Defending IBF world middleweight champion Sam Soliman will have the opportunity to defend his title belt for the first time on October 4 as he will face challenger Jermain Taylor at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA in a scheduled 12 round bout. Sam “King” Soliman opened as a -285 favorite with the Boxing odds while Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor was a +225 dog.
The 40 year old Sam Soliman is a native of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where he still resides. Soliman stands at five feet eight and one half inches tall with a reach of 70 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Soliman has a career record of 44 wins, 11 losses, and 0 draws. Out of Soliman’s 44 wins, 18 have come by knockout while just one out of his 11 career losses have come by knockout. Soliman is coming off a 12 round unanimous decision win over Felix Sturm on May 31, 2014 for the IBF world middleweight title in a bout that took place in Germany. Prior to that Soliman scored a technical knockout win over Les Sherrington in the ninth round of a scheduled 12 round bout that took place on December 11, 2013 for the vacant interim PABA middleweight title.
The 36 year old Jermain Taylor stands at six feet one inch tall with a reach of 74 and one half inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Taylor is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA and resides in Maumelle, Arkansas. Taylor has a career record of 32 wins, four losses, and one draw. Out of Taylor’s 32 wins a total of 20 have come by knockout while three out of Taylor’s four career losses have come by knockout. Taylor is coming off a technical knockout win over Juan Carlos Candelo on December 14, 2013 in the seventh round of a scheduled 10 round bout that took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Prior to that Taylor scored a knockout win over Raul Munoz. Taylor has won four bouts in a row after losing four out of the previous five before that. Taylor is a former WBC and WBO world middleweight champion.
Taylor has shown good improvement as of late but we are going with Taylor!