Entering the first title unification match of his career—despite being WBA World middleweight champion for over five years—Sturm has gone on record as stating that he’s viewing the upcoming bout with Australia’s Daniel Geale as the biggest of his career. Although that may seem like an overstatement for a man who fought a very game, albeit post-prime, Oscar De La Hoya, it would a very appropriate statement to make about Geale. The 31-year-old holder of the IBF middleweight strap is taking a well-calculated risk in facing Sturm. A victory would undoubtedly be the biggest of his career and would immediately launch Geale into the spotlight and potential higher profile bouts as well.
When: September 1, 2012
Where: Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordhein-Westfalen, Germany
The Pugs and The Prize
Felix “Leonidas” Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs)
ProBoxing-Fans.com’s #7 Ranked Middleweight
Height: 5’11 ½
Fighting out of: Cologne, Nordhein-Westfalen, Germany