Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Simon vs Soliman: Benjamin Eyes Sturm, Sylvester, More

In the history of professional boxing there has never been a division as much dominated by German fighters as the middleweight right now. With Felix Sturm (WBA), Sebastian Sylvester (IBF) and Sebastian Zbik (WBC) there are three reigning world middleweight champions from Germany, and a fourth man is only waiting for his chance to get a shot at a title: IBF intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon will face Australia’s "King“ Sam Soliman on April 1st in Berlin in an IBF Elimination fight for the no. 2 spot and a possible shot against Sylvester.

"My goal is very simple: I want to fight for a world title this year and I want to become world champion", states Simon.

So far the 28 year-old with the impressive physique of a bodybuilder has won 20 of his 21 pro-fights including 19 stoppages. But although he holds wins over rugged veterans like Rashid Matumla and Zoltan Kalocsai, the elimination fight against Soliman will be a big step up for "Iron Ben".

"We know that this is Ben’s toughest test so far but we also know that he is ready for this fight" says trainer and manager Robert Rolle. "We have worked very hard to get to where we are right now. And if Ben shows at the fight what he is showing me in training every day, I am sure that he will simply destroy Soliman. I think Ben’s power will be too much for the Australian although we know that Soliman is very experienced and has been in the ring with some of the greatest fighters in the world."

With his 37 years Sam Soliman is nearly ten years older than his German foe. He is a multiple (and multi-division) Australian and Pan Pacific champion and has challenged fellow Aussie Anthony Mundine for the WBA super middleweight championship twice (losing by ko and unanimous decision). Soliman holds wins over Sakio Bika (in October 2002) and Enrique Ornelas (in November 2006) and lost a close decision to Ronald "Winky" Wright in December 2005. He is the reigning World Boxing Foundation and IBF Pan Pacific middleweight champion and is certainly not just coming to Germany to collect his purse.

"Of course, Soliman will do all he can to win the fight“, says Simon. „But all he can won’t be enough against me."

The elimination bout headlines a card put together by ARENA Sports-Promotion in association with Prime Time Event & Entertainment on April 1st at "digibet Pferdesportpark" in Berlin, Germany. Eurosport will broadcast live from Berlin on April 1st from 9.00pm to 11.00pm Central European Time.

Besides the middlweight clash between Simon and Soliman the show also features fast rising German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper, heavyweight contenders Alexander Petkovic, Goran Gogic, Yakup Saglam and Gbenga Oloukun as well as light heavyweight prospect Varol Vekiloglu. In addition to that Prime Time director Eva Rolle presents two female IBF world championship bouts featuring Rola El-Halabi (vs. Irma Balijagic Adler) and Jennifer Retzke (vs. Eva Halasi).

"We are looking forward to a great night of boxing", says promoter Ahmet Oner. "I am sure that we will put together a great show with lots of interesting fights. Of course, we are taking a risk with the fight between Simon and Soliman. But if Ben wants to fight for a world title he has to prove that he can handle guys like Soliman and I am convinced that he will pass this test."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bomb_on_you on 02-28-2011

Ben Simon is nothing but a kun't that Samuel is gonna fuk

Comment by cleaner147 on 02-28-2011

fukk off Benny I dont give you a shot at beatin Soliman.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares - CompuBox Historical Review Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams - CompuBox Historical Review Sergey Lipinets Stops Lenny Z in Grueling IBF Eliminator Mason Menard Expects Best Beltran, Ready For His Big Moment Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko - Go Face To Face! Anthony Joshua Demolishes Molina in Three, Klitschko Next Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares - LIVE Results From LA Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Dillian Whyte Gets Bruising Split Nod Over Dereck Chisora Ivan Baranchyk Will Look To Close Out The Year in Style Dereck Chisora vs. Dillian Whyte - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Katie Taylor Dominates Viviane Obenauf Over Six Rounds Scott Quigg Drills Jose Cayatano in Featherweight Debut Lipinets' Manager Moving Him Fast: "This is a Special Guy" Kal Yafai Drops, Dominates Luis Concepcion To Win WBA Title Jeff Horn's Coach Confident: We Can Beat Pacquiao, I Know How! Callum Smith With Brutal Knockout of Luke Blackledge Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina - CompuBox Historical Review Photo: Shannon Briggs, Tyson Fury - Face To Face in Manchester Joseph Parker Eyes Wilder, Joshua - Wants Unifications Luis Ortiz Stops David Allen: Benn, Morrison Win Jose Cayetano Plans To Target Quigg's Repaired Jaw For KO Win Charlo: I’m A Bigger, Better, Faster Fighter Than Julian Williams Tureano Johnson To Return on Vargas-Berchelt Card, Jan. 28 Williams Criticizes Charlo's Biggest Wins Versus Bundrage, Trout John Molina's Trainer Predicts 'A War' With Terence Crawford Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares: Pre-Fight Report Card Artur Akavov May Move Down to 154 After Saunders Loss Jermall Charlo a Razor-Thin Favorite Against Julian Williams Joseph Parker Edges Andy Ruiz To Capture WBO Title Hughie Fury World Title Shot is Coming Soon, Says Frank Warren Joshua Vows: There Will Be a KO - Molina Will Tire and I'll Unload! Unbeaten Jeff Horn Overcomes Knockdown; Stops Ali Funeka in Sixth Froch Ridicules Golovkin: Your Best Wins Are Murray, Macklin! Making Cotto-Kirkland a PPV is Not a Healthy Start to New Year Video: Shawn Porter Discusses His Future, Predicts Fights Lenny Z Sees Freddie Roach as Difference Maker in Lipinets Bout Video: Demetrius Andrade on Culcay Fight, Wanting Erislandy Lara Schaefer: I Sort of Left on Top, Boxers Are Happy To Have Me Back!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement