Sturm looking to cement his legacy against Geale
By Jason Kim: WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KO’s) will be looking to take another step towards cementing his legacy as being one of the best middleweight champions of all time as he looks to unify the world titles against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KO’s) on September 1st at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The 33-year-old Sturm has defended his World Boxing Association title 12 times since winning it in April 2007 with a 12 round decision win over Spaniard Javier Castillejo. It’s hard to imagine that Sturm, one of boxing’s current longest reigning champion, has been able to keep his WBA title for this long because it looked like at the time that Sturm would quickly lose it against the first tough opponent that he’d face.
However, Sturm didn’t have to worry much because the WBA never ranked any real dangerous opponents for Sturm all these year until recently when he struggled to beat Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray in close fights. Now, Sturm has one of the most dangerous of fights coming up in the near future if he doesn’t vacate his title first and that’s against WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. That’s going to be a really tough fight for Sturm should he agree to face Golovkin, because this is the biggest puncher that Sturm will have faced during his long career.
Geale, 31, has a great chance of beating Sturm if he can pour it on and force him to fight. The judges aren’t going to give Geale the decision unless he really proves that he’s the better fighter beyond a shadow of the doubt because the fight will be taking place in Germany where Sturm lives, and he’s been unbeatable while fighting there thus far. Geale has looked good in beating the likes of Osumanu Adama, Eromosele Albert and Sebastian Sylvester in his last three fights, but he’s going to have to step it up a notch offensively if he wants to beat Sturm.
Geale won’t be able to fight in his usual pattern of staying on the outside and trying to win that way. If he fights like that, Sturm will jab him to pieces because he’s got a much better jab and is the far superior boxer of the two of them.
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