Sam Soliman

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Sam Soliman
Nickname(s) King
Rated at Middleweight
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Reach 178 cm (70 in)
Nationality Australian
Born (1973-11-13) 13 November 1973 (age 42)
Melbourne, Australia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 58
Wins 44
Wins by KO 18
Losses 13
No contests 1

Sam Soliman (born 13 November 1973) is an Australian professional boxer of Coptic descent. He is a former IBF middleweight champion, having began his boxing career after studying multiple forms of martial arts, such as taekwondo, karate, and kickboxing.

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]

44 Wins (18 knockouts), 13 Losses, 0 Draws, 1 No Contest
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 44-13-0 (1) United States Dominic Wade SD 10 26/06/2015 United States Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington
Loss 44-12-0 (1) United States Jermain Taylor UD 12 08/10/2014 United States Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi Lost IBF Middleweight title
Win 44-11-0 (1) Germany Felix Sturm UD 12 31/05/2014 Germany König Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen Won IBF Middleweight title
Win 43-11-0 (1) Australia Les Sherrington TKO 9 (12) 11/12/2013 Australia The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria Interim PABA middleweight title
NC 42-11-0 (1) Germany Felix Sturm NC 12 01/02/2013 Germany ISS Dome, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen IBF Title Eliminator.
Fight originally won by Soliman but later changed to a No Contest as a result of Soliman's failed drug test.
Win 42-11-0 Dominican Republic Giovanni Lorenzo UD 12 24/08/2012 Australia The Arena, Geelong, Victoria
Win 41-11-0 Australia Garth Wood UD 12 19/02/2012 Australia Olympic Park Sports Centre, Homebush, New South Wales Interim IBF Pan Pacific Middleweight title
Win 40-11-0 United States Eromosele Albert UD 12 18/11/2011 Australia The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria


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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