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Sam Soliman Says Jermain Taylor is Still Very Dangerous

Australia's only remaining globally recognized boxing world champion Sam Soliman says he's enjoying the unfamiliar role of being hunted.

Soliman makes his first defense of his IBF middleweight crown against former multiple world title belt holder Jermain Taylor in Biloxi, Mississippi, on October 8.

Victorian Soliman arrived in New York earlier this week for the final phase of his preparations.

After many years of pursuing the world's best boxers, 40-year-old Soliman is relishing the opposite role.

"I love being the hunted," Soliman told AAP over the phone from his New York Hotel.

"I used to have to chase the best, now the best are chasing me.

"I can pick and choose from the best of them.".

At his peak, just under a decade ago, Taylor was arguably the best middleweight on the planet.

He recorded points wins in back-to-back bouts in 2005 over legendary compatriot Bernard Hopkins, who is still wining world title fights at the age of 49.

Taylor 36, suffered four losses in five fights between 2007 and 2009.

His career was briefly stalled and threatened by a brain bleed.

He was cleared to return to the ring and four successive wins have lifted him back into the world rankings.

Soliman is convinced Taylor is still a dangerous fighter, as he believes the American probably won't get another world title chance if he loses in Biloxi.

"Jermain Taylor has had four wins in a row, his confidence is back again," Soliman said.

"He will come out sharp on his game and be the best he can because he knows this is his last run at me."

Taylor's eventful lead-up to the fight included being arrested and spending a night in jail in late August, on suspicion of domestic battery and aggravated assault in connection with the shooting of a relative.

However Soliman estimated Taylor's vast experience meant those unwanted distractions would have little impact on the challenger's preparations.

"He's had nearly 40 (professional) fights, he's been around the traps," Soliman said of Taylor.

"He's a former Olympian who has had over 100 amateur fights."

Soliman, a renowned gym rat, attributed his success at a relatively late age to his dedication to his craft.

"I think the fact I live in the gym," Soliman said.

"I do all the extras, massage, the stretching, the ice baths, the diet, so it's not just about the training."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tobi.G on 09-26-2014

[QUOTE=LarryXXX;14978559]I honestly don't think you need much power to stop Jermain Taylor. His chin has been suspect.....Hopkins had him on queer street in the 1st fight[/QUOTE] We speaking about Bernard Hopkins here, a legend who also was a decent Puncher…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 09-25-2014

[QUOTE=valero;14978269]Unlike the other white boys that beat Taylor, this one has no power. Once Taylor realizes that Soliman can't hurt him, he'll take over.[/QUOTE] I honestly don't think you need much power to stop Jermain Taylor. His chin has been…

Comment by Eastcoast on 09-25-2014

[QUOTE=valero;14978269]Unlike the other white boys that beat Taylor, this one has no power. Once Taylor realizes that Soliman can't hurt him, he'll take over.[/QUOTE] Like he did with Spinks & Wright back in his prime? This will be a one…

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 09-25-2014

Unlike the other white boys that beat Taylor, this one has no power. Once Taylor realizes that Soliman can't hurt him, he'll take over.

Comment by Tobi.G on 09-25-2014

[QUOTE=techliam;14977533]I hope Soliman wons. He would actually try to unify with Golovkin[/QUOTE] I dont care who wins because both are no threads to GGG. Of course unifying is always a good thing but i still wouldnt be to excited about…

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