After a 17 year career, Australia’s Sam ‘King’ Soliman has captured his first world title at 40 years of age, taking the IBF Middleweight title from Felix Sturm in Germany over the weekend.
A rematch of their highly controversial bout 15 months ago, which Soliman won, only to later have the decision overturned on him to a no contest when he was accused of having drug stimulants in his system.
After further testings Soliman was cleared of the allegations and jumping out of his skin to get back into the ring with Sturm, who won the IBF title in December over Daniel Geale conqueror Darren Barker.
Soliman used his typical awkward style and relentless work rate to totally control the 12 round contest. Judges scored the bout 118-110, 118-110, 117-111.
This could set up a mouth-watering all Australian showdown with Daniel Geale, or a unification match with undefeated dynamo Gennady Golovkin.
Darchinyan Done in Five
Adopted Aussie Vic Darchinyan wasn’t as successful in his world title tilt, losing to undefeated WBA Featherweight champion Nicholas Walters via 5th round KO in Macao.
Darchinyan, a former 3 division and unified champion was down three times throughout the contest.
At 38 years of age and having lost four of his last six bouts, this could be the end for former champion.
The main event seen ‘The Fillipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire score a technical decision over Simpiwe Vetyeka, to claim the WBA Super world Featherweight title.
The scheduled 12 round bout was cut short in round 4, due to a cut on Donaire caused by an accidental head clash. Donaire was up on the judges’ scorecards 49-46 at the time of stoppage, and was awarded the decision.
Froch KOs Groves
In a much anticipated rematch, WBA and IBF Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch defeated George Groves with an 8th round KO in front of a sold out crowd at Wembley Stadium.
In November last year, young brash talking Groves dropped Froch in the opening round and looked as though he was set to upset the long time champion, only to be caught in the 9th round and have the referee stop the content. Some thought the stoppage came prematurely.
Froch seemed to enter with a whole new mindset this time round, and was determined to improve on his last performance. He did so, and eventually landed a huge right hand in the 8th which ended the bout, this time with no possible controversy.