Date: 8th December 2013 at 10:15am
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Over in Stuttgart, last night, the IBF middleweight reign of the British fighter, Darren Barker, came to an abrupt end.

Barker, having decided to take on Felix Sturm on his opponents own turf, was stopped in round two by the former champion.

Entering the ring as the reigning champion, Barker and Sturm exchanged some fierce shots in the opening round. Barker appeared content to work his opponents? body whilst Sturm went looking for the more spectacular head shots. The round ended even as the fight fans looked for the fight to develop.

The second round though was to see Barker?s belt ripped from him by Sturm. A heavy blow, behind the ear, sent Barker toppling to the canvas. Clearly dazed Barker managed to beat the count and face Sturm again. However the challenger was sensing victory and a series of blows had Barker on the canvas again.

Once again Barker beat the count but signalled to his corner that he had a major problem with his hip. Hardly able to walk, Barker withstood several further punches before, quite rightly, his trainer Tonty Sims threw the towel in resulting in the referee moving in to stop the fight.

A disappointing end to a hugely anticipated night and with the severity of the injury Barker received, we?re left to ponder whether Darren will step into the ring again.