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Sturm v Soliman rematch set for May 31 in Krefeld

Phil Jay 01/04/2014

IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm is set to make the first defence of his new title against old foe Sam Soliman on May 31 at the König Palast in Krefeld, Germany.

The 35 year-old, who won his third recognised belt when stopping Darren Barker in two rounds last December, has agreed to face the Australian following their controversial meeting in February 2013.

At the time, Soliman, 40, was awarded a unanimous verdict by the judges in Dusseldorf, only to be stripped of his victory by the BDB after traces of a banned substance were said to have been found in his system.

Although Soliman has vehemently denied any wrong-doing on numerous occasions in the past, the result was changed to a no-contest and the veteran will now have to do it all again in the late spring.

The former Contender USA star has fought just once since that fateful night at the ISS Dome, when dispatching of compatriot Les Sherrington in nine rounds on home soil before Christmas, and will now aim to finally win a world title at the third time of asking.

Undercard fights for the world title card will be announced shortly.

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