By Adam Godfrey: On the final weekend of May 2017 Great Britain gained a new World Champion, before promptly losing an established one. Hammersmith native George Groves finally won a World Title at the fourth attempt, defeating Russian Fedor Chudinov by 6th round TKO to clinch the vacant WBA Super-Middleweight strap. The belt was owned by Chudinov himself until 2016 whereupon he lost a controversial UD to German Felix Sturm; few had Sturm winning that fight, and accusations that Chudinov was robbed were well justified. Sturm would later fail a drugs test, further underlining the sense of injustice felt by the Russian’s team, again, justifiably so.
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #4 WBA George Groves (24-3, 18 KOs) won his third consecutive victory last Saturday night in defeating #10 WBC Martin Murray (34-4-1, 16 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 118 x3 in their WBA super middleweight eliminator bout at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Groves now will possibly face #1 WBA Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) for the WBA 168 Super belt if/when it’s stripped from Felix Sturm. Groves feels confident can beat any of the champions at super middleweight despite the fact that he’s failed on three previous occasions when challenging for world titles.
By Jim Dower: WBA World super middleweight champion Felix Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KOs) has reportedly tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol from his controversial 12 round majority decision win over Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) two months ago in their fight on February 20 at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, in Oberhausen, Germany.
The judges scored the fight 115-113 and 115-113 for Sturm, and 114-114. However, many boxing fans felt that Chudinov had done more than enough to deserve the victory over the German based Sturm. Unfortunately, the ending was controversial and was seen by a lot of fans as Sturm winning a hometown decision.
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov’s camp is reportedly complaining about the gloves that Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) was given for his title defense last Saturday night against home fighter Felix Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KOs) in their fight at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, in Oberhausen, Germany.
According to Fight News, Chudinov’s Grant gloves were shedding red paint during the fight. The paint seems to have stained Chudinov’s tape around his wrists red. You can also see the same red stain in Sturm’s hand wraps despite the fact that he had green gloves and started the fight with white tape. The tape turned to red. Sturm also used Grant gloves. It would be interesting to know if the gloves had been tested before in other fights or if this was a new design with a no red ink for the color of the gloves.
Both fighter’s gloves will be inspected to see if something was wrong.
By Scott Gilfoid: In a total robbery tonight, 37-year-old Felix Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KOs) defeated WBA World super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) by a highly controversial 12 round majority decision at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, in Oberhausen, Germany.
The final judges’ scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113.
I had Chudinov winning 9 rounds to 3. I thought Chudinov won rounds 3 to 11. I had Sturm winning rounds 1-2 & 12.
By Jim Dower: Former middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KOs) showed that he still has a little left in the tank in beating previously undefeated WBA Super World super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) by a close 12 round majority decision on Saturday night to win his WBA title at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, in Oberhausen, Germany.
The fight was very close affair with Chudinov outworking Sturm from the third round on. However, Sturm landed the cleaner shots in most of the rounds, and that was what the judges focused on. Chudinov appeared to out-land Sturm by a 3 to 1 margin on by punch stats, but Sturm landed the cleaner shots when he did land. Further, Sturm had the crowd cheering loudly each time he would land anything, and that might impressed the judges.
(Photo credit: Team Sturm) By Scott Gilfoid: 37-year-old Felix Sturm (39-5-3, 18 KOs) will get his shot at revenge tonight when he faces WBA World 168lb champion Fedor Chudinov (14-0, 10 KOs) in a rematch at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, in Oberhausen, Germany. Sturm lost a 12 round split decision nine months ago to Chudinov in May of 2015.
The World Boxing Association is letting Sturm get a rematch, even though it was a clear decision win by Chudinov the last time out. It should have been a unanimous decision win instead of a split decision, because there is no way on earth that Sturm deserved a victory in that fight because he was just taking punishment.