By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Sam Soliman (37-11, 15 KOs) was impressive in stopping Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (10-3-3, 2 KOs) in seven rounds on Sunday at the Penisula, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman controlled the action over his aggressive opponent by outworking him most of the rounds. In round seven Piper was dropped twice by hard body shots at which point referee Ignatius Missailidis crowned the Melbourne boxer. IBF #14 Soliman targeted the best middleweights in the world. “I am after the IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester who I regard as a good champion but he does not have the skills or the experience against the top level middleweights to defeat me. I am prepared to go fight him in Germany and I will beat him easy.”
In the main supporting bout. WBO #14 140-pounder Lance Gostelow (20-2, 14 KOs) outscored Fatai Onikeke (23-4, 20 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 120-108. Onikeke was the aggressor but he was outworked by Gostelow who connected with effective combinations boxing on the backmove. Former IBF jr lightweight champion Barry Michael said. “Lance Gostelow is the best boxer in Australia in my opinion.”
In a super middleweight six-rounder, formerly world rated Daniel “Porky” Lovett (18-4, 10 KOs) scored a split decision over Kashif Mumtaz (5-11-1, 4 KOs) in a crowd pleaser.
WBO #15 welterweight Samuel Colomban (14-3, 6 KOs) outworked Rey Anton Olarte (8-12-2, 0 KOs) of the Philippines in an action fight over six. Promoter: Brian Amatruda and Barry Michael