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http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/a/-/sport/16980493/Soliman camp pushes for boxing title bout
Adrian Warren, AAP
May 2, 2013, 5:51 pm
Sam Soliman says he is overwhelmed by news his B sample drug test is negative and is now pushing for the IBF to confirm his mandatory challenge to compatriot Daniel Geale's world middleweight boxing title.
On Thursday, Soliman's legal team sent paperwork regarding the testing to the IBF as they sought to confirm his right to challenge Geale.
They also lodged an appeal with the BDB (Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer), who suspended Soliman for nine months and changed the result of his points win over Felix Sturm to a no contest after saying an illegal stimulant had shown up on his A sample in a post-fight test back in February.
The B sample was opened in the United States and did not show traces of any of the drugs the two camps had agreed should be tested for.
"I'm overwhelmed by the support and even more overwhelmed by the news that I pretty much already knew, that my B sample was negative," Soliman told AAP.
Soliman's manager David Stanley said the BDB's ban on Soliman and the change of result would be set aside because of their appeal to that organisation, but anticipated going to a German civil court if that was unsuccessful.
Soliman is currently the No.1 contender for the title held by Geale, who was granted an exception to regulations by the IBF so he could fight Anthony Mundine rather than Soliman in his last fight.
Team Soliman says that exemption included a commitment for the winner of that fight to defend next against Soliman.
"The ball is in the IBF's court," Michael Bates, Soliman's Australian lawyer told AAP.
"We've had this report confirming that the B sample is negative.
"We've put it to the IBF and it will be up to them to say on the back of this report this world title between Sam Soliman and Daniel Geale should proceed.
"If they are not going to say that it will mean that we will need to put this into the hands of an independent umpire, which will have to be a judge."