04.12.04 - Universum - By Fabian Weber - Boxing.de - In the second main event between two former middleweight champions Felix Sturm knocked out Frenchman Hassine Cherifi with a single left hook to the body in round 3. Cherifi crumbled to the canvas and was unable to beat the ten count of referee Heinrich Mühmert..
”I worked on my punching power,” 24-year-old Sturm explained.
“Felix Trinidad needed four rounds to stop Cherifi. I knocked him out in the third round. I fight every opponent in the world. If those American stars are really as good as they pretend to be they shouldn’t have a problem to fight me, maybe even face me over here in Germany.”
Sturm, who scored his second consecutive victory after losing a disputed decision to Oscar de la Hoya in June, improved to 22-1 with 10 knockouts. Former WBC champion Cherifi dropped to 35-11-1 (20).
On the undercard Croatian light heavyweight contender Stipe Drews scored an eight round decision over Englishman Ovill McKenzie.
Drews fought for the first time since losing a WBC world title eliminator in August and improved to 27-1 with 12 knockouts. McKenzie dropped to 5-6 (1).