Felix Sturm won his fifth world title today, but not without a lot of controversy. The 37-year-old added the WBA super middleweight title to his collection with a stunning, robbery-level majority decision win over Fedor Chudinov today in Oberhausen, Germany.
Sturm won on scores of 114-114, 115-113, and 115-113. BLH had the fight 117-111 for Chudinov, who won their first fight last May, also in Germany, on split decision scores, with the card that night for Sturm also bogus. This rematch was ordered by the WBA for no particularly good reason in the first place, as there was no controversy from the first fight, and Sturm hadn't fought again after.
By CompuBox numbers, the fight really wasn't close, with Chudinov widely outlanding and outworking Sturm:
Final Stats: Chudinov: 297/1022 (29%) Sturm 184/605 (30%). Sturm was more efficient with power shots landing 41%, but was outlanded 226-143— CompuBox (@CompuBox) February 20, 2016
Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KO) looked his age, fading over the course of the fight, as he did last time. He was valiant in this one, for sure -- he took a lot of punches, tried his best to keep pace with a younger, fresher fighter, and fought hard through the final bell, even winning the 12th round with a gutsy attack.
But he did not win this fight. He just didn't. And when the arguments in any soft defense of the scoring come down to, "Well, maybe Chudinov, who outlanded sturm 226-143 and threw over 400 more punches, didn't assert himself enough," then that's just bunk. It's searching for reason. There is no logic. It is boxing.