By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world WBA super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) will clash with IBF #9 Benjamin “Iron Ben” Simon (20-1, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds on April 1st in Berlin, Germany in an IBF elimination bout for IBF #2 position in the middleweight division. The IBF #11 rated Soliman entered training camp today and is confident that he will be successful against his less experienced opponent.
“I have boxed the best middleweights and super middleweights in the USA and Europe but I am not taking Benjamin Simon lightly,” said Soliman. “My trainer Dave Hedgecock will have me in perfect fighting shape for Simon on April 1st in Berlin. Simon has not boxed any big name opponents but I have watched tapes of him and he is skillful and I respect his ability.”
Soliman concluded, “I must thank my manager David Stanley and the IBF and also the promoter for giving me the opportunity to box for the vacant IBF#2 middleweight position.”
Soliman holds victories over world rated Sakio Bika, Enrique Ornelas, Raymond Joval, and Fernando Zuniga. He dropped decisions to Anthony Mundine and Winky Wright when punch stats had him outworking both opponents. Soliman’s manager David Stanley said, “Promoter Malte Muller-Michaelis has been a gentleman to work with. I am sure we are going to witness a very good world class middleweight bout on April 1st in Berlin.”