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Oscar De La Hoya now at middleweight faces new WBO champion Felix Sturm.
Felix Sturm vs. Oscar De La Hoya
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Oscar De La Hoya 160 lbs beat Felix Sturm 160 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
Total Punches Sturm De La Hoya Landed 234 188 Thrown 541 792 Pct. 43% 24%
- Date: 2004-06-05
- Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Vic Drakulich
- Judge: Mike Glienna 115-113
- Judge: Dave Moretti 115-113
- Judge: Paul Smith 115-113
- World Boxing Organization Middleweight Title (2nd defense of Sturm)
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View
- Harold Lederman of HBO scored the bout 115-113 for Sturm.
- Sturm's promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl, filed a protest with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the scoring of the fight.
- Marc Ratner, the commission's executive director, turned the protest down – stating there was no basis for such a protest.
- The fight generated 380,000 pay-per-view buys and $19 million in pay-per-view revenue.
- HBO commentators Jim Lampley and Roy Jones, Jr. both felt Sturm had clearly won, while unofficial scorer Harold Lederman also had Sturm the winner with the score of 115–113, scoring six of the last seven rounds for Sturm. Though the winner, De La Hoya expressed disappointment, saying of his performance, "Everything went wrong tonight". Sturm, who felt that De La Hoya had been gifted the decision due to his popularity and to preserve the lucrative De La Hoya–Hopkins fight, said "I know Oscar is a big name here and a great champion, but tonight, I think the whole world saw who was the better fighter
Felix Sturm is a stage name that mean Lucky Storm, didn't know that
1. 9-10 Oscar. Big effort from Oscar, working the body hard, lots of shots, lots of power. He looked tired at the end of that 3 and worryingly for him Felix seemed to take it and landing stiff left hands
2. 9-10 Oscar, probably still deserves it for the output and body work. But Felix is accurate and efficient with that lead hand particularly the jab. And it's amn effective scoring shot
3. 10-9 Sturm. Oscar pecking away with the jab early and working the body, takes the early part of the round but Sturm gets closer, scores the right hook inside and his shots knock Oscar back, even with the jab. More effective punching from Felix to nick this
4. 9-10 Oscar. He just stole that round in the dying seconds. Oscar impressed with his activity through out but a lot of nothing punches around Felix elbows and jabs designed to repel the advances of the bigger man. Felix more accurate and authoratative with his shots. Oscar threw two good flurries late to nick what was a bit of a pick em round up to that point
5. 9-10 Oscar. He is boxing well here, good variety on his shots but it feels as though he's swinging 'bigger' shots, without them being as hard as what comes back. Felix catches him a short left hook that shows he's the naturally heavier handed fighter. 160 looking a step too far for Oscar to carry his power
6. 10-9 Sturm. Oscar concentrating upstairs now and finding the Sturm guard to be a very hard defence to penetrate, especially when he flicks the jab. Sturm looking good when he lets his hands go still, lands that short left hook a few times as well as getting through with the right straight and uppercut. Not emphatic as Sturm could still do more but he won this round
7. 10-9 Sturm. Interesting they are both listed as having a 73" reach, as Sturms jab looks far longer, Oscar doesn't fully extend throwing against Sturms gloves, then Sturm reaches out with a long accurate jab that effortlessly reached him. Sturm with similar handspeed to the aging 160lb Oscar (that wouldn't have been the case earlier in Oscars career)
8. 10-9 Sturm., Quickening up that jab and doubling it. Not a lot thrown by either man with a lot of intent, so a close round.
9. 10-9 Sturm. Tight defence, strong and backing Oscar up, economical but accurate with his work and a lot of Oscars body flurries look for show now as there's very litle on them
10. 10-9 Sturm. Oscar can't score when he leads, as he can't penetrate the Sturm jab. He needs to counter and he scores two good ones in this round but it's not enough. Too many Sturms shots are short and compact or fast and hard to counter. And the jab consistently forces Oscar back pushing him out of position to fire back
11. 10-9 Sturm. Very good round. Fought the full round southpaw and looked comfortable. Oscar tried to really go for it early, firing flurries of shots, Felix soaked them up and fired straight left counters, As Oscar tired, Felix could potshot, mainly with that left. Oscars face is telling a story here.
12. 10-9 Sturm. Oscar did start well here, scoring a few big body shots early and a couple sneaking through the guard. But as his pace slowed Sturm picked those shots well, accurate as ever and landing almost at will
Bigger, heavier handed and a superb guard and very very accurate punching. Picked his shots expertly throughout even in the early rounds where Oscar was able to take it on sheer output and body punching.
It seemed a very straight forward strategy from Sturm but very effective. High guard, pace yourself, intelligent movement and accurate punching. He just had to hope Oscar couldn't maintain the feirce pace for 7 of the 12 rounds because Felix was absolutely unwilling to go through the gears.
I suspect had Oscar been able to maintain that early pace Sturm would have simply let the fight slip away from him but that was not the case, at least not on my scorecard anyway.