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Old 12-04-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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In an Interview with the German TV magazine format ‘Sport Inside’ (WDR) on Monday, the Turkish born former promoter Ahmet Öner claims to have bought Felix Sturm’s WBA Superchampion title two and a half years ago in an effort to salvage Sturm’s career.
Öner told Sport Inside WDR: “With this belt Sturm wasn’t obligated to make mandatory defenses. Sturm was able to fight whoever he wanted to, hand-picked opponents. That’s how he managed to pocket big paydays with his TV partner SAT1, he collected 7-figure Euro sums for each event. And that’s how Felix, over the course of five or six fights, made a nice little fortune. I assume the total sum is closer to 8-digits than not. All this was possible just because he had the “Superchampion” title; a paper title he bought. He paid a couple hundred thousand Euros, and the return on investment was huge. Without this Superchampion title he wouldn’t have had this degree of freedom to pick his opponents. And Sturm didn’t think the belt had any importance then he would never have paid so much for it in the first place.”
At that time of Sturms career, ZDF, a German TV station, did not want to broadcast his fights anymore and Sturm left the now bankrupt promotion outfit Universum Box Promotion in order to market and promote himself. That’s why he was close to being stripped of his WBA belt unless he fought one the best fighter in his division at that time, Kazakhstan-born Gennady Golovkin. The risk of losing to Golovkin, one of the most dangerous fighters of the division, also meant the risk of a setback for Sturms career. As the Superchampion, Sturm coould avoid Golovkin and wouldn’t have to face any mandatory challenger for 18 months…
Öner’s own credibility is somewhat questionable: He has a criminal record and was sentenced to 22 months of probation in 2010 for blackmail and aggravated battery. After the end of his probation period Öner now, so he says, wants to get the facts on the table because Sturm allegedly withheld payments that were guaranteed to him. As proof for his allegations Öner provided “sport inside” with a bank statement of an account of his former promotion company “Arena Promotion”. It details a transfer of 250,000 Euro made by Ufa sports, showing ‘Loan Felix Sturm’ in the payment details.
Öner alleges: “At the end of the day Sturm bought his Superchampion title, the money was wired to my account by a company called Ufa sports, which is a production company for SAT1, Sturm’s TV station. There were a number of cash payments as well but I cannot prove those; the wire transfer however is an easily verifiable fact.“
Aprox. 200,000 Euro, according to Öner, was paid to Antonio Gonzalez in March of 2010 in Panama. Based on research conducted by “Sport Inside” Gonzalez is working for the WBA and is a personal friend of WBA vice-president Gilberto Mendoza.
Attorney Raffael Villena from Hamburg, Germany, claims to have been the courier who performed the transaction in Panama. Villena: “We have met with Mr. Gonzalez, an American lawyer, in the lobby of a hotel. We went up to a hotel suite that they have previously arranged in order to perform the transaction. The money, approx. 200,000 Euro, was given to Mr. Gonzalez who signed a receipt certifying he received the full amount.”
Three weeks after the money transfer allegedly took place the Superchampion belt was given to Sturm during a boxing event organized by Öner and Gonzalez. After that, Sturm’s TV station SAT1 broadcast a total of six fight nights while Ufa sports marketed the worldwide TV rights. Among boxing analysts Sturm’s WBA Superchampionship has been heavily criticized from the start, because the WBA rules always required a title unification in order to issue the Superchampion belt. Sturm never was a unified champion, he always only had the WBA belt. UFA sports, Antonio Gonzalez and the WBA did not return phone calls from “sport Inside” to comment on Öner’s allegations.
In a reply to “Sport Inside”, Felix Sturm’s lawyer claims the transfer of 250,000 Euro made by Ufa sports to Öner was supposed to be a loan for Öner in order to kickstart his new boxing promotion company Sturm Promotion. However, no contract for this supposed loan exists. Felix Sturm is not aware of any money transfer in Panama. Quoting from the letter sent by Sturm’s lawyer: “Mr. Sturm is familiar with Mr. Gonzalez, who is an attourney (…), who (…) initiated the request to elevate Mr. Sturm to the status of a Superchampion with the WBA. For his counseling in this matter and the preparation of documents Mr. Sturm paid a lump sum of 5,000 Euro to Mr. Gonzalez, who signed a receipt for this amount.”
A copy of the receipt was not provided to “Sport Inside”. However, sport inside was provided with a written memo by WBA vice-president Mendoza addressed to Felix Sturm:
“I, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, (…) declare, that the WBA declared Felix Sturm Superchampion exclusively based upon his extraordinary boxing career . (…) That is why I personally declare, that neither the WBA nor I personally received any monetary or material compensation in connection with Mr. Sturm’s Superchampion title.”



