Fight Pick & Preview - Barker vs. Sturm:
Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KOs) makes his first defense of the IBF Middleweight title against Felix Sturm (38-3-2, 17 KOs) in Stuttgart, Germany on December 7th. Barker, 31 has agreed a career high purse to fight in Germany against veteran former champion Sturm, 34.
While facing Sturm in Germany hasn't been a smart career move for many a fighter who have been on the wrong end of questionable decisions, Matchroom, who represents Barker, have appointed neutral judges. In addition, they have inserted a rematch clause which would take place in London, if he does indeed lose a contentious decision.
Credit: Frank Coppi
Sturm has spent the lion’s share of his career fighting in Germany and Europe, only venturing to the USA once to fight Oscar De La Hoya in 2004, ironically coming up on the wrong end of a decision there against the house fighter, who was preparing for a fight against Bernard Hopkins.
He has faced a who's who of mid-tier mi...