I think Geale may pip Maklin. Im a huge Maklin fan and think his best weight was a few years ago down at light middle. He has too small a frame to be at his best at middleweight IMO. If Strum comes into the fight with the same kind of spirit he had in the Barker fight I think he’ll batter Soliman.Posted May 9, 2014 2:51 pm
I’m picking Geale to beat Macklin, maybe even stop him. Geale was ruthless in his last bout stopped the usually durable Garth Wood. Geale has been accused of not capitalizing when he has had opponents hurt previously (Sturm & Barker) and closing the show with a stoppage. It cost him against Barker and he really sat down on his punches against Wood and got a fairly comfortable stoppage. I’d pick Geale to beat Sturm again if they fought again.Posted May 9, 2014 3:01 am
STURMPosted May 8, 2014 5:36 pm
Interesting fight…. Geale/Macklin
Not sure exactly who to pick, but tempted to go with Geale, Macklin is not quite the fighter he was 2 years ago.Posted May 8, 2014 5:26 pm
Many thanks, DJ. That’s a good fight and I’d take Geale to win. He has a good chin and his work rate will be too much for Macklin, because he has good footwork too and an inside game.
I don’t know if he should target GGG, but fair play if he gets the gig.
Hopefully, we’ll see that bout in the UK.Posted May 8, 2014 3:55 pm
Geale fights Matthew Macklin in the USA on 25th May. It’s being shown free to air on FOX sports 1 in Australia. A good match up. He says he wants Golovkin next but I’d say he’d be pursuing the winning of Sturm- Soliman.Posted May 8, 2014 3:50 pm
I think Geale may have been waiting to rematch Barker, but his plans went out the window when Barker lost. The ideal fight for Geale would be with Sturm. I think their styles would blend well. Both guys are hard workers, if not big punchers and I reckon Geale would push to get inside Sturm’s jab and mix it up in close.
I like Sturm because he just gets on with it, without any histrionics. Geale is a typical Aussie, in the fact that he works hard, is down to earth and there is no big headedness about him and he’s never moaned about the politics in the sport.
Thinking about things I would love for their to be a Middleweight Super Six with these 2, Murray although I doubt Martinez, Cotto or Quillin would sign up which is a shame.Posted May 8, 2014 11:08 am
Anyone know what Geale’s next move is?Posted May 8, 2014 6:46 am
Hidalg0: Agree 100% that Geale should have been given the decision over Barker, I reckon Geale landed the cleaner & harder punches and a lot of Barker’s punches hit gloves and I can only assume were scored by the judges. Barker was very lucky to win the title and smart to get a million dollar payday when losing it. I don’t believe Soliman is a drug cheat, from what I understand he’s a clean living non-drinker & non-smoker. I sure hope he can get another decision in Germany.Posted May 8, 2014 2:13 am
Hidalg0: To add to your thoughts concerning lame reasoning surrounding Sturm victory over Darren Barker. If you watch the fight, the shots that Sturm dropped Barker with were solid but they didn’t hurt him (as in his head), it was very obvious that Barker was injured elsewhere, his hip I believe. To me it looked like Barker was in a lot of bodily pain and that effected his balance and left him vunerable to being knocked down by shots that normally wouldn’t have effected him. To be fair to Strum, you can only fight the man in front of you and that was a bit of luck he capitalized on. I doubt he will have such luck with Soliman.Posted May 7, 2014 10:22 pm
Sturm went from a guy I rooted for because I felt like he easily beat De La Hoya to a guy I hate because he seems scared to get back on his horse and fight real contenders and A caliber fighters. Why is he still fighting if at his age he still don’t want to unify the belts. I know he got enough money to hang the gloves up.Posted May 7, 2014 9:25 pm
the ibf middleweight title wont be leaving germany for a while because he wont fight any good middleweightsPosted May 7, 2014 8:12 pm
Some very dodgy reasoning behind the last Sturm/Soliman fight.
Still, I think Soliman has the right style to beat Sturm, whether he gets the decision or not remains to be answered.Posted May 7, 2014 7:22 pm
Hildag0 – No I’m not offended and I didn’t mean to offend you. I just wanted to tell the entire story to show that Soliman was not a cheat. Your true but half assessment would give less informed people a view that Soliman is an out-and-out drug cheat, possibly.Posted May 7, 2014 7:19 pm
I don’t really enjoy watching Sturm fight. He’s boring to me.Posted May 7, 2014 6:16 pm
Hildag0 – Not quite the entire story is it? The German tests found Solimans ‘A’ sample positive. Surprise Surprise and when the ‘B’ sample was tested by a neutral organisation it was negative. Soliman is no drug cheat and he beat Sturm fairly. More fight fixing and tampering from Germany. Solimans workrate is always going to give Sturm awkward moments but Sturm has looked rejuvenated of late and should win this one on skills.
“IBF World Middleweight Contender, Sam Soliman has been cleared of taking any illicit substances under IBF drug protocols.
A US-based drug testing laboratory used to test IBF sanctioned fights has given the all clear to a sample taken from Sam Soliman after he fought and won an unanimous decision in Germany, against Germany’s Felix Sturm in February.”
FACTSPosted May 7, 2014 6:10 pm
These are two well-matched second tier middleweights. Never mind the so-called “world” title. That belt means nothing because neither fighter has any intention of facing Martinez or GGG — ever.Posted May 7, 2014 4:30 pm
I really hope Soliman wipes the floor with Sturm who positioned himself for an IBF mandatory with a win over an undersized eastern european sacrificial lamb! Then he gets lucky enough to face Darren Barker for the title after Darren left all that he had in the ring winning the title from Daniel Geale. We’ll see what Sturm can do now he has to face a motivated and fully fit opponent who has already beaten him once before.Posted May 7, 2014 3:39 pm
another sleeper in germany.Posted May 7, 2014 3:16 pm
Hi Hidalg0, Yep. I forgot about the NC. I was surprised that he let that fight slip away as I think he’s a level above Soliman. Hopefully, he proves it. There are some big fights out there for him if he can get past Soliman.Posted May 7, 2014 2:46 pm
ADNAN CRATIC IslamiePosted May 7, 2014 2:01 pm
Sturm like abraham only fights washed up bums. They should both fight eachother for the german title of bum of the month.Posted May 7, 2014 12:44 pm
Bo Bo Olson
Strum is staying closer to fighting weight, changed his diet, so can make weight easier, with more time to work on the game plan.
I LIKE STURM. He’s a no-nonsense fighter and I hope he gets the W against Soliman who I thought he was unlucky to lose to first time out.Posted May 7, 2014 10:29 am