By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #15 middleweight Sam “King” Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) scored an eleventh round technical knockout over outclassed former Australian 147-pound champion Shannon McMahon (16-6-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Moonee Valley Racecourse, Moonee Valley, Victoria, Australia. With the win Soliman claimed the WBF title.
Soliman holds notable wins over several world rated middleweights and super middleweights including Sakio Bika and Enrique Ornelas. In 2005 Soliman lost a disputed decision to Ronald “Winky “Wright and in 2008 he dropped a twelve round decision in a WBA 168 pound title bout to Anthony Mundine when punch stats had him outscoring his opponent.
Soliman is chasing a shot at IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester.
“I have the style to beat Sylvester who I respect as a champion,” Soliman said. “My trainer Dave Hedgecock (pictured with Sam Soliman) has got me in great shape and I am ready fight any middleweight in the world in their hometown, if necessary.”
The promoter of the card was Joe Nader.