AUSTRALIAN road warrior Sam Soliman will take on France’s Hassan N’Dam on November 21st as he continues his journey to regain the IBF middleweight title.
The former middleweight titlists will collide in Paris, with the winner being put within reaching distance of the winner of next month’s looming middleweight title unification between Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux.
Both Soliman and N’dam were last in action in June, with Soliman dropping a highly controversial split decision to Dominic Wade in Washington, while N’dam was outpointed for the IBF middleweight strap by David Lemieux.
“A win will give me the right to fight for the IBF middleweight number one spot which grants a mandatory title shot,” said Soliman in a press release issued by SS Promotions. “I need to win this fight and win it well.”
“My last fight has fueled my hunger and focused me on what I need to do to become a two-time world champion,”
“I’m two fights away from having a chance to regain the world title I lost when I badly injured my knee fighting Jermain Taylor last year,”
“I’ve knocked up more frequent flyer points than most boxers. I’ve always been prepared to travel anywhere and fight anyone and this fight has IBF sanctioning as an eliminator for the number two spot,”
“Fighting Hassan N’Dam on his home turf is not going to be easy, N’Dam is one tough opponent.”
“He picked himself off the canvas four times before being beaten by current world champion, David Lemieux.”
N’dam (31-2, 18 KOs) is the former interim WBO middleweight champion, having also held the interim version of the WBA middleweight title. The 31-year-old Cameroon native’s only defeats have come in world title fights.
“N’Dam and myself have a lot in common. We are both world champions, we have both lost titles, we have fought quality fighters to get where we are, and we both want that world championship belt back.”
“This is a career defining fight for both of us,”
“I’m feeling well within myself. I’m supported by a tight nit team. I’ve completely recovered from my knee injury and I’m confident that I have the fighting style to beat N’Dam.”
“All fights at this level are tough,” added Soliman’s head trainer Christian Ennor. “This fight will be won by the boxer that executes the strategy strongly over the twelve rounds,”
Soliman’s manager David Stanley said this is the fifth eliminator world title bout his promotional company SS Promotions have co-presented.
?“Our partner in this bout is a very well respected French sporting promoter and we both are looking to putting on a strong international event that builds Australia’s reputation in the world of boxing,” Stanley concluded.
“The bout will be held at the Palais des Sports in Paris. The fight will be televised worldwide with dates and TV details to be announced shortly.”
Words: Press Release