Boxing: Soliman Defeats Sturm!

Monday, 2 June 2014  |  Carl


SAM SOLIMAN of Australia won the IBF middleweight title Saturday with a unanimous decision over local favourite Felix Sturm in Krefeld, Germany. One judge scored 117-111 for the new champion, and the other two tallied 118-110.

Soliman was the more active boxer throughout the bout and kept coming at the champion for the entire 12 rounds, his unorthodox smarts proving an insolvable conundrum.

"He won, clearly," Sturm, who landed the bigger punches but too few, conceded. "He kept moving, he was hard to hit."

Sturm may have landed the bigger punches but there were too few of them. Soliman frustrated Sturm with his constant movement, and Sturm appeared lost for answers.

The Australian also won a decision against Sturm in February 2013, but the fight was later ruled a no contest, when Soliman tested positive for a banned stimulant. He was banned for nine months and is currently appealing the verdict.

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