Sturm stops Zbik to defend title

WBA middleweight titlist, Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs) made the 12th consecutive defense of his title, beating former WBC middleweight titlist, Sebastian Zbik (30-2, 10 KOs) via RTD 9.

Sturm, now 14-2-2 in three separate reigns as a world titlist, took little over a round to decipher the stiff, predictable style of his opponent and then assumed full control by the third round.

Zbik did what he usually does, work behind a solid jab and sound fundamentals, but he lacked the flexibility to make adjustments when Sturm adapted.

With lesions over and under the left eye and likely well behind on the scorecards (down 6 rounds to 2 on the unofficial Boxing Tribune scorecard), Zbik’s corner waved off the contest before the start of the ninth round.

On the undercard, Russian heavyweight Denis Boystov (31-0, 25 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over journeyman, Dominick Guinn (33-9-1, 22 KOs) by scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91.