day!

Comment by davef on 04-07-2019

he shouldn't worry just hold the trial in Germany and the jury will give him the win

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 04-07-2019

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;19642304]No, I didn't exactly mean that. I should have expressed my concept with a different phrasing. Indeed the "building up" of a career must necessarily include the has-beens and tomato cans, no question about it. To avoid writing a whole…

Comment by yoshik on 04-07-2019

Sturm was solid. SOLID. Don't judge him about taxes. There are walking time bombs in the US and past greats that got nabbed due to BS promoters "managing" their money. Euro fighters don't have the exposure that American fighters do.…

Comment by yoshik on 04-07-2019

[QUOTE=BigStomps;19641717]I hope he gets away Scott Free... Fucc the IRS! They just some greedy bastards, ... 🤣[/QUOTE] YES!! As I was thinking it you were writing it. F U C K the IRS. And FDA, FINRA, SEC, FBI, DOJ et…

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