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Sturm on Soliman: Positive test explains a lot

Phil Jay 02/03/2013

Former world middleweight king Felix Sturm has reacted to reports that latest opponent Sam Soliman has tested positive for a banned substance in the wake of their February 1 battle.

Sturm, 34, was out-pointed by the Australian at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf as the German suffered a second successive defeat, although could now have the loss scratched from his record if Soliman’s ‘B’ sample is confirmed.

“Incredible, this explains a lot,” Sturm told World Boxing News.

“I was harassed before the fight with several blood tests and then he cheats himself. It’s a sad day for boxing.”

Sturm’s manager Roland Bebak added: “We hope for justice and a new chance for Felix.”

39 year-old Soliman was due to face compatriot Daniel ‘The Real Deal’ Geale for the IBF title at 160lbs in the coming months, but that is in doubt after the revelation was announced earlier today.

Three-time world title holder Sturm may now push for the result of the fight to be changed to a no decision.