Soliman decisions Sturm to claim IBF title
Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KO’s) of Australia won the IBF middleweight title on Saturday with a unanimous decision over Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KO’s) of Germany at the König Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Soliman, 40, won the fight by the judges scores of 118-110, 118-110, and 117-111.
A hard-working fighter with an unorthodox style, Soliman was the more active boxer throughout the bout and kept coming at the champion for the entire 12 rounds, never letting up.
Sturm may have landed the bigger punches but there were too few of them. Soliman frustrated Sturm with his constant movement and shifting of angles with his punches.
"I wanted to take the fight to him," Soliman said.
"He won, clearly," Sturm conceded after the fight. "He kept moving, he was hard to hit."
The Australian also won a decision against Sturm in February 2013 but the fight was later ruled a no contest, when Soliman tested positive for a banned stimulant. He was banned for nine months.