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Felix Sturm retained the WBA middleweight title on Friday night after fellow German Sebastian Zbik retired before the 10th round at the Lanxess Arena.
Zbik made the better start but appeared to tire midway through the bout, as the defending champion looked fresher despite taking some heavy blows.
Sturm had Zbik clearly troubled at the end of the ninth round, with American referee Raul Caiz Sr. asking the challenger if he could continue.
Though the 30-year-old Zbik insisted that he could, his corner felt otherwise and Caiz ended the fight before the next round could start.
The 33-year-old Sturm successfully defended his title for the 12th time and improved his record to 37-2-2 with 16 knockouts. Zbik drops to 30-2 (10 KOs).
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WBA middleweight titlist, Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs) made the 12th consecutive defense of his title, beating former WBC middleweight titlist, Sebastian Zbik (30-2, 10 KOs) via RTD 9.
Sturm, now 14-2-2 in three separate reigns as a world titlist, took little over a round to decipher the stiff, predictable style of his opponent and then assumed full control by the third round.
Felix Sturm (37-2-2) retained his middleweight title with an impressive win over Sebastian Zbik (30-2) when Zbik’s corner threw in the towel at the conclusion of the 9th round. The opening rounds saw some decent back-and-forth with Sturm playing tight defense and working behind the jab while Zbik was more aggressive with combinations and some nice right hands down the middle. From...
There were several big cards last night for fight fans to enjoy, including ESPN's Friday Night Fights, headlined by the Michael Katsidis vs. Albert Mensah fight. Mensah upset the combeacking Katsidis and won a majority decision in their 10 round clash. In Germany, Felix Sturm defended his title against Sebastian Zbik. Take a look at the results round-up right here.