Sturm retains middleweight title with unanimous decision over Alcoba

7/1/2007 - Boxing

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.