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Soliman feels vindicated, targets Geale

By Brett Bonetti

Sam Soliman (43-11, 17 KOs) is now pushing for the IBF to confirm his mandatory challenge to current IBF World Middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs). Soliman says he is overwhelmed by news that his B sample drug test is negative. “I have been vindicated, after my reputation has been dragged through the mud by the boxer I defeated and the body responsible for boxing in Germany. The result shows that I am not a drug cheat” Soliman said. Soliman’s legal team have sent paperwork regarding the testing to the IBF as they sought to confirm his right to challenge Geale.

Soliman’s manager David Stanley said the BDB’s ban on Soliman and the change of result would be set aside because of their appeal to that organisation, but anticipated going to a German civil court if that was unsuccessful.

“I have little confidence in the BDB as an independent authority. The BDB’s latest act of desperation is an email advising us that the organisation has placed a nine month ban on Soliman fighting, without a hearing, and before the results of the US testing were in. We will appeal, for the sake of Sam Soliman’s reputation,” Stanley said.

“I commend the IBF on its recent decision to rate Sturm at his proper ranking, placing him at number eight on the IBF’s World Middleweight ranking list.” Stanley said

Team Soliman has also provided the IBF with a deposition from the President and Chief Science Officer of Scott Analytics, Paul Scott, who runs one of the US’s leading elite anti-doping monitoring programs.

“Scott Analytics reviewed the laboratory tests from both Germany and the United States, and concluded that testing under the compounds banned for use by the bout contract that Soliman-Sturm fight were all clear” Stanley said.

“Scott has written that he is prepared to swear under oath to the IBF that the samples tested are clear of any banned substances based upon the explicit and mutually agreed terms of this bout.”

They have also lodged an appeal with the BDB (Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer) who suspended him for nine months and ruled his victory over former champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 16 KOs) on February 1 a no-contest.

“I’m overwhelmed by the support and even more overwhelmed by the news that I pretty much already knew, that my B sample was negative” Soliman told the Australian Associated Press.

Soliman’s lawyer Michael Bates says “The ball is in the IBF’s court.”

“We’ve had this report confirming that the B sample is negative.” Bates said

“We’ve put it to the IBF and it will be up to them to say on the back of this report this world title between Sam Soliman and Daniel Geale should proceed.”

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