Australian Sam Soliman finally claimed a world title at the third time of asking after a one-side decision victory over a jaded Felix Sturm in Krefeld, Germany.
‘King’ Soliman picked up the IBF middleweight belt at the age of 40, winning against the odds away from home, by recording a second win against the three-time world title holder in fifteen months.
The veteran never looked in danger of losing the fight, which was a contrast to their first meeting in February 2013, although that was ultimately scratched from his record after a positive drugs test.
Ex-Contender star Soliman pushed his record to 44-11 with 18 KO’s, whilst Sturm drops 39-4-2, and the German will have to think long and hard about whether he wants to rebuild after effectively suffering a third loss in his last five contests.
Judges carded scores of 118-110 twice and 117-111 to cap a resoundingly good performance by Soliman, who now has two potential foes in Daniel Geale and Anthony Mundine in line for blockbuster clashes on home soil.
On the undercard, Susi Kentikian defended her world title with a ninth round stoppage, whilst Konni Konrad could only manage a draw with Medhi Amar in what was another shock result.
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