The buzz from the Sam Soliman camp continues to grow since he totally outclassed Ray Joval three weeks ago in Temecula, California on Fox Sports Net for the No.1 IBF middleweight ranking.
"King" Sam Soliman returned to his homeland in Australia last weekend and went straight back into training, preparing for his next outing on September 24 in Sydney, Australia where he is up against former five-time WBA world champion Julio Cesar Vasquez in a ten round outing. Soliman sees Vasquez as a warm-up fight before entering the ring with Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor, hopefully before Christmas.
"If Jermain doesn't want the fight - then let Felix Sturm take it, we really don't care who it is," said Stuart Duncan, Soliman's Manager.
Duncan added, "Both Taylor and Sturm are excellent boxers and a win against either will prove Sam is the man to beat Bernard Hopkins. To Jermain we say, 'Bring it on and lets get a date happening', you won't hear any trash talk or hear of any 'Bad Intentions' from us. Our intentions are good and they will see Sam Soliman become IBF World Middleweight Champion.
"Felix we see as an easier fight than Jermain. I sat ringside and watched his fight with De La Hoya and believe he beat Oscar. I have seen him fight twice before against Javier Mamani and former WBO champion Hector Velazco and Sam would handle him confidently. Felix has never fought someone like Sam, after six rounds he'll think there is four opponents in the ring and will become frustrated in the later rounds.
"Either way we are happy with our position as Taylor is being touted as one of the best prospects going around, and there was a lot of speculation over who really won the De La Hoya-Sturm bout. There will be a lot of attention on either of these two bouts if they were to happen and a win for Sam will put him that one step closer to Hopkins."
Soliman and his trainer Dave "the Rock" Hedgecock will be heading to Queensland, Australia over the next few months to spar the hard-hitting WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe.
"We see Masoe as perfect sparring for Sam in preparation for the hard-hitting Jermain Taylor," said Hedgcock. "Jason Delisle, Glen Kelly, Nader Hamdan, Paul Murdoch and Daniel Lovett have been great local sparring, however we intend to base ourselves out of Las Vegas for four weeks prior to our next USA fight where we can train and spar out of the 'Fighters Paradise' gymnasium three hours a day and get some good quality sparring in over there."
"Sam's promoter Dan Goossen is hopeful of securing something around November, though nothing is in cement at this stage," said Duncan. "Dan knows of our 'Good Intentions'. He knows our message is loud and clear to Jermain Taylor and his promoter Lou DiBella ; 'Anywhere - Anytime.'
"And to Bernard Hopkins, we've been begging you to give us a non-mandatory shot for over twelve months. We're here to tell you that we have done it the hard way, but we are almost there. If Oscar pulls out for September 18, just give Dan Goossen a call and Sam Soliman will be there!"