Height 1.74 m
Role Professional Boxer
Total fights 58
|Reach 178 cm (70 in)|
Name Sam Soliman
Rated at Middleweight
Martial art Boxing
Number of contests 1
|Born 13 November 1973 (age 42) Melbourne, Australia (1973-11-13)|
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Sam Soliman (born 13 November 1973) is an Australian professional boxer, and a former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. In boxing he has competed in five weight classes, from light-middleweight up to cruiserweight, and held the IBF middleweight title in 2014.
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- Kickboxing career
- Professional boxing career
- Outside of boxing
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Soliman is a former world champion in kickboxing, and also competed in Muay Thai.
Professional boxing career
On 20 April 1997, Soliman made his professional boxing debut, defeating Heath Stenton by four-round unanimous decision (UD). In the first half of his career he would fight for and win a multitude of regional titles, from light-middleweight all the way to cruiserweight. Most notably he won the vacant Commonwealth middleweight title on 19 June 2000, scoring a ninth-round stoppage over Neville Brown. This reign was short-lived, as Soliman would lose a points decision to Howard Eastman a few months later on 16 September. His first world championship opportunity came on 7 March 2007, against Anthony Mundine for the vacant WBA super-middleweight title in an all-Australian showdown. After four knockdowns, Soliman lost by knockout in round nine. In a rematch on 28 May 2008, this time with Mundine as defending champion, Soliman lost by UD.
The pinnacle of Soliman's career was reached on 31 May 2014, when he defeated multiple-time world champion Felix Sturm by UD to win the IBF middleweight title. They had previously fought on 1 February 2013, which was a fight marred afterwards by a drawn-out legal battle which took more than three years to resolve. Soliman was first announced to have failed a drug test in April 2013, which resulted in the German Boxing Federation ruling the fight a no contest and handing him a nine-month suspension in Germany. In October 2016, Soliman was exonerated by a German court which judged the Federation to have acted unlawfully, thus overturning the no contest result. However, in yet another short-lived championship reign, Soliman lost by UD to former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on 8 October 2014, enduring four knockdowns due to a debilitating knee injury.
Outside of boxing
Soliman has worked with people in need, and closely with the Salvation Army. He has set up a gym and spends twice a week teaching fitness and wellbeing to homeless people.