Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Sam Soliman is Back in The World Title Hunt

Photos & Report by Brock Ellis

SAM Soliman solidified his place as one of the premier middleweights in the world, returning from a forced lay off to claim an impressive rout over fellow Australian and WBO #8 middleweight Les Sherrington in a one-sided ninth round stoppage at The Melbourne Pavilion overnight.

It was a monstrous task for Sherrington, 31, who entered the bout as a heavy underdog despite stringing together a six-fight win streak against modest opposition. Soliman, 40, was deeply impressive against the motivated Sherrington, systematically breaking down his younger challenger in yet another vintage performance that defied age, logic and common belief, picking up the interim PABA middleweight title in the process.

After three seemingly competitive rounds, Sherrington appeared to struggle with Soliman's range, timing and awkward ring generalship, restricting himself to feints and the occasional swing from distance as he like so many before him found the Soliman puzzle too difficult to solve in a performance that was credible albeit in a losing effort.

Aside from a short interval in the second round, created by an accidental head clash which opened a cut on the top of Sherrington's head, it was ultimately all one way traffic. Sherrington (now 33-7, 19 KOs) showed real grit and admirable courage as he attempted to force his way into the contest several times, never shying away from the task at hand - even when defeat looked inevitable from the mid rounds onwards.

Soliman (now 43-11, 18 KOs) used all of the craftiness garnered over his professional career, using every trick in the book to frustrate and unsettle Sherrington, who was admittedly a first time entrant in a domestic showdown of this calibre. This was highlighted almost immediately, as Soliman left Sherrington in centre ring for almost five minutes pre-fight, leaving an overly enthusiastic audience to endure several repeats of his entrance music.

It was a series of glancing blows that ended the contest as a relentless barrage cornered an overwhelmed Sherrington to take a knee for the second time in as many rounds, leaving Sherrington's corner and head trainer Brendon Smith no choice but to rescue his charge, promptly throwing in the towel as referee Charlie Lucas began his second eight count.

"I want to apologise to my fans, family and sponsors tonight," said Sherrington in his post-fight interview. "A lot of people travelled a long way to see me perform tonight and I feel like I've let them down. Sam was the better man tonight"

A victorious Soliman was at his jovial best after being crowned the winner for the forty-third time in his professional career. However, this mood swiftly changed when interviewed moments after his counter part.

"Les Sherrington took a fight that a lot of fighter's all around the world were offered and refused," an animated Soliman explained. "Felix Sturm failed politically against me, he failed in the ring against me and you know what - I call him a paper champion. I'll put holes through him."

With the victory, Soliman will now force his way into the WBA's top ten in the middleweight division, where he will be greeted by a plethora of lucrative options, with none more lucrative than his assured shot at recently crowned IBF middleweight champion Sturm, which was secured with a contract well before he laced up to face Sherrington.

Follow Brock Ellis on Twitter @brockellis01

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 12-12-2013

even @ 40 years Sam brings it...hope he gets a good $$ fight soon, he's earned it...

Comment by GTL on 12-11-2013

good for him man.. soliman is one of those guys who always comes in supreme shape.. i enjoyed watching him on the contender years ago as well. we need more athletes like him

Comment by Hougigo on 12-11-2013

Soliman vs Sturm rematch incoming

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Ricardo Mayorga Holds Press Conference, Reveals April 1 Return DeGale: Mayweather Came To My Room, I Doubt I'll Work With Him! Cuadras Sides With Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To Take Down Canelo Canelo-Chavez: Big Promotional Tour on Tap, Big Undercard Plans Photos: David Lemieux, Curtis Stevens - Face To Face in Montreal Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin, He's Not The Truth! Photos: Adam Lopez vs. Danny Roman - Official Weigh-in Leo Santa Cruz: I’ll Fight Different Than in First Frampton Bout Froch: I'm Very Confident Callum Smith Beats Anthony Dirrell Juan Jose Velasco Faces Fernando Marin in WBA Regional Clash Oscar Valdez Yearns For Gary Russell Unification Bout Dejan Zlaticanin: I Will Catch Mikey Garcia and Knock Him Out Brooklyn Boxing With a Big 2016, Bigger 2017 is Expected Garcia Feels His Resume Stronger Than Thurman's, Has Proven More Kid Galahad vs. Joseph Agbeko on Eubank-Quinlan PPV Card Dodson Offered Buglioni Title Shot; Would Land On Haye-Bellew Golden Boy Promotions, ESPN Announce Multi-Year TV Deal Callum Smith: If Dirrell is Next in Line For WBC Belt - Let's Do It! Richard Commey, Fredrick Lawson Back in Action on March 11 Michael Conlan on His Relationship With Conor McGregor Trainer: Charlo Should Fight Top 15 Middleweight, Become a Contender Hearn on Brook-Spence: Khan Worth 3 Times More, 3 Times Easier Thurman: Angel Garcia Wants the Limelight; Should Let Son Speak DeGale: Groves Should Drop WBA Shot, Fight Me For The IBF! Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams Showdown in Play For April 8 Callum Smith's Trainer is Not Buying Badou Jack's Weight Issues Haye, Bellew Could Lose Licenses if Further Violence, Says Hearn Dina Thorslund Wants Mikkel Kessler as a Number Boy Lara's Trainer: Canelo is Facing Chavez Jr. at 165, No GGG at 160? Manny Pacquiao is Stumped: I Don't Know Who Jeff Horn is? Gervonta Davis Vows: I Will Be That Next Pay-Per-View Star! Michael Conlan Puts Olympics Behind Him, Has Big Career Goals Marquez Gives Canelo The Clear Edge Over Much Bigger Chavez Jr. Thurman: My Power, Speed Will Rise Above Garcia's 'Swiftness' DeGale-Jack Drew an Average of 454,000 Viewers on Showtime Thurman Hopes He and Garcia Can Draw 8 Million Viewers on CBS Cuadras Warns: Chocolatito Was Afraid, Rungvisai Might KO Him! Rob Brant's Ring Return Moves on With Late Replacement Keith Thurman to Danny Garcia: You’re Getting Knocked Out Badou Jack Vacates WBC Title, Officially Moves Up To 175-Pounds
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement