After years of falling short in major title fights Australian Sam Soliman finally came good at the König Palast in Krefeld in Germany on Saturday night when he defeated Felix Sturm to claim the IBF middleweight title.
The 40 year-old scored a clear 118-110,118-110 and 117-111 points win on all three judges cards. The rounds were close early and Soliman was warned a number of time by referee Eddie Cotton in round three but he overcame that and came on strong in five. Sturm’s best round was the ninth when he got off some eye catching punches but Soliman’s superb fitness and unusual fighting style proved a little too much for Sturm to work out.
The win was all the more sweeter for Soliman he had previously out-pointed Sturm in a world title clash only for the fight to be ruled a no contest when Soliman tested positive for a banned stimulant.
On the same card WBA female flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian stopped Dan-Bi Kim with a serries of punches in round nine.
WBA International light heavyweight title Konni Konrad drew 12 and Mehdi Amar
115-113 Konrad, 116-113 Amar, 114-114.
light middleweight Maurice Weber w tko 6 Renat Samedovi
Super middleweight Goekalb Oezekler w pts Attila Kiss.
Scores 60-54 twice 58-56.
May 31, 2014