Sturm edges out Chudinov in rematch to win world title
Former four-time world middleweight champion Felix Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) by majority decision in their rematch to win the WBA super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Two judges scored the bout 115-113 in favour of Sturm, while the third scored it a 114-114 draw.
Each man exchanged punches throughout in 12 evenly matched rounds.
The defending champion Chudinov landed the harder shots but Sturm took them well and was landing the cleaner shots as the fight progressed.
However, Sturm started to tire and was outpunched for the majority of the later rounds. The challenger overcame a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt in the 10th and had a good 12th which made the difference on the scorecards.
Despite the win, the 37-year-old Sturm is considering his future in the ring after becoming the first German fighter to become a world champion for a fifth time.
"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, of Russia, who won their first bout by split decision for the vacant title last May, suffered his first professional defeat in his second world title defence but disagreed with the verdict.
"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."