P.S.: I hope Sturm gives him a real beating this time, which only depends on his conditioning. Sturm is five times the boxer that Soliman is, he was only notoriously stupid on conditioning for years because he listened to a bodybuilding coach.Posted April 3, 2014 3:30 pm
This racism and nationalism gets boring. The whole plate of BS came from TEAM SOLIMAN in the first fight. Demanding one additional drug test after the other to go on Sturms nerves, delaying the weigh-in for hours out of the sudden to keep Sturm dry for hours without being able to refill, and acting like cheap pr!cks 24/7 the whole time they were there.Posted April 3, 2014 3:28 pm
HOOKOFFTHEJAB, “weird” and and a bit surreal. especially coming off of Winky’s dominant wins v. the likes Shane “the Juice” and Trinidud. here comes the presumed set-up Soliman who did his best probably not expecting to catch Winky so hittable and flat-footed. it was a very entertaining popcorn and beer type-of-bout. Soliman surprised the crap out of everybody including the judges who apparently didn’t have time to revise their prepared scorecards in favor of Winky, but if you watch the replay, that should’ve been a “W” for Soliman. Winky was still ducking and blocking shots long after the final bell (lol).Posted April 3, 2014 3:02 pm
my favorite Soliman fight was when he beat-up a startled Winky Wright for 12 rounds. Winky looked traumatized after the final bell as if he had just been swept-up and dumped by the Tasmanian Devil’s mini-tornado. the unorthodox Soliman’s offense was simply befuddling to the conventional Winky. he just couldn’t stop Sam from potshotting and lumping-up his face. IMO, an unofficial “W” for Soliman.
Solimans style is to difficult to work out for the general fan ..Its not pretty ….And he has a pretty general fan base.Himself …….That fight was one of his best performances …It was weird to see Wright so befuddled…….Posted April 3, 2014 2:42 pm
However Mundine was fighting and winning World titles in a weight division 2 x above his natural weight (light middle)
DMX 154 is not Mundanes natural weight as you put it ..he played rugby @ lightheavy and when he made the decision to box he had to lose weight just so he could fight @ 168 …………………………..154 is not Anthonys natural weight ……..Posted April 3, 2014 2:38 pm
’76 Olympic Team
Sammy = energizer bunnyPosted April 3, 2014 1:17 pm
sturmPosted April 3, 2014 11:05 am
my favorite Soliman fight was when he beat-up a startled Winky Wright for 12 rounds. Winky looked traumatized after the final bell as if he had just been swept-up and dumped by the Tasmanian Devil’s mini-tornado. the unorthodox Soliman’s offense was simply befuddling to the conventional Winky. he just couldn’t stop Sam from potshotting and lumping-up his face. IMO, an unofficial “W” for Soliman.Posted April 3, 2014 9:58 am
Yes I do comprehension ? ? ?
My point being that yes Soliman is a career middleweight
Mundine should be respected for his boxing achievements not his comments, which yes annoy manyPosted April 3, 2014 8:02 am
DMX do you even comprehension ? Mundane fought his entire career until recently @ 168…….. He had to drop weight before he started fighting as a pro boxer ….As he weighed a fair bit more when he was playing rugby ….Sam has always been @ weight inbetween fights maybe only having to lose 500 grams here or there …….Even though to get experience in the pro ranks of boxing he took a fight @ cruiserweight for the Australian cruiserweight title……..which he fought twice …..Though he never weighed heaver than middle or supermiddle ….When Soliman and Mundane fought ……….Tony would have before making weight and after been heaver than Sam …When they fought … The fact that Mundane NOW fights at 154 is irrelevant……….Posted April 3, 2014 5:40 am
Ray ray 100 percent. Sammy is a legend. Would never cheat. One of the best of this era of Aussie boxers. Hope he does wellPosted April 3, 2014 3:24 am
Soliman is a seasoned veteran but nobody has battered him from corner post to corner post like Mundine
DMX – mundine beat up soliman up at 168. Size wise Soliman has never been anything but a middleweight. he only fought choc up at super middle for the pay day. and that was when mundine was at his best – having convincingly beaten danny green 10 months earlierPosted April 2, 2014 10:57 pm
Dreadfully poor boxing “writing” by the writer of this rubbish article …Posted April 2, 2014 5:19 pm
I think Sam has the style to frustrate and outwork Sturm but I think there will be a lot of BS from the German promoters, boxing board etc to try and get Soliman focused on things other than the fight. I reckon he will be the clear winner on points only to not win the title due to a no-contest, draw or dubious points loss.Posted April 2, 2014 4:13 pm
soliman’s B-sample, which was independently tested showed a negative result. so why would this article state in the opening paragraph that he tested positive? so we’re going to trust corrupt germans over an independent body? I hope solly gets a huge pay out at the end of his legal proceedings. he’s a tough awkward customer. sam is also able to be hurt. his style is very unusual but works well for him. hope he wins againPosted April 2, 2014 3:35 pm
I like Sam Soliman
But Anthony Mundine smashed him to bits and then continued to punish him
Soliman is tough but that beating at the hands of the Man was the worst he ever took
Just saying . . .Posted April 2, 2014 5:00 am
Sam is a stand up guy…never has never will take drugs. He’s a work aholic, always in good shape….if Sturm/German governing bodies can get away with what they did 2 the journeymen/battler in the previous fight, imagine what Sturm can get away with over there? Sturm could get away with being souped 2 the eye balls with nothing said. I’d love 2 C the little Aussie who’s always the brides maid win a title, but it’ll have 2 b a KO over there.Posted April 2, 2014 3:53 am
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…“Sturm is one of the most under rates fighter of all times!”
