Felix Sturm vs. Sam Soliman

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2013-02-01 : Felix Sturm 159½ lbs fought without result Sam Soliman 159¾ lbs by NC in round 12 of 12

IBF World Middleweight Title Eliminator (supervisor: Lindsey Tucker)

Soliman down in 2nd round. The BDB suspended Sam Soliman for nine months and ruled the bout no contest after the A sample showed traces of the illegal stimulant methylsynephrine. Originally Soliman W UD. The change of the decision was published on the 29th of April 2013, see http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/sam-soliman-suspended-for-nine-months-189663.

It was later proven that Soliman had not taken a banned substance. In October of 2016, German judges ruled that the BDB's sanctions were illegal. Soliman's manager David Stanley said the court's ruling meant the original result of the bout would be restored. See: http://www.boxingscene.com/sam-soliman-scores-big-legal-victory-germany--109882