Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/29/14

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 11: Felix Sturm of Germany wins after 12 rounds the WBA Middleweight World Championship fight between Felix Sturm of Germany and Maselino Masoe of New Zealand at the Color Line Arena on March 11, 2006 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Felix Sturm retained the WBA middleweight title, fighting to a draw with British challenger Martin Murray at the SAP Arena on Friday night. After an exciting fight to the end, judge Jean-Francois Toupin scored it 116-112 for the defending champion, Ted Gimza had it 115-113 for Murray, and Pasquale Procopio ruled it even at 114-114. ''I had the clearer punches in a spectacular fight,'' said Sturm, who raised his arms after the final bell. ''It's very hard to understand. I didn't hide like a tortoise. I don't think that's enough to win a title.'' Sturm, a German of Bosnian parentage, successfully defended his title for the 11th time, and said he hopes for a rematch against Murray. ''He was underestimated by many but not by us,'' Sturm's coach Fritz Sdunek said. The 29-year-old Murray, the reigning British, Commonwealth and intercontinental champion, had Sturm shaken in the eight round, but the 32-year-old champion used his superior experience to recover. The final bell may have ...
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