Darren Barker’s reign as middleweight champion didn’t last long. Having won the title less than four months ago with a split-decision over Daniel Geale in Atlantic City, Barker lost it Saturday when he was stopped in the second round by former champion Felix Sturm in Sturm’s native Germany.
Sturm decked Barker, of London, twice in the second round with the fight being stopped at 2:09 as Barker’s corner waved a white towel in surrender.
Sturm, 34, is 39-3-2 with 18 knockouts. Barker, 31, is 26-2.