By Adrian Warren
Sam Soliman has shown Felix Sturm how seriously he is taking their IBF middleweight world title eliminator next month by insisting on drug testing before and after the bout.
The winner of the fight in Dusseldorf on February 2 (AEDT) will get a crack at the victor of the January 30 world title contest in Sydney between IBF champion Daniel Geale and fellow Australian Anthony Mundine.
Victorian veteran Soliman left Australia on January 15 and has spent the past week training in London.
He will head to Germany on Thursday when the fighters are scheduled to have the first round of drug testing.
"There was a little bit of argy bargy in the negotiations about that," Soliman's manager David Stanley told AAP.
"We've got that performance-enhancing drug testing going on with the German national drug testing authority, and the drug testing will (also) be at the conclusion of the bout."
Stanley was able to play hardball with the promoters on the issue as No.1 contender Soliman wasn't obliged to fight Sturm and could have just waited for his mandatory crack at the title.
"We've been in the No.1 position and we were prepared to walk away from this bout at any stage," Stanley said.
"They needed the bout more than we did.
"Sam had his position, but Sam is a triple A fighter, anywhere, anytime, anyone and he and we saw the he benefit to Sam personally from a financial point of view as well."
Soliman, whose bout with Sturm will be shown live in Australia on Main Event, is tipping Geale to beat Mundine.
Team Soliman have watched the tape of Geale's points win over former WBA Middleweight Super champion Sturm in Germany last year.
"They see a couple of things in there that they are going to exploit on the night," Stanley said.
"It's going to be the test of the boxing side of Team Soliman, to see if Sam can actually execute on the night."
Stanley said Soliman was at the top of his game after doing two training sessions a day in a London gym previously frequented by former heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson.
"He's been running in Hyde Park in the snow. It just shows you the commitment, but its been fun," Stanley said.
"When it comes to diet and every part of his preparation, he's not wavering through any of it - he's absolutely enjoying it."
Tags: Felix Sturm , Sam Soliman , Sturm-Soliman , Sturm vs Soliman