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Sturm backs Martinez over Cotto, open to future unification

Phil Jay 26/05/2014

IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm believes that Sergio Martinez will have too much pace and power for Miguel Cotto on June 7 when the two highly-ranked fighters collide at Madison Square Garden.

Sturm, 35, is currently finishing off preparations for his own title defence against old rival Sam Soliman on May 31 and sees Martinez keeping a tight hold of the WBC belt in the Argentines possession one week later.

“It’s an intriguing fight,” Sturm told World Boxing News.

“Both are great, great fighters, but I think Martinez is too big, too strong, and in certain ways too fast for Cotto and I see him winning inside the distance.

“That is the way I see it, but only if he is injury free. If not, Cotto will make it a hell of a night for him.”

German-native Sturm has not fought outside his home country since an ill-fated and controversial points defeat to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004, but the three-time world title holder would be interested in facing whoever eventually comes out on top next month.

“I’d be open to fight either one of those guys as a unification is always great,” said Sturm.

“Both are very talented fighters, but I believe I could beat either one of them to be honest – if a fight could ever be made.”

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