Irish middleweight Matthew Macklin looks set to be granted a rematch with Felix Sturm after the latter won a controversial split decision in their WBA world title clash at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne on Saturday night.
German born Sturm, who held the title going into the bout, retained his belt after scoring a 113-115, 116-112, 116-112 decision in front of almost 19,000 fans. Macklin was the better fighter in the early rounds ,but Sturm fought back and took the latter rounds. While the German has insisted that the right man won the fight,he has already verbally agreed to give the Irish man a rematch.
However, Macklin was adamant that he had won the fight: “Not only is there no way I lost that fight by four rounds – there’s no way I didn’t win it. It was a tough, hard fight, I don’t deny that, but I did all the work and threw all the better punches.
“I lost a couple of rounds, of course, and a few others were close. I know that, but if anyone looks at the fight as a whole, well, there was only one winner – me. There was one round, I think it was the 10th, where I guess I knew I lost it, but I upped my game again in the 11th and in the last round, well, I felt I really had it won”.