Sam Soliman vs. Felix Sturm II: Rematch set for May 31st

CONTRACTUALLY speaking, IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm had until August 8th to make his mandatory defence against Australia’s Sam Soliman.

However, it looks like Soliman, 40, will not have to wait as long as originally expected for his well overdue shot at the middleweight championship, with an imminent announcement expected as both parties have come to terms for a rematch, which looks set to take place on May 31st in either Cologne or Stuttgart, Germany.


The rematch makes sense for both parties as Sturm wants revenge and Soliman will finally receive a shot at the IBF middleweight title, given the multiple eliminators he has fought in order to maintain the mandatory position.

Soliman (43-11, 18 KOs) initially won the first bout against Sturm by unanimous decision, before it was ruled a no contest due to Soliman testing positive in his A-sample for the illegal stimulant oxilofrine.

However, Soliman was later cleared of any wrongdoing after a US laboratory used by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to test sanctioned fights, who gave the all clear to a sample taken from Soliman.

Sturm, 35, (39-3-2, 18 KOs) picked up the IBF middleweight championship previously held by Daniel Geale in his last outing, where he impressively dethroned Britain’s Darren Barker in two one-sided rounds. Sturm had been rumoured to face several previous opponents before the deal with Soliman was reached, including Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray – both of whom arguably edged Sturm in their respective bouts.


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