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19 NOVEMBER 2018

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Wade Pushes Past Soliman

Soliiman vs Wade (pic stephanie Trapp/showtime)
Soliiman vs Wade (pic stephanie Trapp/showtime)

By Marc Livitz: Dominic Wade took a very much "up in the air" experience this evening against former middleweight champion Sam Soliman at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Wade was awarded with a split decision victory.


The opening round was mostly uneventful from the eye test point of view. Wade (18-0, 12 KO’s) remained nimble on his feet as his Australian opponent with almost two decades of professional experience did his best to throw off his rhythm and timing. Dominic tried to establish his jab more in the second as a close in right uppercut from Sam (44-13, 18 KO’s) may have highlighted the period. Soliman’s continuing efforts to confound his Washington, D.C. adversary didn’t do much to throw him out of sorts. The first three rounds were now complete, yet the scoring ringside could have thus far rendered three separate results.


Wade looked to stick to the script. Jab, jab and move. Sam would get close and try to swing for the fences. Before the stick clicked to signal ten seconds to go in the fourth, "Lights Out" Wade landed a short left (more of a shove) caught an off balance, charging Soliman for a flash knockdown which did no damage to the Aussie fighter. Sam connected with a few more uppercuts early on in the fifth as he forced his D.C. opponent to the ropes. Many in attendance may have long lost count of how many times the two competitors tied up and had to separated by the words of referee Jack Reiss.


The savvy veteran from down under kept the pressure on in the sixth. Wade wasn’t doing much of note until his frustration with Sam’s tactics led to his throwing of Soliman to the canvas at the end of the period. No points were deducted. He connected with some hard shots up high just moments into round seven. Soliman was visibly wobbled for just a moment, but it didn’t last long. Wade landed a hard right in the closing minute. He did the same a few times in round eight. Sam tried to turn the odds later on. An equal amount of punches landed for each man.


Through the last two rounds, the pattern was as it was in the previous eight. Wade tried to fight smart, use his jab and straight right. Sam Soliman was predictable most of the night, but it seemed to work. He’d move in close, look to land one or two and then he’d look to escape. This was no night to remember for either man, but most notably for Wade. He needed an evening in the ring like this to test his mettle.


Ultimately, the three ringside judges held the cards, which read as follows: 97-92 (Wade), 96-93 (Soliman) and 95-94 for Dominic Wade who remained unbeaten with the less than remarkable split decision win in a less than remarkable bout.


Undercard Results


Erickson Lubin KO 1 Ayi Bruce - Jr Middleweights

Oscar Rivas TKO 1 Jason Pettaway - Heavyweights

Levan Ghvamichava TKO 5 Cosme Rivera - Jr Middleweights

Brian Castano TKO 1 Todd Manuel - Middleweights

Leonard Bundu UD 8 Pablo Munguia - Welterweights

Raynell Williams UD 6 Farkhad Sharipov - Super Lightweights


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