Sam Soliman – What More Does He Have To Do? - By Daniel Smart, Doghouse Boxing

Sam Soliman – What More Does He Have To Do?
By Daniel Smart, Doghouse Boxing (March 26, 2013)

Sam Soliman
Sam Soliman walking alone down dimly lit hallway.
Usually my style of writing comes from phone interviews conducted with some of the world’s best fighters, with recording devices I draw from to enter quotations and write my pieces around those quotes from the interviews. Today, I am not doing that. This one is purely derived from my personal view about a fighter that has continually been snubbed from doing everything that has been asked of him. I feel compelled to tell this story.

Sam Soliman is a modern day Rocky story. Forever the underdog no fighter can make money off of. Maybe it is his awkward style of fighting, maybe it is his inability or unwillingness to “self promote” by trash talking and making claims of outrageous nature regarding his boxing abilities. Whatever the reason may be, this man is not getting what he deserves, his title shot.

Soliman has fought four times in the past 2 years for so called “title eliminators” and has been ranked No.1 by the IBF as the mandatory middleweight challenger to countryman Daniel Geale’s world title for 18 months. How much longer does “King” Soliman have to wait? This man has done everything that has been asked of him by the IBF. What’s the hold up? Now forgive me if I am wrong here, but doesn’t the No.1 contender in any weight division or organisation become a mandatory challenger to a titleholder’s belt? It appears not. Not according to the IBF anyway. In January of this year, Anthony Mundine was given a title shot at Geale’s IBF strap and he wasn’t even ranked in the Top 10 by the organisation at the time. What does this tell us? Draw your own conclusions.

All the talk on social media in Australia right now is about what fights make sense for Geale, and how Geale would be doing Soliman a favour by accepting the fight, are totally irrelevant. It’s this simple. The No.1 ranked challenger in any organisation is given and has earned the right for a chance to challenge for the title.

I recently had a private message waiting in my inbox from a former world champion and well-known boxing identity who agrees with what I am saying. He, as well as I, think it is time for the IBF to set a date for Daniel Geale to a mandatory defence of their title by granting the rightful challenger, Sam Soliman, a chance at taking it.

The IBF is starting to look a bit silly over this debacle, and I for one call on them to do something about it. If this organisation has any credibility, it will do so.

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