By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 16 KOs) lost his belt in a suprising twelve round split decision to IBF champion Daniel Geale (28-1, 15 KOs) from Australia tonight at the KoenigPilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The WBA kingpin started off well, dicatating the action with his fast and sharp left jab while his IBF counterpart tried to find range with his attacks. While being the more aggressive fighter early on, Sturm was able to avoid exchanges at close range. Geale suffered a small cut during the second round.
Geale started off fast in the third but Sturm was able to avoid most of the shots. The German continued to work his jab and connected with counter right hands over the top, however, Geale connected with a straight right towards the end off the round that rocked Sturm a bit. The local hero recovered well, though, and landed some heavy shots shortly before the bell concluded the fourth. Geale uppered his pace in round five, a round, in which both fighters connected with good punches. The sixth was close as well, but Sturm established his jab again.
It was an intense battle throuh the first half of the bout. Both engaged at a high pace and threw lots of shots. The same pattern continued in the seventh, with Geale being the busier man while Sturm landed some good body shots. The eight was close again, but Sturm finished strong.
The WBA super champ boxed well in the ninth, picking off most of Geale’s shots and working his jab. Sturm landed a good counter left hook to start the tenth but Geale answered with a flurry. It was the German, however, who dictated most of the round.
The championship rounds started off with a close round eleven. Sturm did better in the early part, Geale came back in the middle and Sturm closed out strong. The twelvth and final round saw both fighters goe toe-to-toe in wild exchanges. Especially the final moments were action packed. Still, the final bell concluded the action and the matters were left into the hand of the judges. They scored the affair 116-112 Sturm and 116-112 Geale twice. FightNews had Sturm ahead, 115-113.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (30-2-1, 19 KOs) defeated journeyman Werner Kreiskott (12-19-1, 8 KOs) by seventh round technical knockout. Chagaev dominated the fight from the beginning, as his opponent, while tough, was no match for him. Kreiskott was down twice in the fifth and once in the seventh. It was Chagaev’s first fight under the Sturm Box-Promotion banner.
Nadia Raoui (15-1-1, 3 KOs) succesfully defended her WIBA world flyweight championship with a ten-round unanimous decision over tough challenger Samson Tor Buamas (26-3, 11 KOs).
Light middleweight knockout artist Mike Keta (12-2, 11 KOs) had little trouble dispatching Aliaksei Volchan (19-15-2, 12 KOs). Keta dominated the bout en route to a second round knockout.
Jr middleweight Maurice Weber (15-1-1, 4 KOs), a close friend of Felix Sturm, scored a third round technical knockout over Andrei Dolhozhyieu (3-3-1, 3 KOs).
Unbeaten super middleweight Mauricio Reynosa (14-0-1, 11 KOs) decisioned Uladzimir Kharkevich (1-1. 1 KO) over six tough rounds.
Light heavyweight Patrick Dobroshi (12-1-3, 3 KOs) opened the night with a quick and devastating first round knockout over Maxim Maximov (3-4-1, 3 KOs).