Pirog Highly Doubts Felix Sturm is Serious About Fighting

By Ruslan Chikov

In an earlier article on, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs) discussed his willingness to stage a unification bout with WBO beltholder Dmitry Pirog (19-0, 15KOs). Pirog is scheduled to return on May 1 in Russia against Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan. Should Pirog win, he is possibly going to face IBF champion Daniel Geale on an August date in the United States.

Pirog highly doubts Sturm's eagerness to stage a unification. He says the German superstar is only trying to make false headlines.

"Those [words from Sturm are] for the public, nothing more. The German is certainly aware of our negotiations with Geale, so he's bluffing. Most likely, Sturm is trying to earn points with his audience. I am 100% convinced that a unification bout with Felix will not take place in the foreseeable future - in Moscow or any other place - because of his failure. I am skeptical about any statement from Sturm regarding this fight," Pirog said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jack Napier on 04-22-2012

he probably isn't the guy's been protecting his neck for a while now too bad Martinez took care of Macklin instead of a rematch with Sturm as others noted, still no Golovkin fight Pirog can't catch a break wish Martinez…

Comment by giacomino on 04-22-2012

[QUOTE=Galeke;12030378]Sturm will be stripped by WBA if he fights next someone other than GGG.[/QUOTE] Do you mean the way the WBC will strip Chavez Jr. for ducking Martinez? Golovkin has been the mandatory for 2 years and nothing has happened…

Comment by Tmann400 on 04-22-2012

I've just never understood the way Sturm and his management have gone abut things in his career. He got a huge fight with Oscar way back in the day, which most felt he won even though he didn't get the…

Comment by Galeke on 04-22-2012

Sturm will be stripped by WBA if he fights next someone other than GGG.

Comment by grutsch on 04-22-2012

I too do not belvieve Sturm. I believe it when I see it - and I probably won't.

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