|Estimated value:||€2.5 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||Boxer/Athlete|
The boxer, known as Felix Sturm, is actually called Adnan Catic. As a boxer, he fought for Germany, but he also has a Bosnian migration background. His weight class is super middleweight, he is a left-hander and has been world champion five times in various associations.
The man from Leverkusen is 1.81 m tall and has fought a total of 49 fights, winning 40 of them. He has recently emerged as a result of negative media headlines, including suspected doping and allegedly unpaid tax debts.
His parents are from the town of Blagaj in Bosnia-Herzegovina, so Felix also has dual citizenship. As a child he grew up around Cologne, where he also attended the municipal elementary school. He came into contact with boxing at a very early age, which enabled him to do his first amateur fights in his youth. During his amateur days, Felix recorded 134 wins, compared to only 9 losses. As early as 1995-1996 he was able to prove his talent as a German Junior Champion at national level. Only two years later, he became German champion in the light middleweight division twice in a row. During this time he denied further fights as a boxer in the light middleweight division, was able to win a gold medal at the European Championships and also took part in tournaments outside of Germany.
The 1999 World Championships in Houston followed, but it was the end of the line for him in the second round, when he met the eventual Olympic champion from 2000 and lost to Ibraimov on points. Soon after, in 2000, he turned pro and aspired to be a professional.
In January 2001 he made his professional debut in Munich and had his first professional fight against Portuguese Antonio Ribeiro. He won that fight on points and his winning streak continued for another 14 fights. From 2001 he was able to win many fights, followed by a number of titles such as the WBO Intercontinental Championship. From now on Felix also had to defend various titles, which he also managed to do against boxers like the Spaniard Ruben Varon.
His title defense fights continued and he also had to compete against the eight-time world champion Oscar de la Hoya, from the lower weight class.
From now on things went in quick succession and one highlight after the other followed in his career. On June 5th, 2004 the time had come, the absolute highlight for Felix in his career so far followed. The fight between the two took place in front of millions of spectators at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. For de la Hoya it was just a stepping stone, as de la Hoya was actually aiming for a lucrative unification fight against then-reigning world champion and superstar Bernard Hopkins. This held the world championship title of three associations (IBF, WBA and WBC), which de la Hoya wanted to get. But to set that up, de la Hoya needed a win over Felix Sturm, who was considered a huge underdog in the fight at the time.
The fight wasn’t easy for de la Hoya, however, as Sturm landed multiple impact hits in the early rounds. In the following rounds, Sturm was able to vary his style even more and by the end of the fight he was already confident of victory in the last few rounds.
But despite this superiority, Sturm lost his WBO title to de la Hoya on points. However, the level of awareness increased immensely after this fight by storm.
As his career progressed, he won the WBA World Championship and even became WBA Super Champion in 2010. Felix also became IBF World Champion and had many fights until 2016. In October of that year, however, he laid down his WBA super middleweight title and officially explained this with an elbow injury.
He deliberately chose his name, Felix Sturm, so that he would also become known to a wider audience in Germany. In 2007 he coached Stefan Raab for his rematch against Regina Halmich.
He has been married to his longtime girlfriend since 2007, they have two children together, and Felix has been living with his family in Bosnia since August 2016.
Presumably this step also had something to do with his legal disputes in Germany.
Because since 2016, Felix Sturm has repeatedly appeared in the media due to negative headlines.
First there was the suspicion of doping abuse and in April 2019 he was arrested at a fitness fair in Cologne on suspicion of tax evasion. Initially, he was offered a bail payment of one million euros, but this was revised by the court because of the significant risk of absconding. As a result, he was fined several times, as well as imprisoned for several months.
|Estimated value:||€2.5 million|