Cologne, Germany – After what a seemingly lackluster performance for a title defense, WBA middleweight champion Felix “Leonidas” Sturm (36-2-1, 15 KOs) of Germany successfully fends off title challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29-3, 19 KOs) of Ireland in his 10th title defense. However, in this writer’s novice opinion, Macklin deserved the victory and suffered an obvious hometown decision.
From the get go, it was Macklin who dictated the pace of the bout, punishing the champion with everything he got from his arsenal, while Sturm covered in defense in most part of the 12-round event. Although the WBA champion had his moments, including a final 10-second flurry in the last round which brought all the audience to its feet, it was Macklin’s fight from start to finish.
What is riveting though was that all three judges were Latinos. One scored the bout for Macklin (115-113) while two favored Sturm(116-112). While it was a close fight, there was no way for Sturm to win the match, leave alone win on such a wide margin.
“I am going to give him a rematch,” Sturm said in a post fight interview.
“I was very strong, stronger than him and I won. Some of the rounds were touch and go but I was winning them on workrate alone,} said a stunned Macklin.
As the old boxing people would say, “when you’re fighting the hometown hero, don’t leave it to the judges.” But even with such adage withstanding, Macklin should have won that match.A rematch should be in order. But an impartial venue is a clear imperative.
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