Sturm vs. Soliman
Felix Sturm (72.1 Kg / 158.95 lbs) vs. Sam Soliman (72.35 Kg / 159.50 lbs)
IBF World Middleweight Championship
Susi Kentikian (50.8 Kg / 112 lbs) vs. Dan-Bi Kim (50.4 Kg / 111.11 lbs)
WBA Female World Flyweight Championship
Konni Konrad (79.3 Kg / 174.83 lbs) vs. Mehdi Amar (79.1 Kg / 174.39 lbs)
WBA International Light Heavyweight Title
Maurice Weber (70.7 Kg / 155.87 lbs) vs. Renat Samedovi (71.8 Kg / 158.29 lbs)
10 Rounds – Light Middleweight Bout
Goekalb Oezekler (75.4 Kg / 166.23 lbs) vs. Attila Kiss (75.8 Kg / 167.11 lbs)
6 Rounds – Super Middleweight Bout 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
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
By Jeff Sorby: Former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 16 KO’s) tasted defeat on Friday night in losing a surprising 12 round unanimous decision to 39-year-old Sam Soliman (43-11, 17 KO’s) in an IBF middleweight eliminator bout at the ISS Dome, in Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
The final judges’ scores were 116-111, 114-113 and 114-113. Sturm knocked Soliman down with a hard right hand in the 2nd round, and him in trouble late after almost knocking him down again. However, Sturm stopped throwing as many punches after the 2nd round and that caused the fight to get away from him.
Sturm was still landing the harder punches and tagging Soliman consistently with his jab, but he was letting Soliman out-work him from the 3rd round on. Sturm’ left eye began to swell up after the 5th, and he a lot of problems with Soliman’s unorthodox fighting style. Continue reading
Main Event: Felix Sturm (72,5 Kg / 159.84 lbs) vs. Sam Soliman (72.5 Kg / 159.84 lbs)
IBF World Middleweight Title Eliminator
Susi Kentikian (50,5 Kg / 111.33 lbs) vs. Sanae Jah* (TBA)
WBA Interim Female Flyweight Title
Undercard: Maurice Weber (69,8 Kg / 153.88 lbs) vs. Mariusz Biskupski (69,8 Kg / 153.88 lbs)
6 Rounds at Light Middleweight
Patrick Dobroschi (79,2 Kg / 174.61 lbs) vs. Lolenga Mock (79,0 Kg / 174.17 lbs)
6 Rounds at Light Heavyweight Continue reading
Felix Sturm, Former: 3-Time Middleweight Champion: “I’m excited about Friday. It’s great to be in Dusseldorf and I am in great shape. I had an excellent camp. Some of my sparring partners were able to clone his fighting style and I’m really prepared to fight a guy as unorthodox as Sam. The fight against him will still be very difficult but I’ll prevent him from getting into his rhythm. I need to dictate the pace and the distance and I’m sure I’ll do just that. Sam is a great challenge and I haven’t looked past him. I’m completely focused on him. I want to become champion again and I’ll make the first step towards that goal on Friday night. The fans are in for a real treat.”
Sam Soliman, IBF No. 1 Ranked Middleweight Contender: “I’m happy to be in Germany. This is a tremendous fight. I know I’m going to have lots of fun in the ring; boxing is fun for me. We had a great camp and I won’t let him get into the way of my goal – to become middleweight champion of the world.”
Fritz Sdunek, Trainer Felix Sturm: “I was with Felix for the whole camp and he is in tip-top shape. He will have an answer to everything Sam Soliman will bring on Friday. This won’t be an easy fight, but Felix, I’m sure, will win this convincingly.” Continue reading
Three-Time Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm invited the media to his private gym in Cologne, Germany, today to showcase his training regime and give the journalists an insight into the preparation for his Feb. 1st IBF World Middleweight Title Eliminator against Australian Sam Soliman, which will take place at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf.
Felix Sturm: “I’m on the right track to February 1st. I’m already in great shape and I keep getting better and better. Sam Soliman should be in the best possible shape, because I don’t intend to lose again for the rest of my career. And I want to get to the 50 fight landmark before retiring. To archive that, I have to be more than ready every time I step into the ring – and I’ll make sure that is the case.”
Fritz Sdunek, Coach Felix Sturm: “Felix is doing great. We are having a great camp with great sparring. I thoroughly believe that he will clearly beat Soliman on Feb. 1st.” Continue reading
It was officially announced today that former three-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm and IBF no. 1 ranked contender Sam Soliman will face each other in an IBF World Title Eliminator on February 2, 2013 at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany. The bout will determine the next challenger of the Daniel Geale vs. Anthony Mundine II winner on January 30.
Quotes from the first Press Conference:
Felix Sturm, Three-Time Middleweight Champion: “Sam Soliman is a strong opponent,
there is a reason why is the IBF no. 1 contender. My fight against Daniel Geale is in the past. Naturally, we want the rematch since this would be one of the biggest fights at 160. But right now, I’m completely focused on Sam. I want to prove something to the world and make the next step to my fourth world title. Nothing will go wrong this time. Even a close win wouldn’t be satisfying for me.”
Fritz Sdunek, Trainer Felix Sturm: “I will be with Felix for the complete camp this time. We had some scheduling problems before the Geale but because Vitali Klitschko fought the week after, but now, he is my only focus. Sam Soliman is a strong, a difficult opponent, who builds enormous pressure. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that Felix will beat him on February 2nd. Continue reading