Soliman To Defend Title In Big Apple

Sam Soliman is ready to retain his IBF World Championship on Thursday. Image courtesy of:

Australia’s IBF World Middleweight Champion Sam ‘King’ Soliman will defend his title against fading great Jermain Taylor on Thursday (AEST) in New York City.

He may be 40-years-old, but Soliman is still in the prime of his career. The Melbourne-born boxer has won nine of his last ten fights after winning the Middleweight Championship back in May.  Soliman’s defence is why opponents have come to fear the former world kickboxing champion. His speed and agility make him so hard to hit and his five-punch combination is so lethal within close range.

Taylor has not had what you would call a typical preparation ahead of Thursday’s bout. He has managed just four minor fights since 2009 and is currently out on bail after a shooting incident. However the former Olympic Bronze medalist has a huge left hook on him and knows how to step up in big fights, having won the Middleweight Championship on a couple of occasions. Taylor’s massive reach will be a huge advantage for the Little Rock native on Thursday. Coming into this bout, he has a 32-4-1 record, including 23 knockouts.

Even though he has more wins to his name, Taylor is still at long odds to win this one. In boxing, preparation is key, and Soliman has that over Taylor in spades. With 40 knockout wins between them, taking either Soliman or Taylor for a knockout win will be a popular bet with the punters.


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