Today at 2:30 p.m. EDT, Bad Left Hook's coverage of Felix Sturm vs Sebastian Zbik in Germany will go live via BoxNation in the UK. Germany's Sat.1 also has television coverage of the event.
The main event is a 12-round bout for Sturm's WBA middleweight title, his 12th defense of the title he regained from Javier Castillejo in 2007. In title defenses thus far on this run with the belt, Sturm has gone 9-0-2, but last year struggled in a controversial win over Matthew Macklin, as well as a draw with Martin Murray. At 33 years of age, he carries a career mark of 36-2-2 (15 KO).
Zbik, 30, is 30-1 (10 KO) for his career, but has never really been as good as his soft record. He has not fought since a close loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr last June, which was the HBO debut for both fighters, and almost certainly the last time Zbik will ever fight on America's top boxing network. If Sturm has really slipped, Zbik could give him a good run for his money today, but it will have to be that Sturm has slipped. Zbik is not a puncher, is not a good pressure fighter, and really is sort of a Sturm Lite -- the only way he should be able to beat Felix Sturm is if Sturm is really past it.
The main co-feature is a 10-round heavyweight bout between Denis Boytsov (30-0, 25 KO) and Dominick Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KO). Join us for some afternoon boxing!