Felix Sturm (40-5-3, 18KOs) won the WBA super middleweight title with a majority decision victory over Russia’s Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10KOs) in Oberhausen, Germany.
Both fighters started the fight well and the opening stanza was one that could have been scored for either fighter.
Sturm proved to be slightly more accurate in the opening rounds, landing cleaner, more effective power shots than Chudinov.
What followed, however, was a game of swings and roundabouts.
In the sixth, Chudinov started to get the better of a seemingly gassed Sturm. However, Sturm still had a lot left to give and came back to control both the seventh and eighth rounds. Chudinov then took back the reins for the ninth and tenth rounds before handing them back to the challenger for the final two rounds.
CompuBox statistics showed that Chudinov landed 29.1% of his 1022 punches thrown with Sturm landing 30.4% from 604 thrown. Sturm also led in terms of power punches, landing 41% of 349 thrown, compared to Chudinov’s 32.4% from 698 thrown.
It’s worth noting that all three judges scored the bout 95-95 at the end of the 10th and the final two “championship” rounds essentially decided the fight.
At the end of the contest, Judge Ignacio Robles scored the bout a draw, 114-114, whilst judges Jean-Louis Leglande and Giuseppe Quartarone both scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Sturm.
Sturm, now a five-time world champion, indicated that may have been his last fight “Perhaps that was my last bout today. There was huge pressure. I’ll give it a bit of time. We want to come down from this first,” said Sturm. “All in all, it was a nice way to sign off if that was it.”
Chudinov, whilst respectful of his opponent, questioned the result. “Felix fought very well, very hard,” said Chudinov. “There were a few clashes of heads, sometimes Felix’s fault, sometimes mine. But I’m not in agreement with the decision.”