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Wade narrowly beats Soliman

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

Headlining the ShoBox card at Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington, Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) remained unbeaten by scoring a split decision win over former titlist Sam Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) after 10 competitive rounds.

“This was by far my toughest fight, and my best win as a pro,’’ Wade said afterward. “I knew there was going to be a problem fighting an experienced, totally awkward guy like that. Really, it’s impossible to prepare for a fight like this. But I kept my poise throughout and that was a key.

“Soliman was physically fit, but not one thing he did surprised me. His punches weren’t anything. I thought it was a close fight, but I knew I landed the harder, cleaner shots. I wasn’t worried at all about the decision.

WADE VS SOLIMAN-TRAPPFOTOS-06262015-3424Both fighters tried to impose their respective styles on the other, with each fighter trading rounds.  In the fourth round, Wade scored a disputed knockdown on Soliman, which would ultimately win him the fight, as the scores would have resulted in a split draw.  As such, scores were 97-93, 95-94 and 93-96.

In the co-feature, Erickson Lubin (11-0, 8 KOs) dropped Ayi Bruce (23-10, 15 KOs) twice in the first round, en route to a stoppage win after 2:49 into the fight.

In the ShoBox opener, Oscar Rivas (17-0, 12 KOs) blasted out Jason Pettaway (17-3, 10 KOs), scoring multiple knockdowns in the process, though the first one was not counted due to punching Pettaway while he was down (resulting in a 2-point deduction).

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