Soliman to glove up after drug slur
Melissa Woods and Adrian Warren
16:35 AEST Fri Nov 8 2013

Sam Soliman has spent much of the year fighting to clear his name after a drug slur but will get back in the ring next month to take on fellow world-ranked Australian middleweight rival Les Sherrington.

Soliman has been waging a battle after a German drug allegation from his February bout with former world champion Felix Sturm.

The No.1 IBF middleweight contender will return to familiar territory against Queenslander and WBO No.8 Sherrington at the Pavilion in Melbourne on December 11.

They will square off for the WBA Pan Asian Boxing Association's interim title, with the winner earning a top-10 WBA ranking.

Soliman, (42-11, 17 KOs), who turns 40 next week, has not lost in the past five years, while 31-year-old Sherrington (33-6, 19 KOs) is on an eight-bout winning streak.

The Victorian said he was determined to knock Sherrington out to prove he was ready for either a Sturm rematch or a crack at new IBF champion Englishman Darren Barker.

"I'm going to knock (Sherrington) out in the eighth round, or maybe ninth, and if it does go the distance I will be disappointed in myself and will question myself," Soliman said.

Soliman hasn't fought since the Sturm upset.

The Bund Deutscher Berufsboxwer (BDB) announced after the fight that Soliman had allegedly tested positive to a stimulant and changed the result from a unanimous points win for the Australian to a no-contest and suspended him for nine months in Germany.

Soliman's B sample was tested in the US and found clear of any illegal substance specified in his contract for the Sturm fight.

The IBF later ratified Soliman as its No.1 contender.

Sherrington wasn't daunted by the challenge.

"I'm a lot stronger, a lot faster and a lot better boxer than Sam and I will prove it," he said.

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