By Karl Freitag
In a career best performance, former WBA and WBO champion Felix Sturm (38-3-2, 17 KOs) scored a second round TKO to dethrone IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KOs) and regain a share of the world championship on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Sturm got off to a fast start landing many clean shots against Barker in round one. Sturm dropped Barker twice in round two and the bout was waved off by referee Mark Nelson after a series of unanswered right hands. Time was 2:09.
In his previous fight, Sturm let Sam Soliman off the hook after an early knockdown. He didn’t make that mistake thsi time as he unleashed everything when he had Barker hurt. Sturm is now a four-time middleweight champion. Barker does have a rematch clause and Sturm stated he would be willing to face Barker in England in the return bout. Felix rated this as his second best performance after his fight with Oscar.