Sam Soliman

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Sam Soliman
Real name Sam Soliman
Nickname(s) King
Rated at Middleweight
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Nationality Australian
Born (1973-11-13) 13 November 1973 (age 41)
Melbourne, Australia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 57
Wins 44
Wins by KO 17
Losses 12
Draws 0
No contests 1

Sam Soliman (born 13 November 1973) is an Australian boxer of Coptic Australian descent who is a former IBF World Middleweight champion. Soliman began his boxing career after studying multiple forms of martial arts, such as Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Kick-Boxing.

Martial arts career[edit]

Soliman is a former ISKA and WKA kickboxing champion.[1]

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Soliman compiled an Amateur Record consisting of 84 fights, with 11 losses[2]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Soliman began his professional boxing career on 20 April 1997 with a four round unanimous decision over Heath Stenton. He followed this win with a twelfth round knockout victory over Peter Kinsella for the Australian cruiserweight title. He lost his next two bouts however against Kevin Kelly and Adrian Bellin, losing his title in the process. Six more victories followed until dropping a decision to Glen Kelly for the IBF Pan Pacific light heavyweight title. His next performances were inconsistent, winning four and dropping three to various contenders and journeymen.

Soliman vs. Mundine[edit]

On 3 September 2001, Soliman faced Anthony Mundine for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific super middleweight title. Soliman lost a controversial split decision that most observers felt he had won.

Soliman vs. Wright[edit]

Undeterred, Soliman won his next nineteen bouts against competition of various quality, setting up a fight against the former light middleweight champion Winky Wright. The two fought on 10 December 2005. The bout was mostly competitive, with Soliman's unorthodox style giving Wright trouble at times. Despite this, Wright won a close unanimous decision.

Soliman vs Mundine II[edit]

Soliman and Mundine met for a second time, this time competing for the vacant WBA super middleweight championship of the world. Unlike the first fight, Mundine dominated the proceedings, knocking his opponent down once in the second round, and three times in the ninth, prompting a knockout ruling by the referee.

The Contender[edit]

After losing by stoppage to Mundine, Soliman joined the ESPN television show The Contender, winning a unanimous decision over Max Alexander before losing against future super middleweight Sakio Bika.

Soliman vs. Mundine III[edit]

Despite losing to Bika, Soliman fought a third about against rival Anthony Mundine for the WBA super middleweight title. Despite being rocked in the ninth round, Mundine kept his composure and won a definitive unanimous decision against Soliman.

Soliman vs. Sturm[edit]

After his third loss to Mundine, Soliman dropped back down to middleweight, winning seven consecutive matches, setting up his bout against Felix Sturm. Sturm was the former IBF middleweight champion who had just lost a split decision to Daniel Geale, and was looking for a good comeback fight. The two faced off on 1 February 2013. Sturm started well, charging at his shorter opponent and landing big shots, and even scoring a knockdown in the second. However, Soliman quickly regained his composure and took back the fight, outboxing his larger foe and winning a unanimous decision.

Testing Positive[edit]

After his victory over Sturm, Soliman tested positive for the illegal stimulant methylsynephrine, forcing the German commission to rule the bout a no-contest and subsequently suspend Soliman for nine months. Soliman protested this decision in light of his test coming back negative in the United States, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

Soliman vs. Sturm II[edit]

Soliman took a tune-up fight against Les Sherrington, stopping him in the ninth round before being offered a rematch against Sturm, this time for the IBF middleweight title that Sturm had reclaimed from Geale-conqueror Darren Barker. Soliman dominated the bout, landing nearly three times as many punches as Sturm and throwing over 500 more.

Boxing record[edit]

NC 37-3-2(1) Germany SturmFelix Sturm NC 12 2013-02-01 Germany Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany IBF Title Eliminator, The BDB suspended Sam Soliman for nine months and ruled the bout No Contest after his A sample showed traces of the illegal stimulant methylsynephrine. Originally ruled a UD win for Soliman.The IBF left Sam Soliman at IBF Middleweight #1 after the B sample came back clean to all substances under the IBF rules and bout contract for the Sturm promoted event.T
Win 36-3-2 Dominican Republic LorenzoGiovanni Lorenzo UD 12 2012-08-24 Australia Geelong, Victoria, Australia IBF Title Eliminator
Win 35-3-2 Australia WoodGarth Wood UD 12 2012-02-19 Australia Homebush, NSW, Australia IBF Title Eliminator
Win 34-3-2 Nigeria AlbertEromosele Albert UD 12 2011-11-18 Australia Flemington, Victoria, Australia IBF Title Eliminator for #2 position.
Win 33-3-2 India SinghPradeep Singh KO 10(12) 1:27 2010-09-23 Australia Flemington, Victoria, Australia Singh deducted 1 point in Round 7 after numerous warnings for grappling opponent to the ground.
Win 32-3-2 Australia McMahonShannon McMahon TKO 11(12) 2:20 2010-03-13 Australia Moonee Valley, Victoria, Australia Won vacant WBF Middleweight title.
Win 31-3-2 Australia PiperLes Piper TKO 7(12) 1:43 2009-10-04 Australia Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Won interim WBF Middleweight title and vacant IBF Australia Middleweight title.
Win 30-3-2 Thailand KietbusabaSintung Kietbusaba TKO 7(12) 1:40 2009-08-16 Australia Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Won vacant IBO Asia Pacific Middleweight title. Kietbusaba down in the 4th and twice in the 7th.
Loss 29-3-2 Australia MundineAnthony Mundine UD 12 2008-05-28 Australia Melbourne, Victoria, Australia For the WBA Super Middleweight title.


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Regional titles
Preceded by
Peter Kinsella
ANBC Cruiserweight Champion
3 June 1997 – 28 November 1997
Succeeded by
Adrian Bellin
Title last held by
Alain Bonnamie
Commonwealth Middleweight Champion
19 June 2000 – 16 September 2000
Succeeded by
Howard Eastman
Preceded by
Felix Sturm
IBF Middleweight Champion
31 May 2014 – 8 October 2014
Succeeded by
Jermain Taylor
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bernard Hopkins
Oldest Middleweight Champion
31 May 2014 – present