DiBella Hints Sergio Martinez-Felix Sturm Bout
Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm were once the best middleweights in the planet but their paths never crossed. That may possibly change very soon, according to Martinez’ promoter Lou DiBella.
Fits the Bill
In a report by ringtv.com, DiBella said that they are considering Sturm as Martinez next opponent possibly “in the fall or early next year.” Although DiBella says that Martinez still has to undergo a medical check-up in September, he is confident that his ward will be given the green light to fight again.
Martinez had hinted about retirement after getting badly beaten by Miguel Cotto last June 7th but he has since changed his mind and has decided to continue with his boxing career at age 39. Last month, DiBella said that they were looking for a “credible opponent “to determine if Martinez still “has it in the tank” and Felix Sturm certainly fits that bill perfectly.
DiBella notes that both men are in similar stages of their boxing careers as they are “out of their prime and are in their mid-late 30’s”. He added that both also lost their world titles earlier this year. Sturm lost his IBF Middleweight title to Sam Soliman by unanimous decision one week before Sergio Martinez lost to Cotto.
The former four time middleweight world champion was “excited” to hear the possibility of finally sharing the ring with Sergio Martinez. He called it a “great option” and said that “if Martinez and his team are really serious about this, they can reach out to us.”
The 35 year old German once made 12 consecutive defenses of the WBA Middleweight belt from 2007-2012. Sturm held the WBA belt twice and won the WBO and IBF titles in separate stages of his career. In his most notable fight, Sturm lost via unanimous decision to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. He has a record of 39-4-2-1 with 18 knockouts.
Good for One More Fight?
Martinez, who is 51-3-2 with 28 knockouts, still has one fight left in his promotional contract with HBO and despite the loss to Miguel Cotto, the network is still behind the Argentinian ring icon.
Fighting Felix Strum would have been more meaningful if it happened a decade ago when they were still in their primes. But it’s now more important to Sergio Martinez than ever before because a win will put him right back in the middleweight division map while a loss will send him to the brink of retirement.
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