Photos: Wolfgang Schiffbauer/Team Sturm
The final press conference for the IBF world middleweight championship rematch between Felix Sturm and Sam Soliman took place earlier today at the Hotel Landhaus Milser in Duisburg, Germany. The bout will take place Saturday at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany.
Felix Sturm, IBF World Middleweight Champion: “I’m not mad or anything. I don’t care about that whole doping theatre anymore. He and his team have to live with that. He’s trying to play games once again but that doesn’t matter to me. I had a perfect preparation and I am in tip-top shape.
I had to do this fight since he is my mandatory challenger. But that is a good thing because I can make things right. People will forget about the first fight after this one. Back after I fought Soliman last February, I changed my whole attitude towards the sport of boxing. I’m now eating clean and healthy, which makes training a whole lot easier. I know live like an athlete all year around and not only the ten or twelve weeks during training camp. That pays off as I’m in a much, much better shape than before.
I’m looking forward to a great evening and an exciting fight on Saturday. As you know, the first title defense is always the most difficult. But I am the champion and believe me – I will remain the champion.”
Sam Soliman, mandatory challenger of the IBF: “If a plan is working, you shouldn’t change it. You should fix it to make it even better. That’s what I have done. I’m grateful to be back in Germany and to be able to fight for the IBF world title. I had perfect sparring during my camp in Denmark. I’ll be even better than the last time around. I will fulfill the dream of family, who’ll be ringside on Saturday, and become world middleweight champion.”
Fritz Sdunek, Trainer of Felix Sturm: “Felix is in incredible form. It’s rare to work with an athlete in such good shape. I strongly believe he’ll beat Soliman inside the distance this time.”
Susi Kentikian, WBA Female Flyweight World Champion: “I don’t know that much about my opponent [Dan Bi-Kim from South Korea] other than that she is an aggressive minded fighter. And I think that’s good for me. I prepared great for this fight and let me tell you, it’s an honor to share a gym with a great and dedicated fighter like Felix. I know that the atmosphere in Krefeld will be electric – and I’m looking forward to making an exciting and successful defense of my crown.”
Konni Konrad, WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion: “Training camp went great. I can’t wait for the fight on Saturday night. It’ll be another step towards my dream – my dream to become light heavyweight champion of the world!”