Sturm is overrated… Any good middleweight knocks him out.
Nino Benvenuti would have knocked him out.. Monzon said Benvenuti was one of the easiest opponents he ever fought, because he pulled back from evey shot.. similar to Sturm, only Nino hit harder, jabbed better, and took a better punch.Posted April 2, 2014 1:53 am
@Bill S. Preston ESQ. – “Sturm is one of the most under rates fighter of all times!”
I agree that he’s far better than what people give him credit for, but he’s not made it easy to rate him at the top.
He never looked to unify with Arthur Abraham back in the day for a clash in Germany. Likewise, he never looked to unify with Pavlik. He blatantly ducked his mandatory against Golovkin for over 2 years straight. And many would argue that he only look to unify with Geale because the consensus at the time was that Geale was the “weak link” amongst the titlists.
On top of that, weak (even controversial) performances against Macklin and Murray as well as his previous loss to Castillejo (a smaller guy coming up who A-level fighters had already comfortably beaten) do stain his image somewhat.
Personally I think he’s really good at “what he does”, but he’s unable to adjust to certain styles (which is why I’d suggest he side-stepped certain challenges)… there’s a lot of kryptonite out there for him.Posted April 2, 2014 1:21 am
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You mean “under matched’ .Posted April 2, 2014 1:18 am
Bill S. Preston ESQ.
Sturm is one of the most under rates fighter of all times!Posted April 2, 2014 1:05 am
@Bo Bo Olson.., I watched the fight. It was one of the worst and most uneventful fights since Ali-Evangelista. I agree Oscar lost.
Now, the 39-year-old Hopkins, who weighed in at 156, made sure he stepped it up and knocked Oscar out, even though he would have won an easy decision.
You can’t take any chances with these super popular guys like Oscar and Tito — and B-Hop never forgot that.
It was a lesson lost on Marvin Hagler when he fought Sugar Ray. Leonard was invited to the White House.
Ronald Reagan.., “This is Sugar Ray … and his lovely wife, Mrs. Ray.”Posted April 1, 2014 10:17 pm
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For bums on seats .Posted April 1, 2014 9:21 pm
Sturm got his belt back so I guess its back to fighting bums in Germany.Posted April 1, 2014 9:14 pm
By Adrian Warren
Sam Soliman has agreed to return to Germany for a world title fight against IBF middleweight boxing world champion Felix Sturm next month, despite the problems he had over a doping test after their last bout there.
The title fight has been set for May 31, with the host city to be announced on Wednesday.
Soliman, 40, says he has no qualms about going back and is ready to claim a first world title after going unbeaten for the past six years of his 17-year, 56-fight pro career.
Soliman outpointed Sturm in a non-title fight in Dusseldorf in February last year, but the local governing body, the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB), subsequently announced the Australian has tested positive to a banned stimulant.
They imposed a nine-month suspension on Soliman and changed the result of the fight to a no-contest.
The Soliman camp initiated legal action against the BDB, which is still ongoing, and which they said set aside the ban.
Soliman’s B sample, tested in the United States, showed no trace of any substance deemed illegal by the IBF, who kept him as their No.1 contender.
Because of the quality of Soliman’s performance last time around, his camp had no reservations about returning to Germany for another fight, where drug testing will again take place.
“Unlike last time when we requested pre and post-fight testing the Sturm camp have requested post-fight testing only,” Soliman’s manager David Stanley told AAP.
“We have agreed to that within the framework of the IBF rules.
“The fight contract agreed to is the same as for the last fight, where if there’s any conflict between the IBF and the BDB rules, the IBF rules will prevail.
“We are looking forward to meeting Team Sturm again on their home turf. Last trip Team Sturm and Germany welcomed us and UFA Sports were great hosts.”
Ring veteran Soliman is unbeaten in his last 10 contests and it will be six years since his last defeat by the time he steps in the ring with multi-world title winner Sturm.
The German lost one of his other titles to Australia’s Daniel Geale in Germany in 2012.
“Getting a world title fight bout is like climbing Mt Everest. It’s taken me 23 years,” said Soliman.
“I’ve paid my dues and I’m ready.
“I couldn’t have said that five years ago but now I can. I’m fighting smarter.
“I am under no illusion about the task ahead.
