By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight challenger Sam Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) has mixed with the best 168 pounders and 160 pounders in the world including Winky wright and Anthony Mundine. He has also been the chief sparring partner for two of Australia’s greatest light heavyweights of all time in Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) and Paul Briggs (26-3, 16 KOs) who clash on July 21 at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia over twelve rounds with the IBO cruiserweight title up for grabs.
Briggs, who has been out of action since 2007, is best remembered for giving IBF #3, WBO #3, WBC #3, WBA #7 heavyweight Tomasz Adamek two of the toughest fights of his career in 2005 and 2006 in WBC 175 pound title bouts after having the WBC champion on the canvas in round one of the 2006 fight.
Green’s best win came in 2009 when he KO’d boxing legend Roy Jones, Jr. in round one to cause the biggest upset of that year.
Here’s what Soliman had to say:
“I was a sparring partner for Paul in preparation for the Adamek fight. He is a great boxer/puncher who has a chin like granite. He should have been world champ.”
“I boxed with Danny Green for his bout against Anthony Mundine. He also was as tough as nails and as strong as a bull. The Danny Green-Paul Briggs fight will be all action from round one but, I think Green will take charge in the late rounds for a points win or possible stoppage.”
“Paul has not boxed since 2007 and I think that will be the difference. The Paul Briggs that boxed Tomasz Adamek would have had a good chance of beating Danny Green, who at 37-years-old is boxing at his best.”
The promoter of the Green vs. Briggs bout is Green Machine Promotions and the bout will be televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Main Event pay-per-view Television, July 21.