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Soliman hopes for Taylor rematch

11/1/2014
Courtesy DiBella Entertainment

On Oct. 8, Sam Soliman lost his middleweight title by unanimous decision to Jermain Taylor, who scored four knockdowns en route to reclaiming one of the belts he previously held as undisputed champion after he beat Bernard Hopkins for the first time in 2005.

Australia's Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs), who turns 41 on Nov. 13, suffered a knee injury during the sixth round and was reduced to a one-legged fighter for the second half of the fight. Soliman, who has been rehabilitating the ligament injury, said he expects to be back to full health in early 2015.

His team said there are talks going on with the Taylor camp about a rematch.

"We enjoyed an excellent relationship with Team Taylor, and there is mutual respect both for what Taylor did to win the fight and for what Soliman did to finish it," David Stanley, Soliman's manager, said. "A Team Taylor insider we talked to after the fight said they would consider a rematch, and our U.S. agent and lawyer, Kurt Emhoff, is now working on a formal request for a rematch as Taylor's next defense."

Said Soliman: "We gave Team Taylor a shot. It's now in their hands. I respectfully ask Team Taylor to return the honor we extended to them, and let's do it early next year. I have a lot of respect for Jermain Taylor. He was very respectful to me leading up to and after the fight. Jermain is as humble as they come. Some of the comments made in the media were unfair; Jermain is a really good guy.

"Having lost the belt in the way I did, it's undisputable: Jermain and I have some unfinished business. I believe Taylor has the pride of a true champion and will grant us the rematch. I would do the same if I were in his situation."

That might be the case, but the fight was a bad one to watch. It's hard to believe anyone would ante up for a rematch unless, perhaps, it were in Australia. Further, any talk of a rematch would have to take into account Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) has legal issues as he faces charges on a shooting that occurred just a few weeks before the fight, which Taylor fought while out on bail.