Sturm warns Geale on Soliman talks, wants to rematch the winner
Two-weight world champion Felix Sturm has vowed to be back in the ring soon following back-to-back losses and still harbours hopes of winning a fourth world championship upon his return.
The 34 year-old, who made twelve defences of the WBA middleweight belt until defeat by Daniel Geale last year, is currently plotting a revenge mission against the Aussie and also believes he did enough to secure victory last time out against Geale’s compatriot Sam Soliman.
“I still feel that I won the fight (against Soliman) but nevertheless, I fought a bad fight,” Sturm told World Boxing News.
“It was one of the worst of my career. But with the knockdown in the second, although I missed out on finishing Sam, I still believe I sealed the deal. It’s not my job to judge the fight and I have no excuses. I do know though, that I will be back – strong.”
Geale, 32, unified the 160lb titles when scoring a split decision victory over Sturm in September and the German then missed out on an immediate rematch when Soliman was handed a close unanimous win in February.
WBN scored both those defeats in favour of Sturm at the time and the seasoned former title holder is now ready to get back to winning ways before focusing of a meeting with the winner of Geale v Soliman if the two can agree terms.
“If the opportunity presents itself, I’d surely want a rematch,” said Sturm.
“But they have to do their fight first and I advise Geale and his team to put every little thing in their contract. Before our fight, Team Soliman did everything they could to harass us.
“They behaved unprofessionally like I’ve never seen before. This has nothing to do with Sam, though, who is a great champion and not at fault for his team’s actions,” he added.
Sturm is currently taking some vacation time before considering his next opponent and will look to secure a world title challenge with one of the five main champions as soon as possible.