User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Sturm beats Barker by TKO for IBF belt

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Felix Sturm stopped defending champion Darren Barker in the second round to take the Briton's IBF middleweight title Saturday night.

Advertisement
Former WBA champion Sturm twice knocked Barker to the canvas and looked set to finish him off when the towel was thrown in. Referee Mark Nelson called it off 2:09 into the round.

''I hit him well with my swings,'' said Sturm, a German of Bosnian descent. ''We worked on that in training. I also worked on my hip rotation and was more stable than before.''

Barker, who pointed at his hip after going down the second time, was limping and clearly in major discomfort. The Londoner previously had two hip replacement operations. He was taken to a hospital after the bout to assess the extent of his injury.

''It's good that it was short. My wife didn't have to suffer so much,'' said Sturm, who dedicated his win to her. ''She deserves this belt more than I.''

He became the first German to win four world titles and improved to 38-3-2 with his 17th knockout. Barker dropped to 26-2.

Sturm added that he was looking forward to a rematch in England early next year, though it remains to be seen if there will be one, depending on the extent of Barker's hip injury.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
Hopkins tops Shumenov by split decision
Werdum beats Browne in UFC fight
Quigg keeps WBA super-bantam title
TV mogul Michael King moves into boxing
Felix Trinidad reaches debt deal
Arreola determined not to waste shot
Pacman back on top after Bradley win
Pacquiao tops Bradley in rematch
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!