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 Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis on March 19th

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PostVitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis on March 19th

As reported by, Vitali Klitschko will be facing Odlanier Solis, long thought by many to be the hidden gem of the heavyweight division, on March 19th in defense of his WBC heavyweight title. The fight looks to be headed to, as many of the recent fights involving the Klitschko brothers have been, and the bout will be held in Germany.

Credit: Julia Alice Treptow
Of course, most of the recent news involving the heavyweight division and the Klitschko brothers as of late has revolved around their ongoing, drama-filled negotiations with David Haye. Younger brother Wladimir ended up signing on to reschedule his previously canceled bout against Dereck Chisora, while Vitali had his WBC mandatory to deal with in Solis.

Solis is 17-0 with 12 knockouts on his resume, and is a relatively fresh professional. That misses the point with him, however, as he is a decorated amateur from the Cuban program, with a 2004 gold medal hanging up in a trophy case at home.

The major issue with Solis is one that's familiar to American heavyweight Chris Arreola, his weight. Solis has weighed in as heavy as 271 lbs, stepping on the scales at about 260 lbs in his recent trouncing of Ray Austin this past December to earn the title shot. The lightest he has weighed as a professional was in March of 2008 when he faced Cisse Salif and weighed a shade under 247 lbs. Ideally, the 30-year-old La Sombra and his 6'1" frame is clearly more suited to a weight of about 240 lbs, particularly when facing someone with the physical conditioning and strength of someone like Vitali Klitschko.

As it is, Solis is still the best fighter that Vitali has faced since his return to the ring in 2008, and the best he has faced at all since his spirited losing effort against Lennox Lewis in 2003. But if Solis doesn't come to the bout fit and trim, then Klitschko vs. Solis is nothing but another anonymous bout in a distraught heavyweight division.

It's an intriguing contest, but it's one that fails to move the needle, particularly in the United States. The Klitschko brothers have all but been banned from HBO barring a noteworthy fight (Read: Haye, David), and American fans have seen little, if any, of Solis on television. HBO would have been wise to back Solis instead of Arreola several years prior, and wiser yet to get Solis and someone like Tomasz Adamek in the ring together, producing a fan-friendly, legitimate title challenger with whomever emerged from that meeting.

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Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis on March 19th :: Comments

Annoyed...... Solis was schooling Vitali, before the phantom punch. It's funny watching the Klitchsko's trying to milk a legacy out of their careers.
Challenger Solis Crumbles To Canvas In First; Vitali Scores Another Win

The theatre of the unexpected strikes again. Folks were hoping the pedigree of the Cuban born contender Odlanier Solis would emerge against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne, Germany on Saturday night. Well, it did just that as Solis started the first round like a man with something of a plan. But the plan unraveled quickly, when a right hook, delivered in retreat, on the forehead--or was it a left hand? or was it the wind?-- buzzed the 2004 Olympic gold medallist. He went down on his butt after a two second delay, and grabbed at his right knee. Solis, clearly pained, made it up at the count of six. But he needed to steady himself on the ropes, and he was on wobbly legs. The ref saw this, and halted the abbreviated bout. Vitali, now 42-2, hustled over to Solis (17-1) and barked at him, perhaps yapping at him to convey he believed he should have and could have continued. The official time of the end was 3:00 of the first.

Some folks thought that fact that the 30-year-old Solis was not as fat at weigh-in time as he had previously been was cause for hope. But many will now say that if he had not been packing 246 plus pounds on his frame, he might not have been as prone to injury. And hey, who knew that Solis' promoter Ahmet Oner moonlights as physician specializing in diagnosing sports injuries? He said after that the knee finished it for Solis, not any punch, and said that the loser would likely have surgery right away, because of torn ligaments.

Also, a prevalent instapundit reaction was that Solis was having a smashing first round, that he looked like he had the Klitschko riddle solved. Semi-baloney, I say. He wasn't that busy, though he did land a few clean blows. Mostly, he moved laterally, to his left, and the 39-year-old Vitali had him at the range he wanted, and assessed him as he let his joints lube up properly.
I must admit: I hoped maybe we would get a decent tussle here, and maybe some of my disappointment seeped into my coverage. I don't mean to take a cheap swat at Solis here, but when will these heavyweight learn, the bulk of them, that they should do everything in their power to reach a proper state of fitness when training for a heavyweight title bout?
Finally, Solis had a better night than EPIX. The new pay TV cabler drew fury and scorn as viewers were unable to log on to their website to watch the fight. Some logged on, but were kicked off. EPIX said this was because of a traffic surge. Not ready for primetime, many grumbled as they searched for a livestream somewhere. Hey, it's a new world out there in Medialand; we at TSS support any serious players who want to offer content, so we aren't goint to pile on, and bust EPIX chops. Next time, we're sure they'll do better. Can the same be said for Solis?
What a joke!

This could've been a start to a new Era in Heavyweight boxing, instead the brothers grim get away scot free without a test again!

However I do hope that Solis gets well and is able to pull out a clause or two to get a rematch!

Hold of for Haye now lets hope some disaster doesn't stop this happening!!!!!

Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis on March 19th

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