WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm once again had a subpar performance in a title defense and was lucky to walk out of Nuerburgring Race Track with his world title still intact after a clash with Khoren Gevor.
Gevor worked his strength advantage over the taller Sturm as soon as the bout commenced as the former IBF title challenger got in close and stayed there, whipping in body shots and uppercuts as Sturm largely shelled up and fought in spurts.
The challenger outworked Sturm over the first half of the contest, landing with both hands while Sturm allowed Gevor to set up shop on the inside and was just not busy enough.
As the second half of the fight started, Gevor paid the price for such an energy expenditure and was picked apart by the accurate Sturm, who was no longer under constant fire.
But by the 10th frame, Sturm was flagging while Gevor got his second win and regained control of the clash.
Sturm regrouped and traded on even terms with Gevor before the challenger once again was bossing the action by the time the contest ended after twelve rounds.
When the scorecards were read, Gevor was unlucky as Sturm was declared the winner by margins of 115-113 twice and 117-111.
Gevor loses his second world title fight, dropping to 30-4 (16), while Sturm retains his WBA belt for the seventh time
and improves to 33-2-1 (14).
On the undercard, middleweight Sebastian Zbik, 27-0 (10), picked up the Interim WBC title by winning a very close fight against Italy's Domenico Spada, 29-2 (14), on score of 115-114 on all three cards.