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Sturm faces Zbik on Friday; Escobedo back in action on 5/12

Felix Sturm Sebastian Zbik Vicente EscobedoBy Allan Fox: Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10 KO’s) wants to win another title at middleweight and he’ll be going after the WBA title belonging to champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KO’s) on Friday the 13th the Lanxess-Arena, in Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Sturm,33, is long overdo for another loss, as he hasn’t tasted defeat in the past six years since losing by a 10th round knockout to Javier Castillejo in July 2006. Sturm could have lost another five of his bouts during the last six years, but he’s a difficult fighter to beat by a decision.

Zbik has got really good talent, but he’s missing power and size. It was the size that was his undoing in his last fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when Zbik was beaten by the 180 pound Chavez Jr. while weighing little over 160 himself. Zbik and Sturm will be a technical battle, because Sturm can’t punch either. He’s more of a jabber, who throws combinations from to time in the in the same way that Arthur Abraham does by saving everything until the last part of the round before finally unloading.

Zbik is a real threat to Sturm because of his good skills and his ability to put pressure on his opponents. Zbik will have to fight extra hard for him to gt the decision, however, because Sturm is very hard to beat because he does little things like blocking punches and using his jab. Even when his opponent is throwing a lot of shots, he’s still able to get over due to his blocking punches. Zbik will have to use his own jab and keep firing in order to try and impress the judges enough to get the decision.


Vicente Escobedo a possibility for May 12th

Super featherweight contender Vicente Escobedo (25-3, 15 KO’s) will reportedly be back in action on May 12th, according to The 30-year-old Escobedo last fought in March, stopping Lonnie Smith in the 1st round in an impressive performance. There’s no mention of who Escobedo might be fighting but it’s hoped that he takes on someone good. Escobedo has won three straight fights against Walter Estrada, Rocky Juarez and Smith since losing fights to Robert Guerrero and Michael Katsidis. Escobedo, #12 IBF, has good skills but he seems to be missing something that is needed for him to get to the next level. He perhaps need a bit more power for him to become a factor in the super featherweight division.

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