Sturm vs. Cintron on September 4th?
By Eric Thomas: In the latest boxing news, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (33-2-1, 14 KO’s) could be facing former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KO’s) in a fight that could be taking place on September 4th at a still to be determined location. Although Cintron, 30, looked horrible in diving through the ropes in his 4th round technical decision defeat to Paul Williams in May.
Cintron still remains one of the best options that Sturm has at this point, and is certainly better than most of the lackluster, obscure fighters that Sturm has defended his WBA middleweight title against over the years.
Sturm is a good fighter, but how good he isn’t really known because he’s not faced any fighters that you would consider to be really good. We do know that Sturm has struggled against fighters like Javier Castillejo, Randy Griffin and Khoren Gevor over the past four years.
Those are fighters that you should be able to beat without too many problems if you have a lot of talent. Cintron, however, hasn’t looked dominating in the past two years, as he was stopped for the second time to Antonio Margarito in April 2008.
In February 2009, Cintron fought to a 12 round majority draw with Sergio Martinez, even though Cintron appeared to be knocked out in that fight after getting dropped by a big left hand earlier in the fight.
Even with the referee screwing that one up by allowing Cintron to successfully plead that he was dropped by a head butt and not a punch, Martinez still should won the fight. However, the referee took a point away Martinez in the 12th due to excessive holding.
However, Martinez never even warned before that about holding, and penalizations of that type usually only come about after a series of warnings have been given previously. And most recently, Cintron fell or jumped, whatever you want to call it, in his fight against Paul Williams in May. Cintron does have a good 12 round decision win over light middleweight Alfredo Angulo in May of last year.
Cintron has good boxing skills when he wants to use them. If he decided he was going to try and box with Sturm for 12 rounds in an effort to try and win a decision, I think Cintron would have a good chance of getting the victory. However, if he goes out slugging and tries to run over Sturm, then it may not go well for Cintron because Sturm will pick him apart with his jab, which is one of the best in boxing.
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