By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (35-11, 13 KOs) will return to ring action when he will clash with Thailands Sintung Kietbusaba (11-6, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Peninsula, Shed 14 Central Pier in Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on August 16. IBF and IBO Regional titles will be up for grabs. This is Soliman’s first fight since dropping a controversial decision to Anthony Mundine in a WBA 168 pound challenge in 2008. Punch stats later revealed that Soliman had outscored Mundine in there twelve round bout. Soliman has scored many of his best victories in the USA when he outpointed world rated middleweights Enrique Ornelas in 2007, Fernando Zuniga in 2005 and Raymond Joval in 2004. The fight that lifted Soliman’s profile was when he dropped a controversial decision to Ronald Winky Wright in 2005. Punch stats in that fight also had Soliman outscoring Wright.
“I am now boxing in my correct division. I am a middleweight – I only took the fights at super middleweight against Mundine because it was a world title opportunity. After two or three fights I will be ready to fight the best middleweights in the world,” said Soliman.
On the undercard: heavyweight Solomon Haumona (16-0-1, 14 KOs) will meet Justin Whitehead (3-0, 2 KOs) over ten rounds. Super middleweight Serge Yannick (3-0, 2 KOs) will clash with Kashif Mumtaz(5-9-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. WBO rated welterweight Samuel Columban (12-3, 5 KOs) and WBO rated super bantamweight Daniel Iannazzo (13-0, 2 KOs) will be in action over six rounds. Promoters Brian Amatruda and former IBF junior lightweight champion Barry Michael.