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Wade Takes Split Decision Win Over ‘King’ Soliman

by on Jun.29, 2015, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair


Wade, at right, lands on Soliman.

Wade, at right, lands on Soliman.

Last Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington, unbeaten Middleweight prospect Dominic Wade defeated former World Middleweight title holder Sam “King” Soliman via a close ten round split decision in a match-up that had major implications for the careers of both fighters. Headlining the TGB Prmotions, Showtime televised Shobox , Wade overcame the biggest challenge of his career in the tough and cagey Soliman, narrowly claiming the win.

As the fight got underway, both fighters got off to a slow start with Wade (18-0, 12 KOs 162.5 lbs.) looking to land from the outside and Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs 161.5 lbs.) maneuvering to get in close. The pace began to pick up in the second round as Soliman stepped up his aggression and started making it a rough fight. The crafty in-fighting of Soliman carried the second and third rounds as Wade slowed his connect rate, but in the fourth the momentum changed. Wade established his jab early in the fourth round and began to connect at range. Late in the round Wade scored a knockdown as the two came together, but it appeared it may have been a product of a push more than a punch.

The middle rounds were close, with Soliman finding succes in the pocket and Wade taking over when he used his jab to control the range and work from the outside. Late in the fight, Wade appeared to take a slight lead, having an edge in the last three rounds boxing from the outside and countering in close as Soliman stepped in. The small nuances that a veteran fighter acquires throughout a long career were certainly on display throughout the fight as Soliman fought his way in close and made it a difficult fight for Wade. In the end the knockdown played a big role on the decision. Two judges scored the fight Wade at 95-94 and 97-92, with the final judges seeing it 96-93 for Soliman.

Wade adds his eighteenth win as a pro and the most important to date, putting himself in line for possible title contention down the road.

For the forty-one year old Soliman, this was his first fight since losing his title to Jermain Taylor last October and his second defeat in a row.

Young undefeated Super Lightweight prospect Erickson Lubin continued his rise up the boxing ranks with an impressive first round stoppage of Ghanaian Ayi Bruce. Lubin (11-0, 8 KOs 152.5 lbs.) opened up from the start, stepping behind a right jab and letting loose with quick flurries, pushing his opponent back. A hard and precise right-left hook combo dropped Bruce (23-10, 15 KOs 151.5 lbs.) moments into the fight. After the mandatory count, Lubin picked up his pressure again, buckling his opponent’s knees with a crushing right hook. A follow-up barrage dropped Bruce for good. Referee Ray Corona reached the count of ten at 2:05 of the first round.

The Shobox telecast’s opening bout featured the U.S. Debut of undefeated Heavyweight hopeful Oscar Rivas. Rivas, who was an ’08 Colombian Olympian and now makes his home in Montreal, Canada, scored a first round stoppage of Huntington, West Virginia’s Jason Pettaway, but not without a few moments of concern. Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs 244.5 lbs) came out firing from the start, unloading with blistering shots. Moments into the round a hard right hook dropped Pettaway (17-3, 10 KOs 222 lbs.), but and overzealous Rivas let loose with another shot as Pettaway was on the canvas, costing him a two point deduction and putting him at risk for a disqualification. The deduction would prove to be inconsequential, though. Moments later Rivas was back on the attack and hurting Pettaway with jarring shots in close. A series of body shots effectively ended the bout as Pettaway dropped, visibly in trouble from the onslaught. Referee Robert Byrd mercifully stopped the bout at 2:25 of the first.

Chavez, at left, jabs at Munoz.

Chavez, at left, jabs at Munoz.

Omar “The Business Man” Chavez, son of living legend Julio Cesar Chavez, displayed his improving boxing skills over ten rounds, taking a majority decision win over tough veteran Hector “El Huracan” Munoz in a Middleweight bout. For the first four rounds Chavez (33-3-1, 22 KOs 157 lbs.) controlled the action with quick flurries and side-to-side movement. He used angles well to avoid his opponent’s swings and find counter punching opportunities, capitalizing repeatedly with short left hooks in the pocket. In the fifth Munoz (22-15-1, 14 KOs 156 lbs.), who had remained vigilant, pressing the fight from the start, began to land with more regularity and offset Chavez’ game plan. The middle rounds were close, with Munoz finding success in close, while Chavez did well when he could bring the fight back out to the center of the ring and control the range. Down the stretch, though, it was Chavez who landed the more effective punches, working at range and countering as Munoz stepped into the pocket. Two judges scored the fight for Chavez with scores of 96-94 and 99-91 with the last judge seeing it 95-95.

