By Brett Bonetti
Sam Soliman (43-11, 17 KOs) has vowed to clear his name and is reportedly preparing to take civil action against the German Boxing Commission that has suspended him for nine months and ruled his victory over former champion Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 16 KOs) a no-contest. The BDB (Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer) changed the result of the bout almost three months after the test following the IBF Middleweight title eliminator on February 1 this year.
Soliman’s manager, Dave Stanley told the Australian Associated Press that it was a fight sanctioned by the IBF and not the BDB and he had already made strong representations to the IBF. Stanley successfully sought to have the B sample split so it could be tested in a US laboratory that does regular screening of boxers, including IBF boxers. Stanley said Soliman’s B sample has been cleared by the American facility and he will appeal to the BDB over their rulings.
Soliman blamed a caffeine beverage called “Black Bombs” which is available in health shops for the irregularity in the drug test.
Stanley said the Germans had not tested Soliman’s B sample.
“We don’t have any faith in the appeal process of the BDB, so we’ve instructed our solicitor to prepare for a civil action against the BDB,” Stanley said. “We’ve made very strong representations to the IBF pointing out that we don’t have any contract with the BDB and we have a bout contract with the IBF.
The ban only applies in Germany and unless the IBF supports the BDB, Soliman can continue to fight in Australia.
“The splitting of the B sample, which we are waiting on the paperwork in the next 48 hours, will show that there has been absolutely no breach of any of the IBF rules by Sam Soliman,” Stanley said.
“We have an IBF contract which Thomas Putz, the president from the BDB signed, as did IBF Championship Committee chairman Lindsey Tucker and it lists the substances to be screened for and this substance is not on the contract.”
Stanley said his lawyer made sure there was a clause in the provision of service agreement that if there was any conflict between the BDB and IBF rules, the IBF rules would prevail.
The IBF had ordered current champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) to make a mandatory defense against Soliman.