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Felix Sturm With No Excuses: Sam Soliman Clearly Won

Australia's Sam Soliman has won the IBF middleweight boxing title with a unanimous points win over Germany's Felix Sturm, in Krefeld, Germany. The 40-year-old Melburnian showed enormous reserves of fitness to dominate the fight. Americans John Poturaj and Don Trella both scored it 118-110 while their Polish colleague Miroslaw Brozio had him ahead 117-111.

"He won, clearly," Sturm conceded after the fight. "He kept moving, he was hard to hit."

It was the sweetest win of all for 17-year professional Soliman, who outpointed 35-year-old Sturm in Germany in February 2013.

However, the German boxing commission later altered that result to a no-contest after announcing Soliman returned a positive drug test for an illegal stimulant.

His B sample later tested clean for any prohibited substances.

That was a non-title bout, but with the belt on the line this time, Soliman produced an emphatic performance.

He comprehensively outworked the defending champion, landing a lot more punches.

Sturm had no answer to Soliman's swarming style, though on one occasion late in the bout, he looked as though he may have hurt the Australian.

Soliman quickly resumed his dominance and was well on top at the end.

He was warned by American referee Eddie Cotton in the third round for some of his tactics, but as he promised before the bout, never lost his composure.

"I wanted to take the fight to him," Soliman said.

Soliman improved his overall record to 44-11 (18 KOs) and stretched his winning streak to six years.

Sturm's record dropped to 39-4-2 (18 KOs).

Soliman's win has set up a potential all Australian matchup with former IBF champion Daniel Geale, who was the next highest ranked contender behind the Victorian.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ColdBlooded on 06-01-2014

[QUOTE=Jloro;14611654]Whatt lol I wonder where the belt will go next lmfao[/QUOTE] I could see a Soliman Geale fight happening. The top two Australian middleweights fighting for the only belt available to them.

Comment by Jloro on 06-01-2014

Whatt lol I wonder where the belt will go next lmfao

Comment by Cinci Champ on 06-01-2014

[QUOTE=Holywarrior;14610573]Told ya'll sam would win![/QUOTE] dont be that guy

Comment by Holywarrior on 05-31-2014

Told ya'll sam would win!

Comment by any craic lad? on 05-31-2014

Very disappointed haven't seen the fight but have seen most had Soliman winning glad Felix hasn't offered up any excuses.Probably time to retire

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