“I know Felix is going to be more prepared and ready for me this time, but my team and I also learnt a lot from our last bout.”Posted April 1, 2014 9:07 pm
Soliman’s had his ‘B’ sample tested in an LA lab. negative. not sure why that didn’t mean the result was put back to the original. perhaps because the fight was governed by the German body? anyway this is better for Soliman as now he fights for the title – he would have been Geale mandatory except for Geale losing to Barker. I think for Sam he has a better chance of beating Sturm again than he would have had beating Geale or BarkerPosted April 1, 2014 9:06 pm
For those whinging about “PEDs”, you do realise the illegal substance was just an over the counter “pre-workout”, right?
Anyway, Sturm does look in his last fights like he’s had Soliman and Geale in mind (i.e. increased his workrate). That said, he’ll have to have changed it significantly to outhustle Soliman… it’s just a bad stylistic match-up for Sturm (just like it was for Winky Wright who also struggled with Soliman).
I’m hoping Soliman takes it so I can see a Geale-Soliman title fight in Australia. Not a mind-blowing fight, but at least it’d be in a location where I can see it live!Posted April 1, 2014 8:56 pm
SturmPosted April 1, 2014 7:14 pm
What would have happened if the judges had seen the fight and given Felix Sturm the decision that night he beat De La Hoya? I wonder if Strum had fought more in the States instead of only fighting in Europe. Would he have fought Hopkins?Posted April 1, 2014 6:49 pm
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Felix Sturm, still around with a title. I can’t stand that paper champion. he haves no fights in his career worth talking about (accept his UD loss to the better aggresive fighter Oscar De La Hoya in 2004, that is 10 years ago!)
I have never have an easy time give him credit for being a world champion (A paper champion) becouse of that he have cherry picked almost all his opponents and ducked all the best middleweight fights possible.
The interest in him Internationaly is very low and who can blame people when you have a champion who have no interesting fights to talk about from his PRO career.Posted April 1, 2014 5:44 pm
B O R I N GPosted April 1, 2014 5:20 pm
Bo Bo Olson
Tark…too bad you never saw the Strum-DH fight…when Strum made DH look slow….and won except for the US Judges.
There were a lot of rabid DH haters real happy back then…like there were Lewis haters…but that is before your time. Both were the most hated fighters of their era. Just for your info, Tark.
…were they the same US Judges that gave the fight to Foreman vs Schultz?Posted April 1, 2014 5:10 pm
Say NO to drug cheating testers
What’s the point? Soliman beat Sturm before and the cheating Germans fixed his urine sample. The ‘B’ sample was all clear when it was tested by neutral testers. They’ll do the same thing again.Posted April 1, 2014 4:41 pm
we’ll see if soliman comes clean this time, and how he will perform without peds.Posted April 1, 2014 3:51 pm
This is a show for chumps.
Sturm is advertised as a “world champion” but there are many middleweights who could beat him. He once sold his “world title” to Oscar De La Hoya for more money than he ever made before—just so Hopkins-De La Hoya could be billed as a “World Middleweight Unification Fight.” Sometimes I wonder how many world champions there’ll be in 100 years.
Boxing doesn’t struggle for fans. Tons of fans are interested in Boxing. Boxing struggles for major media representation. Boxing is looked at by many of the highest ranking journalists as a bunch of ragtag organizations of self interested con artists—where in-demand fights are talked about for many years but go begging. Tolerance runs thin in the real world. Time isn’t wasted on legitimizing fraudulence.
But Boxing will always have fans. It’s a money magnet. Any given group of people would rather watch 2 novices duke it out — especially if they hate each other — than watch 2 NFL quarterbacks fling passes at each other. People love conflict and fighting. Why is that? Kicking somebody’s ass is so basic. The world is full of boxing metaphors, and not by chance.Posted April 1, 2014 3:50 pm
So what kind of drugs is Soliman on this time?Posted April 1, 2014 3:41 pm
Sturm taking the easy rd again…I can’t believe Sturm got a tittle shot after losing 2 from 3? Hang on sorry. He got the Solomon fight turned in2 no contest. No Sturm can hide in Germany picking the easiest possible opponents. Il laugh so hard if Solomon beats him? Beats him again? How come Solomon has only had a dodgy drug test in Germany? No where else and the b sample….nothing? Sturm is a grubPosted April 1, 2014 2:41 pm
agree with you Bo Bo OlsonPosted April 1, 2014 1:17 pm
Bo Bo Olson
Strum finally learned after the Soliman fight, that he needed to stay near fighting weight, and not come to camp to drop weight….He was much faster and more aggressive the last two fights.
I saw Strum take the first round … in a good fought round by both men….I did not see Barker dominating it. Strum was much more aggressive with both hands than normal. Strum still has one of the best jabs in the business. It looked like it would be a fine fight until the injury allowed Strum to club him down. How ever Strum was in the mood for action, or he’s not been so fast with it.
So this fight I don’t expect Strum to be weight drained like the first fight against Soliman.Posted April 1, 2014 12:40 pm