WBO middleweight titleholder Dmitry Pirog says he's ready to face WBA titlist Felix Sturm any time and anywhere, and that includes a trip to Sturm's native Germany, despite the reputation of German scoring and officiating:
[T]here is the possibility to organize a fight between us, although he had previously tried to ignore me. I hope this fight doesn't just stay at the level of conversation, because I'm ready to act - even in Germany. If Sturm decides to fight me, I'm ready to sign the contract tomorrow. It's important for me to have this fight happen."
I had previously suspected as a gut feeling that Pirog (19-0, 15 KO) wasn't rushing to take trip to Germany to face Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KO), because there's been no indication from Pirog's team that they're looking to travel unless it's for really big money, and Sturm offers, well, decent money, but I wasn't sure if that was enough for the risk, especially with the feeling and stereotype that Sturm opponents get jobbed in Germany.
And I still say wait until anything actually happens, because there is no cheaper talk anywhere on the planet than the talk that occurs in boxing, but this is a good sign. It's a good fight -- one that I think all of us would like to see.
Sturm is set to return on April 13 in Germany, but no opponent has been named. The WBA is reportedly pushing for Sturm vs Gennady Golovkin, which would also be more than acceptable.