On February 1, 2013 Sam Soliman scored what he thought was a unanimous decision win over Felix Strum in a 12 round bout that took place in Dusseldorf, Germany but the victory was short lived as Soliman was stripped of the win after testing positive for traces of an illegal stimulant. Soliman will get his shot at redemption and revenge on May 31 in a bout that he has pointed towards ever since the controversy. Sam Soliman will take on Felix Sturm for the IBF middleweight title on May 31 from Konig Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein – Westfallen, Germany. Sturm opened as a -410 chalk with the Boxing odds while Soliman opened as a +310 dog.
Sam “King” Soliman
The 40 year old Sam Soliman stands at 5 feet 8 and one half inches tall with a reach of 70 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. A native and resident of Melbourne, Australia, Soliman has a career record of 43 wins, 11 losses, and 0 draws and is the 2nd ranked Australian middleweight while ranking 5th in the world.
Felix “The Fighter” Sturm
Felix Sturm is 35 years of age and is a native of Cologne, Nordrhein – Westfalen, Germany and now resides in Leverkusen. Sturm stands at 5 feet 11 and 1 half inches tall with a reach of 73 inches. He is the top ranked German middleweight and is ranked 2nd in the world. Sturm has a career record of 39 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws. Out of his 39 wins 18 have come by knockout while just 1 out of his 3 losses came by knockout. Sturm is coming off a technical knockout win over Darren Barker in the 2nd round of a scheduled 12 round bout that took place on December 7, 2013 in a match that was for the IBF middleweight title. Prior to that he scored a TKO win over Predrag Radosevic in the 4th round of a scheduled 12 round bout that took place on July 6, 2013.
Soliman gets a great price here and has proven he can hang with Sturm. Sam Soliman gets the call!