By Luke Furman
The former world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA), Felix Sturm, was arrested in Cologne, Germany.
It was reported by Bild that the 40-year-old athlete was arrested at a fitness fair.
According to the outlet, Sturm is accused of tax evasion. It is also noted that the athlete recently lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina and was previously unavailable to the German police.
Sturm first won gold in 2003, when he captured the WBO middleweight title, and then lost the belt in a highly controversial decision to Oscar De La Hoya in 2004 – a high profile loss which made Sturm a name in the sport.
He won the WBA middleweight title in March 2006, defeating the Samoan Marcelo. He was criticized for several years for refusing to make a mandatory defense against Gennady Golovkin.
There were also several close decisions that went his way. In 2010 he moved up in weight and captured the WBA super middleweight title.
On February 20, 2016, Sturm met with Russia’s Fedor Chudinov in the battle for the WBA super middleweight title and recaptured the belt by split decision.
After the fight, an anabolic steroid stanozolol was found in a German’s doping test, and as a result, he was denied the title.
The Germany authorities were going to pursue criminal charges against Sturm, in connection to the claimed use of steroids – but the boxer put a halt to his pro career and swiftly moved to his native country of Bosnia.
In total, Sturm had 48 fights in his professional career, having won 40 wins, 18 of which by knockout, losing 5 times and completing three fights which ended in a draw.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org