Sturm vs Soliman II results: Sam Soliman wins IBF middleweight title by decision

Sam Soliman has beaten Felix Sturm again, and this time, it looks like his world title will stick. For now, at least.

With the eyes of the boxing world fixed on Wembley Stadium this afternoon, where Carl Froch knocked out George Groves, Sam Soliman was down in Germany, lifting the IBF middleweight title from Felix Sturm in another world title rematch, winning on scores of 117-111, 118-110, and 118-110.

Full disclosure: I have not yet seen the fight, but I saw nobody on Twitter complaining about the outcome or the scoring, and this is just a quick report to let you know what's happened.

Soliman (44-11, 18 KO) is a world champion of sorts once again at age 40, the first time coming ever so briefly last year, when he beat Sturm the first time around in Germany to win the WBA middleweight title. That result was changed to a no-contest, however, when Soliman failed a post-fight drug test, and the reign never officially counted.

This time, though, and at least for now, it's sticking. Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KO) had won the belt from Darren Barker last December when Barker's knee gave out, forcing him out of the fight in the second round, and ultimately causing the Englishman to retire from boxing.

At 35, Sturm's future in the sport is cloudy, but it's been cloudy a few times in recent years, and he's kept on bouncing back, so certainly don't count him out. There's the chance he could try his luck at 168 pounds, where a potential fight with Arthur Abraham still could make some money in Germany, or he could stay at 160. He could also retire, or take time off, or whatever.

For Soliman, it's a massive win, obviously. He made his pro debut in 1997 and has never been considered a particularly serious contender, and was never groomed to be a top guy, but here he is at 40 with a world title around his waist, or in the mail, or whatever.

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