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Soliman beats Sturm to win IBF middleweight title

KREFELD, Germany (AP) — Sam Soliman of Australia won the IBF middleweight title Saturday with a unanimous decision over Felix Sturm of Germany.

Soliman was the more active fighter throughout the bout and kept coming at the champion throughout the 12 rounds.

Sturm may have landed the bigger punches but there were too few of them.

Soliman won with a big margin on all three cards. One judge had him the winner with a score of 117-111, the other two scored it 118-110.

The Australian also won a decision against Sturm in February 2013 but the fight was later ruled a no contest, when Soliman tested positive for a banned stimulant. He was banned for nine months.

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