Former three time world middleweight champion Felix Sturm is fully prepared for his IBF middleweight title eliminator against Australian Sam Soliman at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany on Friday(Feb 1) night.
And whilst Sturm is expecting a very tough fight he insists he has done his homework
Speaking at the final press conference before the pair meet in the ring on Friday, Sturm said: "I’m excited about Friday. It’s great to be in Dusseldorf and I am in great shape. I had an excellent camp. Some of my sparring partners were able to clone his fighting style and I’m really prepared to fight a guy as unorthodox as Sam. The fight against him will still be very difficult but I’ll prevent him from getting into his rhythm. I need to dictate the pace and the distance and I’m sure I’ll do just that. Sam is a great challenge and I haven’t looked past him.
“I’m completely focused on him. I want to become champion again and I’ll make the first step towards that goal on Friday night. The fans are in for a real treat."
His trainer Fritz Sdunek also confirmed Sturm will be fully prepared: "I was with Felix for the whole camp and he is in tip-top shape. He will have an answer to everything Sam Soliman will bring on Friday. This won’t be an easy fight, but Felix, I’m sure, will win this convincingly."
As expected Soliman is also full of confidence but he also plans to have some fun as well . "I’m happy to be in Germany. This is a tremendous fight. I know I’m going to have lots of fun in the ring; boxing is fun for me. We had a great camp and I won’t let him get into the way of my goal – to become middleweight champion of the world."
January 29, 2013