Sam Soliman Hits Back at Report of Failed Drug Test

Australian boxer Sam Soliman is "absolutely gobsmacked" by a report that he failed a drug test taken before his win over former WBA champion Felix Sturm in their IBF middleweight title eliminator in Germany last month.

Federation of German Professional Boxers president Thomas Puetz has told German daily Bild that Soliman's urine sample tested positive for an undisclosed banned substance.

Putz said a "difficult to detect designer drug with stimulating effects was found" following 39-year-old Soliman's unanimous decision win over Sturm in Dusseldorf on February 1.

No.1 IBF contender Soliman was informed of the Bild report by his manager David Stanley on Sunday morning.

"He's absolutely gobsmacked because this (anti-doping) is a very important principle that he lives by," Stanley told AAP.

Stanley, who is in the midst of negotiating a fight between Soliman and IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Geale later this year, said he was awaiting official notification after the positive test claim.

He described it as "unfounded allegations, absolute rubbish" and "an act of absolute desperation."

"We understand this has all come out of the Sturm camp," Stanley said.

"I'm told that the Sturm camp is alleging that Sam has tested positive for an undetectable amphetamine, that's absolute rubbish.

"I'm also told that Sturm has identified who he should be fighting next so that he can then fight for the world title.

"This is an act of absolute desperation.

"I've contacted the Australian anti-doping commission to get them to get into contact with the German group because there are irregularities all over the place on this against someone who is vehemently opposed to any form of performance-enhancing drug use."

The Soliman camp insisted on drug testing before and after the bout.

"The reality of it is there is still unfinished business under our contract, because they did not comply with any of the testing points as in steroids," Stanley said.

"We went into that fight without that clause and it meant a lot of anguish in that last week.

"These are unfounded allegations coming from the Sturm camp."

Soliman can present his case at a hearing. Puetz said he would inform Germany's National Anti-Doping Agency and the IBF of the positive test.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BattlingNelson on 03-04-2013

Test result: [IMG],c=0,h=554.bild.jpeg[/IMG] So Soliman was positive for Methylsynephrine.The lab that did the test was Institut für Bio-Chemie in Cologne.

Comment by Tyrone Biggums! on 03-04-2013

Australia just had a massive P.E.D scandal Next Sonny Bill Williams vs Botha Scandal Then Australian swim team admits to ****ing each other with tranquilizers "for a laugh" Now Soliman fails a drugs test Australian sport is getting the ****…

Comment by BattlingNelson on 03-04-2013

[QUOTE=taansend;13108378]I am implying that boxing is a dirty sport & nothing surprises me about it anymore.[/QUOTE] I'd be surprised if the lab that did the testing is not independent and approved by authorities. I am not surprised that cheaters are…

Comment by taansend on 03-04-2013

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;13108361]Are you implying that the lab doing the testing is not approved by the anti doping authorities?[/QUOTE] I am implying that boxing is a dirty sport & nothing surprises me about it anymore.

Comment by BattlingNelson on 03-04-2013

[QUOTE=taansend;13106420]I'll be honest Bat, it wouldn't surprise me if some shenanigans were involved from the German end.[/QUOTE] Are you implying that the lab doing the testing is not approved by the anti doping authorities?

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