Sturm moving up in weight, agrees to Stieglitz catchweight clash

Phil Jay 18/09/2014

Four-time middleweight world champion Felix Sturm is set to face German rival and ex-WBO super-middleweight title holder Robert Stieglitz on November 8.

The 35 year-old has been on the lookout for a new challenge since losing his IBF belt to Sam Soliman earlier this year and will head above his long-time limit for the first time against Stieglitz.

Sturm has hit just over 159lbs for his entire career in a solid showing of professionalism, but will now meet Stieglitz at around 164lbs in order to tentatively dip his toes into the super-middleweight division.

According to early reports in Germany, the winner is in line to meet the victor of the upcoming WBO 168lbs clash between Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith, which takes place in Kiel on September 27.

An official announcement is expected to be made on Friday to confirm more details of the contest as Sturm begins a new chapter in his bid to win a fifth world title in a second weight division before retiring.

Stieglitz, 33, last fought in July when defeating Sergey Khomitsky via TKO in Dessau and will now head to the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart in two months’ time as he aims to set-up a fourth meeting with old foe Abraham in 2015.

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