It was two months ago that Darren Barker beat Daniel Geale to claim his first world title in an emotional win in Atlantic City.
Barker is wasting no time in attempt to leave a mark on world boxing as he will travel to Germany, the home of former WBA Middleweight champion and second-ranked by the IBF Felix Sturm, on December 7th.
In Sturm's 44-fight history he has only fought outside of his home soil four times. He has proved very difficult to beat in-front of his home support, recently holding Martin Murray to a draw and claiming a controversial points win over Matthew Macklin in 2011.
Sturm holds a loss against Daniel Geale, something which may give all the more confidence to Barker following the August win in America.
Barker took to Twitter to send out a vouch of self-assurance, stating "AND STILL!!!! Just to let you know I had choices and I picked this fight over there and come 7th December you will see why! #BarkervSturm."
Promoter Eddie Hearn has held an agreement that if Barker is to lose to Sturm in December, a rematch will follow in London.
Hearn also told Sky Sports: "Felix is the fight we want both financially and from a legacy perspective and once we were able to introduce our necessary demands, which included a potential second fight in the UK and neutral officials, then this was an opportunity Darren could not turn down."
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