Sturm keeps WBA belt after split decision

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MANNHEIM, GERMANY - Germany's Felix Sturm kept his WBA super middleweight belt Friday after fighting Martin Murray to a 12-round draw.

Sturm, whose last bout ended in a split-decision victory over Matthew Macklin in June, escaped another title fight in a close call.

Judge Jean-Francois Toupin scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Sturm (36-2-2), while Ted Gimza favored the British Murray (23-0-1) by a 115-113 count. The third judge, Pasquale Procopio, scored it a 114-114 draw.


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