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Chudinov confident of repeat victory against Sturm

Felix Sturm, left, will try to avenge his loss last year to Fedor Chudinov when they meet again on Saturday. Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Super middleweight world titlist Fedor Chudinov and four-time middleweight titleholder Felix Sturm will meet in a rematch on Saturday at Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, where Chudinov will look to go 2-0 on his rival’s home turf.

Chudinov (14-0, 10 KOs), of Russia, won a split decision against Sturm (39-5-3, 18 KOs), of Germany, to claim a vacant world title on May 9 in Frankfurt, Germany.

“I’m ready for Sturm a second time, and I know that I can do the same again and emerge from Germany with my record and title still intact,” the 38-year-old Chudinov said. “I’m more confident than ever, but I haven’t taken Sturm for granted. He’ll be highly motivated to get his title back in front of his home fans, and I won’t let that happen.”

While Sturm, 37, has been idle since the first meeting, Chudinov will be making his second defense. In September, he traveled to London and retained the 168-pound belt by lopsided unanimous decision against England’s Frank Buglioni.

The first Chudinov-Sturm fight was competitive with bursts of excitement, but Chudinov got the nod after dominating the final few rounds against a tiring Sturm, who did not quarrel with the decision as he dropped to 0-2-1 in his past three bouts.