Javier Castillejo beat Felix Sturm via stoppage in round ten to win the WBA middleweight belt.
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Castillejo stops Sturm to gain WBA middleweight belt
July 15, 2006
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Spain's Javier Castillejo stopped Germany's Felix Sturm in the 10th round to win the WBA middleweight title Saturday.
Sturm, making his first title defense, was headed to a one-sided win until Castillejo caught him with a left hook against the ropes with 13 seconds left in the round.
Castillejo, a former WBC junior middleweight champ, then hit Sturm with three uppercuts before the referee called the fight.
Sturm (27-2, 11 knockouts) was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be a broken jaw, the ring doctor said. He said the injury could have happened in the second round when the German also was knocked down.
From the fourth round on, Sturm won every round by sniping from the outside, and appeared to be coasting to victory against Castillejo (61-6, 41 knockouts).
But Sturm paid it for in the 10th when he elected to go toe-to-toe with the 38-year-old Spaniard, in his 26th title fight.
Sturm was booed when he won the title against Samoa's Maselino Masoe in March because he backpedaled in the final rounds to preserve a huge points lead.