Great post Davo. Made a good read.Posted March 6, 2013 1:53 pm
Swedish what are u on about most viewers did u do a survey or something? I dont know about viewers but by boxing fans who post on these type of sites most had Sturm winning slightly even with this cheat Soliman on PEDsPosted March 6, 2013 9:10 am
It’s Me, Ernie
Blah blah blah…Posted March 5, 2013 10:28 am
Why should Felix Sturm get better treatment than that given to Amir Khan? Lamont Cheaterson used testosterone implants to get a disputed split decision over Khan, he still remains the IBF champion and Khan still has a loss to Cheaterson on his record. I haven’t heard any words of support for Khan from Sturm or any other professional boxer, yet now when it appears to have happened to him – Sturm wants the whole world to stop and have the bout declared a no contest!Posted March 5, 2013 10:06 am
It’s so easy: Either Soliman accepts the a-test, and by this admits he’s been cheating, or he asks for the b-test, and then we’ll see who’s been lying. What’s it gonna be, Sam?Posted March 5, 2013 1:46 am
Australian boxer Sam Soliman, right, punches former WBA champion Felix Sturm in their IBF middleweight eliminator in Duesseldorf in February. Soliman won by unanimous decision. Picture: Rolf Vennenbernd Source: AP
UPDATED: AUSTRALIAN boxer Sam Soliman has been dubbed “the nation’s cleanest athlete” – his fight team insisting even breakfast takes 70 minutes to prepare.
Soliman has become the unwitting face of the Australian Drugs In Sport crisis after allegedly testing positive to performance-enhancing drugs before his most recent bout against German Felix Sturm.
News Limited can reveal the “designer stimulant” named in the report is methylsynephrine – or Oxilofrine.It is found in a range of nutritional supplements, most notably for fat burning and weight loss, and is a recent addition to the WADA banned substances list.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, Soliman labelled the report which appeared in a German newspaper and quoted its Federation of Professional Boxers president Thomas Puetz as both “an insult” and “complete nonsense”.
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“Anyone who knows me knows my views about drug cheats,” the 39-year-old wrote. “The matter is now in the hands of my lawyers & it will be pursued 2 the fullest extent possible. I won’t be commenting further.”
Incredibly, reports of a positive result came out on the same day Soliman was to finalise his contract for a May bout with IBF champion and fellow Aussie Daniel Geale.
News Limited has even obtained an email exchange between the two camps in which Soliman’s manager David Stanley suggested, following the recent Australian Crime Commission report, both fighters be drug-tested to show the world not all Aussie athletes were drug cheats.
“Sam Soliman is the cleanest athlete in Australia,” Stanley said last night. “This is a guy who takes one hour and 15 minutes to make his breakfast. I’ve seen it.
“He isn’t a cheat. I’d actually describe him as an evangelist of the anti-drug movement. Only last week he attended a school presentation evening to deliver that very message … then afterwards jumped straight into their ice bath.”
Drug allegations are complete nonsense and an insult. Anyone who knows me knows my views about drug cheats.
One concern with methylsynephrine, however, is it appears on some dietary and sports nutrition supplements that claim to be “all natural”.”And, yes, we’re triple checking every vitamin Sam has taken,” Stanley said. “But you’re talking about a guy who, during camp, steams his own vegetables in the hotel.
“He won’t associate with anyone who could influence his diet. Even today, his last words to me were ‘mate, we know we’re fine’.”
While Sturm yesterday described the alleged positive as a “sad day for boxing”, sources have revealed it was Team Soliman which demanded four separate drug tests before the IBF title eliminator last month.
Soliman also had solicitor Michael Stanley and leading Melbourne fight doctor Peter Lewis in Dusseldorf to ensure the testing was carried out as per the contract.
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“But Team Sturm, they made a mockery of the whole process,” Stanley said last night from Melbourne. “Prior to the fight we were quoted in the media saying how they’d ducked and weaved all through this process.
“When we met with NADA officials, they advised that they weren’t screening for certain PEDs as we had stipulated, but for human growth hormones only.
“Sturm’s promotional manager then said the list would be expanded but to this day we don’t have confirmation it happened.
“Even on fight day, Dr Peter Lewis, Michael Bates and myself examined Sturm’s supposed (drug) report. It was in German and the birth date on the form was not Sturm’s … it was the results of a female boxer who was on the undercard.”
Asked about Puetz, Stanley said: “He isn’t neutral.”Posted March 4, 2013 9:03 pm
yep. sams dirty.Posted March 4, 2013 5:37 pm
Swedish Boxing Fan
Felix Sturm have to stop complaining now and accept that he lost and most viewers felt Sam Soliman won anyway. Ask for a rematch and get over with it.Posted March 4, 2013 5:28 pm
Swedish Boxing Fan
Sturm is not a bad boxer in my view but I’m honest here and I’m haven’t been impressed with Sturm’s performance in the ring and he being a world title holder since 2004 and I believe I never will be impressed on him in the ring ever. Sorry but he made me very disappointed a few years back and he have so far shown NO interest to fight the very best yet.
stop the whining…Posted March 4, 2013 5:14 pm
The crooked IBF didn’t do the right thing against Lamont Peterson, so don’t expect that sorry alphabet sanctioning organization to do right this, unless it is like I know — lookout organization for dark-skinned cheats. A black on PEDs barely ever get suspended by the IBF. A paid-off doctor will just rationalize it.Posted March 4, 2013 3:36 pm
The IBF didn’t declare a no contest after Peterson tested positive, what makes anyone think these corrupt people will do it now!Posted March 4, 2013 2:23 pm
Always liked Sam but if he cheated screw him,pay the price.Again why nothing on Wach when he got caught with doping in the k-bro. fight???Posted March 4, 2013 1:51 pm
I agree with Sturm here, but he’s in no way an ambassador of the sport. Ambassadors of the sport wouldn’t duck a dangerous mandatory for 2 years straight.Posted March 4, 2013 12:56 pm
The reason why Sam is so “knowlegable” about doping, and had an expert by his side is clearly cause he thought he could find a loophole through the system. Maybe his “epert” by himseide told him to take a certain something which shouldn’t show up. People need to respect Felix Sturm, who has always been a fantastic ambassador for the sport.Posted March 4, 2013 11:23 am
I’m with Felix on this. Sam is a cheat. Unbelievable the amount of negative feedback Felix got when it was Sam’s results which tested positive. Well all that negative feedack were from aussies and britards no doubt.Posted March 4, 2013 11:21 am