Soliman Cruises Past Lorenzo, Earns Mandatory Title Shot

Sam Soliman punched his way to one more title shot after a dominant showing against Giovani Lorenzo in their middleweight title eliminator Friday evening in Geelong, Australia.

Scores were 117-110, 118-109 and 118-108 in their 12-round main event in favor of Soliman, who is now the mandatory challenger to IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale.

The theme was the same throughout the bout. Soliman was the much busier fighter while Lorenzo sought to land one big punch at a time. Soliman overcame a slow start to outwork the Dominican challenger to the point of the fight becoming a rout.

Lorenzo has endured his share of bad luck on the road in the past, almost always complaining of robbery in the end. There was no disputing the outcome this time around, as the former title challenger was dominated from round two onward.

Soliman put an exclamation point on the win with two knockdowns in the final round. The 38-year old has now won seven straight as he improves to 42-11-1 (17KO). The win puts him in line to potentially fight for two belts, as Geale is slated for a unification bout with Felix Sturm early next month. 

Lorenzo falls to 31-5 (23KO). All five losses have come within his last 10 contests, including failed title bids against Sebastian Sylvester and Felix Sturm. 


Andrew Wallace survived his toughest test to date in outlasting Terry Tzouramanis in a battle of unbeaten super lightweights. In the end, Wallace (8-0-3, 2KO) prevailed by split decision. Scores were 78-74 and 77-76 for Wallace, while the lone dissenting judge had it 77-76 in favor of Tzouramanis (7-1-1, 4KO).

Azat Hovhannisyan (3-1, 3KO) has now won three straight since losing his pro debut last April. The super featherweight enjoyed an easy night's work in preliminary action, scoring two knockdowns en route to a third round stoppage of Michael Wood (0-1, 0KO).

Kane McKay (9-9-2, 4KO) defeated Peter Brennan (9-20-4, 2KO) via unanimous decision. Scores were 39-37 (twice) and 39-36 in their four-round cruiserweight battle, which opened the show.
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by perfect jet on 08-25-2012

Nicest guy you would ever meet in the sport. Has time to talk to anyone. Cant sit through more than three rounds of his fights though. Too painfull. But it worka for him so....

Comment by Jr John on 08-24-2012

great result for king sam"one of the nicest guys in the sport"just hope that danny geale beats sturm though mega fight downunder for the belts,come on danny.

Comment by UTEP on 08-24-2012

[SIZE="2"][B][QUOTE=Corelone][/B][/SIZE] 1. Carlos Molina 2. Paulie Malignani 3. Sam Soliman... [SIZE="5"][B]Pure boxers[/B][/SIZE] Damn right, good post. I also appreciate thier ring savviness.

Comment by Corelone on 08-24-2012

1. Carlos Molina 2. Paulie Malignani 3. Sam Soliman... Pure boxers, no sock in the bunch. It takes a lot of nerve getting in the ring knowing you're outgunned most of the time. These guys dance better than Fred Astaire.

Comment by UTEP on 08-24-2012

Too bad I cant see him fight anymore here in the U.S. His style is entertaining and crazy. Winky Wright's most exciting fight was against King Soliman. I wish I had all of Sam Soliman and Emanuel Augustus's fight's on…

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