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Felix Sturm vacates title due to injury

Sturm is currently embroiled in a doping scandal.

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Felix Sturm won’t get to defend the WBA "Super" Super Middleweight title he "won" from Fedor Chudinov earlier this year. The German-born Bosnian today confirmed that he has vacated his title due to an arm injury.

Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KO) may be playing the spin game, as he is currently under investigation for doping following a positive test for stanozolol. His B-sample is set to be tested on October 12th, one week from today.

He seems rather confident that he’ll be exonerated.

This would be a golden opportunity for the WBA to dispose of the "Super" belt as part of their belt-culling project, but we're probably going to see a fight for it. On paper, the likeliest candidate to face Chudinov for the vacant title is WBA number-three-ranked George Groves. Regular champion Giovanni De Carolis is booked to rematch number-six Tyron Zeuge in November, while number-two Stanislav Kashtanov and number-four Patrick Nielsen have yet to defeat a world-class opponent.

Early picks for Chudinov vs. Groves, anyone?

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