By Karl Freitag and Alexey Sukachev
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (33-1, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title against European champion Khoren Gevor (30-4, 16 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision on Saturday night at the Ring Arena/Nürburgring Racetrack, Nürburg, Germany. Gevor applied great pressure early, keeping the fight at close quarters for much of the fight. Both fighters landed good blows. Gevor’s punches came in greater abundance, but many were picked off by Sturm’s defense. Sturm landed the cleaner shots down the stretch. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111.
Unbeaten WBC #2 middleweight Sebastian Zbik (27-0, 10 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC interim middleweight championship with a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Domenico Spada (29-2, 14 KOs). The fight was closely contested throughout, although Spada closed stronger. Scores were 115-114 three times.
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Unbeaten middlweight contender Gennady Golovkin scored a second round TKO over Brazilian John Anderson Carvalho. Golovkin is now 17-0, 14 KOs and he has also acquired the vacant WBO Intercontinental middleweight belt. Carvalho, who was down in round two, dropped to 19-4, with 11 KOs. Golovkin is ranked #3 by the WBC/WBA and he is also the fourth-ranked boxer in the WBO rating.
Polish light heavyweight Grzegorz Soszynski (16-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a convincing eight-round unanimous decision over journeyman Karim Bennama (17-13-2, 4 KOs) of France. Both fighters delivered the best in them, but the Pole was just a bit more active and a little bit more precise than his French counterpart.
250lb Romanian heavyweight Christian Hammer, competing now in Germany, moved to 3-1, with 2 KOs, after the second-round TKO of Latvian trialhorse Jevgenijs Stamburskis (5-22, 1 KO). The fight was stopped after a powerful series by the local fighter.