By Boxing Bob Newman
An agreement of sorts has been ironed out in the ongoing Sam Soliman-Felix Sturm doping case as to how it affects the mandatory status in the middleweight division. Representatives of Soliman and Sturm both met with IBF president Daryl Peoples, championship chairman Lindsey Tucker and ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes this morning in Berlin during the IBF’s 30th annual convention.
As of yet, the BDB hasn’t made a decision on Soliman’s appeal of his suspension and his victory being overturned to a “no decision.” The IBF however has decided not to keep the rest of the division waiting. It was decided that Soliman will retain his #1 rating at this time. In the mean time Sturm will resume his previous #3 rating and enter into an eliminator with #4 Predrag Radosevic for the #2 spot. The winner of that fight will get the first mandatory shot at IBF champion Daniel Geale, if Soliman loses his appeal. In that case, Soliman will get the next mandatory within 18 months, provided he remains active and doesn’t lose a fight. As of now, Soliman’s suspension is in Germany only.