Oh boy....No wonder Sturm was able to duck anyone. Boxing is going to shit! First Arum and his in-house fighting, now GBP following in the same footsteps by protecting Canelo and finally this! And to top it off, Suleiman got re-elected as president of the WBC for his 37th year in a row
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Felix "the BIGGEST Cherrypicker" Sturm....

We all knew Sturm was greasing them. I'm sure this stuff is happening all the time.

I imagine they wanted another brown envelope Sturm was unwilling to give so they eventually forced him to fight Golovkin or vacate the belt. I'm so glad this piece of shit lost to Geale.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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Assuming this claim is true...is anyone really surprised? This is boxing people where politics, money, and lip service run the show. Titles can be bought, opponents can be paid to step aside or stay quiet, judges can be corrupted as can other officials, and fans continue to accept low quality matchups. LOL

I'm not surprised in the slightest, especially given the fact that we're talking about Felix Sturm. The guy has stayed in Europe, avoided dangerous fights, and milked his "title" for all it's worth. Sturm is a feather fisted fighter with very average skills. Had he not had this type of protection no one would know who the hell the guy is because he'd been knocked the hell out and into early retirement.

Boxing is the only sport where mediocrity, with the right amount of monetary and network support behind it, can soar and be sold as greatness.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:08 PM   #4
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This guy has been cherry picking all his career and no one gives a damn. Looks like Canelo and his team are taking notes.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:15 PM   #5
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true not true... who knows... but when it comes out of Oner's mouth... I find it hard to believe... the guys is certifiable nuts!
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:20 PM   #6
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I think this why he fought Geale he wanted another belt so he could vacate the WBA so he did not have to fight GGG, he thought Geale was the easiest way to win another belt. He knew Geale couldn't knock him out so he figured if he kept it competitive he would get another gift but instead he got his ass beat fair & square by a better fighter...
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:36 PM   #7
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Boxing? Corrupt?

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:41 PM   #8
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Öner is a certified criminal. But then again, there's probably a bit of truth in what he says. Certainly his story makes sense, wouldn't surprise me one bit, everyone knew Sturm was cherrypicking and ran from mandatory defenses for years.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #9
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Oh Sturm.

Calls out the winner of Abraham/Steiglitz....

Schedules Sam Soliman.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:22 PM   #10
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Golovkin has been chasing after Sturm for years! It was just a waste of time!
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:28 PM   #11
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GGG should do a Haye and confront this bitch face to face.

Actually would like to see Qullin fight this scumbag.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:03 PM   #13
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Default Re: Felix "the BIGGEST Cherrypicker" Sturm....

should change his name back to adnan catic, fight some guys in the top 10. get on hbo with his obvious charisma and ability to speak english.

shed the old cape of yesteryear and fight and possibly lose to the best of them.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:06 AM   #14
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Default Re: Felix "the BIGGEST Cherrypicker" Sturm....

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true not true... who knows... but when it comes out of Oner's mouth... I find it hard to believe... the guys is certifiable nuts!
This time Öner is right.

Sturm was the so called WBA Superchampion without having any other title to avoid his mandatory.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:04 AM   #15
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This guy has been cherry picking all his career and no one gives a damn. Looks like Canelo and his team are taking notes.
Was he cherry picking when he fought ODLH and got robbed?
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