Sturm Has Points to Prove
Boxing Preview: Sturm vs. Zbik
April 12 – This Friday Germany’s WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2) will defend his title for a twelfth time against fellow countryman Sebastian Zbik (30-1-0) at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.
30-year old Zbik is a former interim WBC champion who boasts an impressive record of 30 wins and just 1 defeat. Only the top ranked Mexican, WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Junior managed to narrowly beat Zbik by mixed decision in Los Angeles in June last year. That was the last time Zbik pulled on the gloves for a professional bout so he’ll be eager to blow away the cobwebs after his long rest.
Sturm is confident of retaining the belt he won by beating Javier Castillejo at the second attempt back in April 2007. His most recent defences of middleweight title have been very close matches at the hands of two Brits, Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray.
In June last year Macklin took the champion the distance and despite many people believing he had done enough to win the fight, the British-born fighter lost it by split decision. When Murray took him on last December, he too went the full 12 rounds but with the judges unable to choose between them, a draw was the final outcome.
Not many people are expecting Zbik to win despite his talk of “pulverizing” the champion. Sturm only has to keep moving, stay out of trouble and jab his way to another points win. As long as he’s in shape and is ready for 12 rounds it should be a comfortable evening for the Leverkusener but you never know, if Zbik can surprise his aging opponent and rattle him early on then we could have a new champion emerge.