Brooklyn’s Dennis Galarza needed just one minute to dispose of El Paso, Texas’ Jose Bustos. Galarza (9-1, 6 KOs 129 lbs.) stepped to Bustos (7-5-3, 4 KOs 129 lbs.) quickly and opened up his guard with hard rights behind a a stiff jab. Seconds into the fight a series of body shots hurt Bustos and dropped him to one knee. Referee Robert Hoyle reached the count of ten at :57 of the first round. The bout was contested at the Super Featherweight limit.

Rockville, New York’s Jamel Herring scored a dominant eight round unanimous decision win over last-minute replacement Hector Velazquez. Working behind his right jab out of a southpaw stance, Herring (12-0, 7KOs 134 lbs.) used a steady stream of pressure to keep the long-time division stalwart on the end of his punches and on the defensive. Velazquez (56-26-3, 38 KOs 135 lbs.) remained determined to get an offensive going, showing his resiliency throughout the fight, but the quick hands and crafty defense of the former ’12 Olympic team captain Herring was too much to overcome for the aging veteran. All three judges scored the bout 80-71 for Herring.

Italy’s Leonardo Bundu rebounded from his first and only defeat, a decision loss to Keith Thurman last December, boxing his way to a unanimous decision victory over the rugged Pablo Munguia, of Mexico City. Bundu (32-1-2, 11 KOs 147 lbs.) used lateral movement, quick combinations from both a conventional and a southpaw stance, and smart defense to control the majority of the bout. Munguia (21-8, 12 KOs 151 lbs.) proved to be a tough competitor, continuing to press forward and look for opening’s even while taking heavy fire, but the accuracy and busier work-rate of Bundu was too much for Munguia to overcome. The official tallies read 80-72, 80-72, and 79-73.

Unbeaten Heavyweight Wes Nofire, of Tahleque, Oklahoma, maintained his unblemished record with a fifth round stoppage of Anacortes, Washington’s Sylvester “Doc” Baron. Nofire (18-0, 14 KOs 250 lbs.) dropped Baron (8-6, 3 KOs 225 lbs.) twice in the fourth round, the first knockdown coming after a vicious one-two to the chin, the second moments later with a paralyzing hook to the mid-section. In the fifth round Nofire pressed hard and floored Baron once again with a straight right to the chin. The referee had just hit the count of six when Baron’s corner stepped up onto the apron, signaling their fighter was done. The end came at 1:48 of the fifth round.

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Brian Castano (9-0, 8 KOs 158 lbs.) made his U.S. Debut an impressive one, stopping Louisiana’s Todd Manuel (10-7-1, 1 KO 160 lbs.) in the first round of their Middleweight bout. Castano pressed from the start and quickly deposited his opponent on the seat of his trunks with a well placed right hand. Castano again dropped Manuel seconds later with another right. Manuel was up at seven, but seemed unsteady on his feet. After a Castano barrage went unanswered the fight was mercifully stopped at 2:53 of the first round.

2008 U.S. Olympian Raynell Williams, of Cleveland, Ohio, pitched a shut-out unanimous decision win over Tampa, Florida’s Farkhad Sharipov in a Super Lightweight bout. Williams (12-2, 4 KOs 134 lbs.), a southpaw, dropped Sharipov (4-3, 1 KO 137 lbs.) in the first round with a hard right hook to the head and again at the end of the second. Williams went on to easily outland Shariov over the next four rounds, notching his twelfth win as a pro via scores of 60-52.

In the evening’s opener, Poti, Goergia’s Levan Ghvamichava overcame the crafty toughness of veteran Cosme Rivera to secure a hard-fought fifth round stoppage victory. Ghvamichava (15-1-1, 12 KOs ) used steady pressure and precise combinations to keep Rivera (38-21-3, 27 KOs) on his back foot for most of the fight. Rivera had some moments of success in the fight, particularly in the second round when he was able to momentarily stun Ghvamichava with a counter left hook. Ghvamichava rebounded quickly, though, and by the fifth round was firmly in control and peppering Rivera with thudding hooks to the head and body. In between rounds, Rivera’s corner retired, giving the European fighter his fifteenth win as a pro and his twelfth within the distance. The bout was fought at the Super Lightweight limit.

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