Mark E. Ortega

Sturm-Soliman ruled no contest

After just shy of three months of deliberating and waiting for the process to play itself out, the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB) have suspended Sam Soliman for nine months stemming from the illegal supplement he tested positive for after his fight with Felix Sturm on Feb. 1.

The bout, which Soliman initially won, has been ruled a no contest.

Soliman tested positive in his A-sample for the illegal stimulant oxilofrine and declined to have his B-sample tested by the same agency in Germany that tested the first one.

Soliman and his team of lawyers demanded that the B-sample be tested outside of Germany, which goes against the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that demands both samples be tested in the same laboratory.

Soliman tested positive for oxilofrine, a stimulant that is banned by the WADA. Soliman never denied testing positive for the substance, but instead tried some legal maneuvering by claiming the drug wasn’t illegal under the rules of the IBF and tried demanding the substance be tested in the United States. The ironic twist is that it was Soliman who demanded the more stringent drug testing, which Sturm complied with.

The bout was an IBF eliminator, with the winner getting a crack at Daniel Geale. Now, Sturm must wait on the IBF to rule on whether he will be elevated to the mandatory challenger position or if he must fight someone else for the opportunity to rematch Geale, who beat Sturm on points last September in Germany.

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