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Darren Barker says fighting Felix Sturm for his IBF Middleweight title is a 'no-brainer'
9:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
Darren Barker has warned Felix Sturm that he’ll retain his title in style on the German’s home patch when he defends his IBF Middleweight belt in Stuttgart on December 7.
The Barnet-born fighter claimed the title from Daniel Geale in August and his first defence is against three-time World champion Sturm.
It will be Barker’s third world title bout on foreign soil and the 31-year-old is relishing the chance to box in a big show in Germany.
“Felix’s shows are always spectacular and I’m sure it will be a sell-out and the pressure will all be on him,” said Barker.
“I have worked so hard to win the title and there’s no way I’m letting it go now.
“Tony (Barker’s trainer) and I have a game plan in mind and plenty of weeks to work on it day in, day out in the gym, so I am very confident I’ll retain my title and do so in style.”
He continued: “People asked me ‘what are you going to Germany for? You’re mad, you’re mad’ but it was if somebody had said ‘here is the winning lottery ticket, do you want to buy it for a quid?’ “It was a no-brainer, the deal was so good.
“Aside from that I am extremely confident of winning. I respect Felix as a former champion, a great fighter with tons of experience, but he hasn’t experienced Darren Barker yet.”
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