Former Two-Division Champion Felix Sturm Returns December 19

Felix Sturm
Felix Sturm

At the age of 41, former two-division champion Felix Sturm is returning to the ring!

Following almost five solid years of inactivity, former two-division world champion Felix “The Fighter” Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KO’s) is set to make his return to boxing. On December 19, Sturm will face the challenge of the undefeated German boxer Timo Rost (10-0-2, 3 KO’s). When the two collide, Strum will be just a couple short months away from his 42nd birthday. Therefore, it will be very interesting to see what type of condition he is in for this return bout.

By far, Sturm’s most notorious bout came against Oscar “Golden Boy” de la Hoya (39-6, 30 KO’s) back in 2004. After trading leather with the Golden Boy for twelve rounds, Sturm lost by way of a controversial unanimous decision. That bout was his first and only prizefight contested in the United States. Due to this reason, the German, and many others, believe that politics were what lead to de la Hoya getting the win.

While his next opponent, Rost, is undefeated, he is also untested. Of his twelve professional fights, eleven of them were contested in his native Germany. And none of his competition has been anywhere near the world level. In fact, his last four opponents have a combined record of (62-59-5). Yet, given the amount of time that he has been away, and his age, perhaps this is just the type of challenger Sturm should return against!

By: Bakari Simpson

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