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Sturm regains WBA title with clear win against Castillejo

Sturm regains WBA title with clear win against Castillejo

Felix Sturm regained the WBA middleweight boxing title with a unanimous decision against Spanish veteran Javier Castillejo on Saturday.
Sturm avenged being stopped by Castillejo nine months ago in the 10th round and losing the WBA belt.
The German (27-2, 12 KOs) won his third title, having lost the WBO belt to Oscar De La Hoya on a disputed decision in 2004.
Unlike the first fight against Castillejo, Sturm didn't let this bout turn into a brawl after leading on the cards. He was stunned by a shot to the liver in their first fight, then stopped by a series of uppercuts.
"I think I showed I learned from my mistake _ it's better to fight with your head," Sturm said. "I think I can stay champion a long time this time."
The judges ruled the fight 116-112, 115-114 and 116-112.
Castillejo (62-7 with 41 knockouts) chased Sturm the whole fight, throwing desperate flurries to the final seconds in a finish that brought 5,000 spectators to their feet. But even when he forced the close-in fight he wanted, he couldn't penetrate Sturm's defense or prevent getting tagged by the German's quick hands.
Sturm had been considered a coming fighter after the De La Hoya performance, but the loss against Castillejo tarnished his image.
"You can learn more from a loss like that in all my 26 wins before," Sturm said.


Updated : 2020-12-05 08:12 GMT+08:00