Sturm beats Zbik by TKO
Felix Sturm retained the WBA middleweight title on Friday night after fellow German Sebastian Zbik retired before the 10th round at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Zbik made the better start, but appeared to tire midway through the bout, with the defending champion looking fresher despite taking some heavy blows. Sturm had Zbik clearly troubled at the end of the ninth round, with US referee Raul Caiz Sr asking the challenger if he could continue. Though the 30-year-old Zbik insisted that he could, his corner felt otherwise and Caiz ended the fight before the next round could start. “We fought a fair fight. It was a good advertisement for boxing,” Sturm said after successfully defending his title for the 12th time. “Sebastian’s a great boxer, he moved very well,” Sturm added. “I had to keep my pace. It took a while and it was one of my hardest fights, but thank God it worked out.” Sturm, a 33-year-old German of Bosnian descent, improved his record to 37-2-2 with 16 knockouts. “I have to admit without any grudges that Felix clearly beat me,” said Zbik, who dropped to 30-2 (10 KOs).
Mosop eyes world record
Kenya’s so-called “Big Engine,” distance runner Moses Mosop, will have compatriot Patrick Makau’s world record in his sights when he runs the marathon in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, today. It will be only a third marathon appearance for Mosop, the world record holder on the track for 25,000m and 30,000m, but the 26-year-old said that bettering Makau’s best of two hours, three minutes and 38 seconds, set in Berlin in September last year, was achievable. Mosop certainly has some form going into the marathon, having clocked 2:03:06 (behind winner Geoffrey Mutai’s 2:03:02) on his debut at the Boston marathon, a downhill point-to-point course where times are not considered for world records. His second outing over 42.195 kilometres saw him winning last autumn’s Chicago marathon in 2:05:37.
Morel looks to regain title
Eric Morel has adopted a now or never attitude in his bid to become a world champion for the first time in more than eight years. Unbeaten Abner Mares wants to make sure it is never. The two former world champions meet on April 21 at El Paso, Texas, for the WBC super bantamweight crown vacated by Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka after he could not get a fight with Filipino star Nonito Donaire. Puerto Rico’s Morel, 46-2 with 23 knockouts, has won 11 fights in a row since losing to Martin Castillo of Mexico for the WBA super flyweight title in 2005, after losing the same title in 2003. At 36, Morel knows he cannot afford another setback in his bid to return to the world throne. “My preparation for this fight has been the best. Basically this is it,” he said. “It’s do or die for me.”
Anderson refuses breath test
Brazilian police say Manchester United midfielder Anderson Luis de Abreu Oliveira, best known as Anderson, refused to take a breathalyzer test after being stopped at a police checkpoint. Authorities told GloboEsporte.com that Anderson refused the test early on Friday in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Anderson is allowed by Brazilian law to refuse the breathalyzer test, but by doing so he incurred a fine and had his drivers’ license temporarily seized. One of his bodyguards had to drive his car. His representatives denied he refused the test and said he was stopped after leaving a relative’s home. Anderson is in Brazil recovering from a hamstring injury.