Former middleweight world champion Sam Soliman will fight fellow Australian Wes Capper next month for an international belt and wants a fourth shot at old adversary Anthony Mundine.
The 44-year-old Victorian veteran Soliman take on Western Australian Wes Capper (19-2, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF international middleweight title on March 17 at the Melbourne Pavilion.
Soliman (45-14, 19 KOs) lost three-successive bouts after holding the IBF title briefly in 2014.
He returned to the winner's circle with a stoppage of Hungarian Balasz Horvath last April in Melbourne.
Capper, 15 years younger than Soliman, was only eight in 1997 when the Victorian turned professional.
"People say that father time catches up with us all but, for me ... not yet,," Soliman said.
"I'm still hungry, and the training, discipline and the preparation and experience required to make sure that I am in the shape necessary to give my best when I get into the ring is now part of my DNA."
Soliman's manager David Stanley said there had been talks about the winner of the March 17 bout going on to fight Mundine, who had defeated the Victorian in all three of their fights.
IN OTHER NEWS: The last time Ray Lampkin, Jr. appeared on a Battle at the Boat card he handed an undefeated fighter his first career loss.
He’ll look to duplicate that feat on March 17, but this time in the main event.
Lampkin, who is a perfect 11-0, will square off against fellow unbeaten Giovanni Mioletti Cabrera (10-0) in a highly-anticipated junior lightweight clash at Battle at the Boat 115 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
“Training has been great. I’ve been in a two-month long camp, Sugar Bert Boxing Program located in Doraville, Georgia,” Lampkin said. “The fans and EQC should expect a great night of boxing from me. (I’m going to have a) high-paced punch count. (I’m) bringing it all. I can't afford a loss so I've been working and preparing for war.”
The six-bout card will also feature three additional undefeated fighters on the undercard, including Fatlum Zhuta, who will face former Contender TV show star, Walter Wright, in a 6-round super middleweight featured bout.