By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former two time world title challenger Sam Soliman (36-11, 14 KOs) will be back in action on Sunday when he will clash with Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (10-2-3, 2 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Central Pier, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Soliman challenged Anthony Mundine for the WBA 168 pound title in 2008 losing a disputed twelve round decision. Punch stats later revealed Soliman had actually scored with more punches than Mundine. Soliman clashed with Winky Wright in 2005 losing a controversial decision. Punch stats in that fight also had Soliman outworking Wright. Soliman holds wins over several world class boxers including Sakio Bika in 2002 and Enrique Ornelas in 2006.
“I am after fights anywhere in the world – I want to keep active,” Soliman declared. “I am prepared to go into my opponents backyard to secure fights against world class middleweights.”
On the undercard, WBO#14 140 pounder Lance Gostelow (19-2, 14 KOs) will punch it out with former 2005 Commonwealth welterweight champion Fatai Onikeke (23-3, 20 KOs) formerly of Nigeria but now based in Melbourne, Australia.
Hot prospect WBO#10 122 pounder Daniel Iannazzo (14-0, 3 KOs) will meet Filippino Rocky Ledama (8-12-2) over six.
Former world rated super middleweight Daniel Lovett (17-4, 10 KOs) will clash with tough Kashif Mumtaz (5-10-1) over six.
WBO#15 welterweight Samuel Coloban (13-3, 6 KOs) will meet Filippino Rey Anton Olarte (8-11-2, 4 KOs) over six.
Welterweight Pat Rullo (9-1) will box Jordan Gee-Hoy (3-0).
Promoter former IBF 130 pound champion Barry Michael and Brian Amatruda.