IBF World Middleweight Title Eliminator
Felix Sturm (72,45 Kg / 159,72 lbs) vs. Predrag Radosevic (71,65 Kg / 157,96 lbs) Continue reading
Felix Sturm: “I’m glad to be back in Dortmund. I changed a lot of things in preparation for this fight and will be way more professional than I have been in the past. I thought my talent would get me through. Make no mistake, I always trained hard but I did some wrong things in between my camps. In enjoyed life a bit too much, even though I don’t drink or smoke. That has changed. You haven’t seen the true Felix Sturm recently but I promise you will on July 6 against an motivated and unbeaten opponent in Predrag Radosevic. If you want, you could say you are in for Felix Sturm 2.0.”
Fritz Sdunek, Trainer Felix Sturm: “We will work hard to get a big win against Radosevic. I have no doubt in my mind that Felix will show a master performance in Dortmund.”
Predrag Radosevic: “He is a big name but that does not scare me at all. I will use this opportunity to prove myself as an elite fighter. I’m unbeaten and I’ll stay so in July.” Continue reading
Cologne, May 24th 2013. He is back! Felix Sturm (34), the long-time Middleweight Champion of the World (WBA Super-Champion, twelve successful title defense), is eager to get back to the top of the boxing world and July 6th, 2013 will mark the first step towards that goal, when Sturm returns to the ring at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. His world-rated opponent will presumably be announced during the next week. The bout will be broadcasted live in Germany by SAT.1.
After a close loss via split decision to current IBF world champion Daniel Geale and the scandal-ridden fight with Sam Soliman, who was disqualified by the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer after failing a doping test following the bout, Sturm is out to silence his critics: Continue reading
According to an Australian press report, middleweight contender Sam Soliman has allegedley admitted that he took the stimulant “oxilofrine” before his recent bout with former world champion Felix Sturm in February.
Journalist Ron Reed wrote in an article, which was published on 3/28/2013 in the Australian newspaper “Harald Sun” and later tweeted by Sam Soliman on his official Twitter account (@samkingsoliman), that “he [Soliman] has landed in trouble because he used a drink he bought from a suburban health food shop after being assured by the supplier and the manufacturer it did not contain a banned substance” and further that “private testing has confirmed it was a caffeine formula drink, similar to coffee, that Soliman purchased to help counter the effects of broken sleep during training.“
The German-born Weber is already a national hero in his native country Tunisia: “It would be a dream-come-true to fight for a world title over there.”
German-based light middleweight prospect Maurice Weber has a clear vision on his future in professional boxing. Promoted by his good friend Felix Sturm, the 31-years old, once-beaten fighter wants to get to the top of the 154 pound division: “My goal is to become champion of the world. The first one in the Sturm Box-Promotion stable. I want to make Felix, my fans, friends and family proud. And I believe I can do it, I believe I can hang in there with the best fighters in my class.”
The past, however, has not always been bright for the smart and outspoken Weber. He suffered his first and only career loss in 2008, a disputed decision to Frederic Serre, fighting with a seriously injured right hand that almost cost him his career. Doctors told Weber that “I would never fight again”. But he never gave up and ultimately was able to comeback three years later on the undercard of Felix Sturm’s title defense against Michael Murray. He is 5-0 with 2 KOs since the injury and is looking forward to bigger, better things. “I’m not afraid of anyone and I believe I’ll get my chance to prove this to the world.” Continue reading
“This feels like a movie to me. In my opinion Soliman should do himself a favour, stop lying and confess his wrongdoing. His A-sample was positive and that was confirmed by both the NADA and the WADA. Come on, Sam, stop lying. Or a you trying to tell me that someone slipped you a drug? One that’s difficult to find? That makes no sense to me. No sense at all.
He had a doctor at his side, who was specialized in doping. He told my team about all those different tests I had to do. He knew everything about the matter. I never saw a fighter bringing a doping expert to a fight.
Soliman has asked his lawyer to look into this. Why does he do that? If he is so sure about his innocence, why doesn’t he open the B-sample instead? Come to Germany, Sam, and monitor the procedure. And take your doctor with you, I figure he is an expert on the topic. Continue reading
Sam Soliman denied reports that he failed a drug test taken before his win over Felix Sturm last month. Soliman was informed of reports by his manager David Stanley this morning.
Stanley told AAP: “He’s absolutely gobsmacked because this (anti-doping) is a very important principle that he lives by. We understand this has all come out of the Sturm camp. I’m told that the Sturm camp is alleging that Sam has tested positive for an undetectable amphetamine, that’s absolute rubbish. I’m also told that Sturm has identified who he should be fighting next so that he can then fight for the world title. The Soliman camp insisted on drug testing before and after the bout. The reality of it is there is still unfinished business under our contract, because they did not comply with any of the testing points as in steroids. I’ve contacted the Australian anti-doping commission to get them to get into contact with the German group because there are irregularities all over the place on this against someone who is vehemently opposed to any form of performance-enhancing drug use.” Continue reading
by Tommy Bird: Sam Soliman has allegedley failed his post-fight drug test after his controversial decision win against Felix Sturm in Germany last month. German newspaper sources reported today that the A sample of the 39-year old Australian was tested positive for a performance enhancing designer drug.
“I received a letter from NADA today with the news that Soliman’s A sample was positive,” confirmed Thomas Pütz, German boxing president, in an official statement. “They found a designer drug in the urine sample that was taken after the fight with Felix Sturm on February 1st. I’m shocked and already informed the governing bodies.” The substance is an amphetamine that has often been used in cycling and can only be traced since three or four years. It helps produce a higher amount of oxygen and can be dangerous to a human being when misused. Continue reading
Former 3-Time World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm is eager to come back after a disappointing and controversial decision loss to Australian Sam Soliman in Dusseldorf, Germany, three weeks ago.
Sturm, who celebrated his 34th birthday on the day before the Soliman bout, has by now re-watched the fight and has a clear opinion on his performance. He also commented on the controversy caused by Team Soliman in the days leading up to the February 1st clash, had words of advice for IBF champion Daniel Geale (who has to to face mandatory challenger Soliman next) and gave an insight into his future.
Felix Sturm on…
…the Soliman fight: “I had a great start but I made a huge mistake in the second when I let him of the hook. He was hurt, I could have and I should have finished him. But I let him back into the fight and gave the decision into the hand of the judges. I’m not happy with my performance, especially in the middle rounds. This was definitely one of the worst showings of my career and I’m mad that I couldn’t translate my training form into the ring. Continue reading
SAN DIEGO, CA –February 5th 2013 – WealthTV has secured the rights to air the bout between the WBA #2 contender Felix Sturm (37-3, 16KO) and the IBF #1 contender Sam Soliman (42-11, 17KO). The contest received 5 out of 5 star rating from BoxRec.com. Continue reading