By Malte Müller-Michaelis
The Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB) has officially suspended middleweight contender Sam Soliman for nine months. In addition to that, the result of Soliman’s IBF elimination bout against Felix Sturm on February 1st, 2013, was changed into a “no contest”. Soliman has been found guilty of violating the BDB anti-doping rules when the illegal stimulant methylsynephrine was found in his A sample.
According to the BDB, Soliman was notified of the finding but refused to have the B sample opened at the same laboratory which checked the A sample. Therefore, the result of the A sample was confirmed leading to the judgement and suspension. Now it is up to the IBF to decide what happens with the elimination process in the middleweight division.