Sturm retains middleweight title with unanimous decision over Alcoba

Updated: July 1, 2007, 8:53 AM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- Felix Sturm retained his WBA middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba on Saturday.

The German dominated the 12-round fight and raised his record to 28-2 with 12 knockouts. He was fighting only two months after regaining the title by beating Javier Castillejo, also on points.

The judges scored the fight 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112.

"It was amazing what he took and still kept coming at me. He deserves great respect," Sturm said.

Alcoba, a Uruguayan based in Argentina, lost his first fight after 14 wins, seven by KO.

Alcoba kept coming forward, trying to shake the champion with body blows. But Sturm blocked the punches with his arms and hands, rarely giving Alcoba an opening and countering with left and right hooks and crosses.

Alcoba caught Sturm with a right late in the seventh round, but the champion never wavered.

The fight never changed -- Alcoba came forward relentlessly only to have his head snapped back by Sturm's quick punches.

By the 10th round, Alcoba began to tire, dropping his hands and giving Sturm a bigger target.

Alcoba's right eye began to swell in the 11th.

In the final round, Alcoba erupted with a last flurry. Sturm countered at will to hit the challenger, but Alcoba stayed upright and finished on his feet.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press