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14 NOVEMBER 2018

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Soliman takes aim at Mundine rematch

Mundine won a split points decison over Soliman in September 2001
Mundine won a split points decison over Soliman in September 2001

By Paul Upham: In the latest WBA super middleweight world ratings Sam "King" Soliman is an interesting new addition at No.3. After giving Winky Wright all sorts of trouble over twelve rounds in a points loss in December 2005, Soliman and his promoter Dan Goossen have been pushing for a rematch with Wright or a shot at middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor, without success.

A telephone call to Soliman's manager Stuart Duncan confirmed that a request had been submitted to the WBA for the move to super middleweight.

"We have been chasing Jermain Taylor and others at middleweight and it has been very frustrating," he explained. "Middleweight is Sam's best weight, but we feel that a rematch with Mundine is another way forward and it is a fight we know Sam will win."

Mundine and Soliman fought a controversial twelve round points decision in September 2001 at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre. "The Man" prevailed on a split points decision 116-114, 115-113 and 113-115, but many in the crowd felt that Soliman was robbed.

"The fight was held in the backyard of the St George Rugby League Football fans," observed Duncan, "the team that Mundine used to play for and they were booing the decision. We know Sam won that fight and we have no doubt that he will win a rematch."

"King" Soliman appears on ShoBox in the USA against Enrique Ornelas at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.

31 year-old Mundine 26-3 (20) faces Ruben Acosta in Newcastle on November 15.

Duncan is hoping that talks with Mundine's manager Khoder Nasser will lead to a rematch early in 2007.

With Mikkel Kessler being declared a Unified super middleweight world champion by the WBA after wining the WBC world title from Markus Beyer, the WBA world title is now vacant. WBA No.1 Mundine and WBA No.2 Jeff Lacy are in line to fight for the vacant title, but new WBA No.3 Soliman would get a shot at the winner.

"Mundine-Soliman II is the rematch Australian boxing fans want to see," said Duncan, "and I know that it would be a huge success live at the gate and on pay-per-view."

Paul Upham
Contributing Editor

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