Robert Stieglitz and Felix Sturm will face off in a super middleweight tilt November 8th at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.
No belts will be on the line and neither is vying for any kind of mandatory status. This is just an old-fashioned turf war and for that—if for no other reason—it's a fun fight to be made.
Update: Rafael is reporting this fight will be held at a catchweight of 166 pounds.
Sturm turned pro way back in January of 2001 and—amazingly—has fought just three times outside of his native Germany: once in Hungary, once in Croatia, and most notably in Las Vegas when he took on Oscar de la Hoya. The fight took place on PPV with Bernard Hopkins in the co-feature. The plan was for the Golden Boy to take Sturm's belt and move on to a unification with Hopkins. In keeping to plan, De la Hoya was awarded a highly controversial UD to preserve his fight with Hopkins, and Sturm went home to Germany empty-handed.
Stieglitz has also stayed close to home with just a handful of his fights outside of Germany. He was most recently in the US in 2008 when he was TKO'd in eight by Librado Andrade.
Where were we? Oh yes, 2014.
In Sturm's most recent fight, he lost a belt by UD to Sam Soliman. Stieglitz recently KO'd Sergey Khomitsky following a loss to Arthur Abraham in their third fight.
Are you looking forward to this battle for Germany, or is this more of an inside joke?