Felix Sturm got the better of former stablemate Sebastian Zbik on Friday night in Cologne, Germany, and retained his WBA middleweight crown.
Sturm had his hand raised after the Zbik corner stopped the clash after nine rounds completed. Sturm, age 33, rises to 37-2-2. He has held a version of a WBA strap since 2006. Maybe now he'll seek out the best of breed at 160, and call out Sergio Martinez, Dmitriy Pirog, Gennady Golovkin, and Julio Cesar Chavez. Universum boxer Zbik, age 30, dropped to 30-2.