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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.
Also, Stipe Drews became the first world champion from Croatia when he took the WBA light heavyweight title from Italy's Silvio Branco with a unanimous decision.
Sturm (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, the German 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.
Drews (32-1, 13 KOs) used his superior conditioning to take the final three rounds from Branco, and received judges' scores of 116-113, 116-112 and 115-113.
He also beat Branco (55-9-2, 34 KOs) in a fight for the European title three years ago.
Drews, known as "Spiderman" for his height, took control with some straight lefts in the fourth round, then ran into trouble in the sixth when Branco finally got in close enough to rock him several times.
"The sixth and seventh round were very hard _ after the eighth round his conditioning went down," Drews said.
In a wild eighth, Drews ended up bleeding from the nose and Branco from a cut above the right eye.


Updated : 2020-12-02 22:10 GMT+08:00