Sturm vs. Murray on 12/2: Another easy title defense for Felix
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-1, 15 KO’s) faces #3 ranked World Boxing Association challenger Martin Murray (23-0, 10 KO’s) on December 2nd at the SAP=Arena in Mannheim, Germany.
This will be another one of Sturm’s easy title defenses that he’s come to be known by. Although he did struggle for the first six rounds in his last fight against Matthew Macklin last June, Sturm came on strong in the second half to dominate the fading Macklin.
That was Sturm’s toughest fight in many years since he struggled to beat Randy Griffin in two fights in 2007 and 2008. It’s sad to say that Sturm has had so many easy title defenses against pitifully weak opposition but it’s true. One would hope that Murray might be good enough to change things up and pull off an upset. However, I seriously doubt it.
I’ve seen the 29-year-old Murray fight on at least six occasions and he just doesn’t have the power, hand speed or the boxing ability to compete with the likes of Sturm. I see this as another easy win for Sturm. If I were Murray, I’d work on my jab and try and find some power somewhere, because he’s going to be trounced unless he can punch his way out of a wet paper bag on December 2nd.
My prediction is Sturm by a lopsided 12 round decision, but I’m pulling for Murray in this fight. He needs to fight a lot better than he has in his 23 previous fights at the pro level. I don’t think he’s capable of fighting on high enough level for him to beat Sturm unfortunately.
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