Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Soliman Remains in Line For Geale vs. Barker Winner

The IBF has retained Sam Soliman as its No.1-ranked middleweight contender while waiting for an appeal against a drug test result earlier this year.

The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has decided to keep Sam Soliman as its No.1-rated middleweight contender, while the Australian waits for the result of his appeal against a ban for a drug test in Germany earlier this year.

The decision means Soliman is still on course for a mandatory shot at the title of compatriot Daniel Geale, who makes a voluntary defence against Englishman Darren Barker next month.

Soliman's manager David Stanley expects to finalise his fighter's next opponent within two weeks.

He is in discussions with the connections of a number of top-five ranked fighters across different organisations.

The German Bund Deutscher Berufsboxwer (BDB), banned Soliman for nine months after declaring he had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug following his win over Felix Sturm in Dusseldorf back in February.

The BDB also altered the result to a no-contest.

The Soliman camp subsequently lodged an appeal with the BDB after revealing the Australian boxer's B sample cleared him of taking any illicit substances under IBF drug protocols.

Stanley said the ban had been suspended after the appeal was lodged.

Team Soliman put their case to the IBF at its recent annual conference in Berlin and it has ruled the Australian will hold onto his No.1 ranking.

Sturm was given the No.3 rating and will fight fourth-ranked contender, Predrag Radosevic, in Germany on July 6 in an IBF title eliminator for the No.2 position.

While Soliman could be in the mix for the next mandatory challenge due in late 2013, it's more likely he will have his IBF mandated shot in mid-2014.

Patient Soliman, 39, hasn't lost a fight in five years.

"The IBF's decision acknowledges I did not knowingly take any substance that was performance-enhancing and that I did not take any substance that was listed as banned in the IBF bout agreement that I signed for the Sturm fight," Soliman said.

"I am extremely grateful and relieved with the result.

"My determination to become the IBF's world middleweight champion is unwavering.

"I'm back on track and it's a good feeling. I'm only two fights away from tasting the glory.

"I'm training hard and am in the best form of my boxing career."

Tags: Sam Soliman image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ИATAS on 07-01-2013

[QUOTE=Mikhnienko;13521883]Lulz What? Geale will jump at the chance for another Australian Super Fight!! You know it's true.[/QUOTE] Probably. But HBO is clearly trying to set this up. They wouldn't pick up Geale vs Barker if they didn't so I'm betting…

Comment by Hougigo on 07-01-2013

[QUOTE=Clegg;13521797]With all the dispute over the drug test, a lot of people seem to forget that everyone who saw the fight had Soliman losing. He must've outbid Sturm when negotiating with the judges.[/QUOTE] Yea, I was surprised too. Even if…

Comment by Mikhnienko on 07-01-2013

[QUOTE=ИATAS;13521848]**** off Soliman. Geale/Barker winner is fighting Golovkin.[/QUOTE] Lulz What? Geale will jump at the chance for another Australian Super Fight!! You know it's true.

Comment by T18Z on 07-01-2013

[QUOTE=ИATAS;13521848]**** off Soliman. Geale/Barker winner is fighting Golovkin.[/QUOTE] Exactly, Soliman can fck right off and let Triple G do his duty of destroying everyone in the MW division.

Comment by ИATAS on 07-01-2013

**** off Soliman. Geale/Barker winner is fighting Golovkin.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Duva: 'Irrelevant' Stevenson Has No Interest in Fighting Kovalev Eubank Sr: I Don't See How George Groves Will Go The Distance Wanheng Menayothin Goes for 49-0 in Upcoming Defense Pedro Guevara on Shiro Loss: In Mexico I Could've Gotten Decision McCullough, McCarthy, Ward and Crocker Eager For More Nathaniel Gallimore Stays Busy With Knockout Victory Parker: I'll Make Tyson Fury Rich By Knocking Anthony Joshua Out! Agron Smakici: I Want To Fight With Alexander Dimitrenko Pacquiao Fed Up With Politics, Roach Hopes He Stops Boxing Vijender Singh Expects To Face Rocky Fielding in March Shabranskyy Prepared To Do Everything Possible To Beat Kovalev Chocolatito To Return in April or May, Possibly on Canelo-GGG II Rey Vargas Expects Fireworks With Oscar Negrete at MSG Devon Alexander: I'm Ready To Fight Anybody Out There Jermall Charlo vs. Hugo Centeno in Play For WBC Interim-Belt Team Parker Dare 'Glass Chin' Joshua To Accept 65-35 or Else Devon Alexander Out-Classes Castillo in First Fight in Two Years Gennady Golovkin is Honored By The Mayor of Mexico City Miguel Cruz Cut, Conquers David Grayton, Wins Decision Arum: Terence Crawford Will Face Horn-Corcoran Winner Next Bellew's Coach Rejects Tyson Fury For 12/17: No Way! Jerwin Ancajas Headed For Big 2018, 'SuperFly' in His Future? Dillian Whyte Erupts: Tony Bellew is a Coward, Disgusting Attitude! Parker Promoter: Joshua is A Lot of Hype, Softer Than Wilder Antoine Douglas vs. Spike O'Sullivan on Saunders-Lemieux Card Euro News: Robert Helenius Update, Soro, Madsen, Jur, More Sullivan Barrera: Valera Just Tried to Survive in Loss to Bivol Floyd Mayweather Inks Deal To Be Character in New Poker Game Errol Spence: My Goal is To Unify Welterweight Division in 2018 Groves-Eubank WBSS Semifinal Set for February 17 in Manchester Devon Alexander: My Opioid Addiction Kept Me Out of The Ring Cotto Recalls KO Win Over Ricardo Torres Put Him "On the Map" Duva: Kovalev Still Man to Beat in Light Heavyweight Division Tony Bellew Has Options in Fallout of David Haye Rematch Zolani Tete Explains Record Breaking Knockout, The Aftermath Frank Warren on Frampton's Win, Tete's Big KO, Conlan's Loss Saunders: Khan on Celeb Show For 100K, Fight Brook For Millions! Golovkin's Promoter: We're Ready, Canelo Just Has To Say "Yes' Bellew's Coach: We Are Devastated That David Haye Withdrew Arum: HBO's Nelson is an Amateur, SHO's Espinoza is Competent!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement