In a grudge rematch, cagey 40-year-old Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) dethroned IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the König Palast in Krefeld, Germany. Close rounds early. Soliman was warned three times by referee Eddie Cotton in round three for various infractions. Soliman had a strong round five and his non-stop workrate began to pay dividends as the bout progressed. Sturm had his best round in round nine when he upped the pressure and began connecting with big shots. Good two-way action in round eleven. In the end, Sturm wasn’t able to solve Soliman’s awkward and busy style. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 118-110.
WBA female flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (32-2, 16 KOs) stopped Dan-Bi Kim (9-2-1, 2 KOs) with a barrage of punches in round nine. It was Kentikian’s first KO since 2008.
Light heavyweights Konni Konrad (20-1-1, 10 KOs) and Mehdi Amar (27-4-2, 15 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 115-113 Konrad, 116-113 Amar, 114-114. Konrad retained his WBA International belt.
Jr middleweight Maurice Weber (20-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of journeyman Renat Samedovi (9-11-1, 2 KOs).
Super middleweight Goekalb Oezekler (16-1-1, 6 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Attila Kiss (11-70-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 58-56.