Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Archie Solis-Edgar Sosa III: Getting Back To Yesterday

by Cliff Rold

This Saturday, while most boxing fans in the U.S. still have their attention turned to the latest chapter in the Bernard Hopkins Methuselah Chronicles, a pair of old rivals will lock horns for the third time.  Airing on UniMas (the former Telefutura), we’ve got a twilight showdown between former 108 lb. titlists Edgar Sosa (47-7, 28 KO) and Ulises Solis (35-2-3, 22 KO).

Fans of smaller fighters know this should be a good one.  Even the most ardent may be scratching their heads and asking, ‘when did I miss their first two fights?”   

Unless one was making the rounds at local Mexico City cards in the early 00’s, it’s a fair question.  Both men have accomplished much in their careers.  They were co-reigning titlists during part of the last decade.  Sosa made 10 defenses of his WBC crown from 2007-09.  Solis defended the IBF diadem eight times from 2006-09. 

Since 2009, Sosa has fallen shy in challenge for glory at 112 lbs.  Solis regained his IBF belt but was stripped due to injury last year.  At their peaks, there was no unification clash between the two Mexican battlers.  There seldom are such affairs in the lowest weight classes (not that there are a ton higher on the scale). 

Sosa probably had the stronger title reign in terms of opposition.  Solis could always point to a pair of results that said he was the man.  Who could have known just what they were seeing when those results came in?

On Cinco De Mayo 2001, a 6-0-1 Solis won a six-round split decision over a 5-0 Sosa.  On boxing’s observed Mexican Independence Day weekend in September 2003, they squared off again.  By then 14-0-1, Solis managed a 12-round majority decision for the Mexican Light Flyweight title over a 12-4 Sosa. 

It would be Sosa’s last loss until the end of his title reign.  Of his two losses since, one (Rodel Mayol) was fraught with controversy over how it was officiated and the other (Pongsaklek Wonjongkam) came to a probable future Hall of Famer.  His title win in 2006 came against Brian Viloria in a solid affair.

Solis would lose only once, in his first title shot, before going on to glory.  His other loss, to end his first title run, came to Viloria in 2009.  It was just one of the cases of both men’s career’s intersecting in the years since the fought, one of their common opponents.  There has been plenty for them to compare each other against but their paths would not cross again until now.

Now is as good a time as any. 

Sosa is 33.  Solis is 31.  Both would like to find another title among their tomorrows.  To get there, they first must get back to yesterday and see if anything has changed since they were novices learning their trade.

Solis remains rated by two sanctioning bodies at 108 and could use a victory here to propel him to title contention in that class or at 112 lbs. 

Sosa can protect a more imminent possibility.  He is rated #1 by the WBC at 112 lbs. and is poised to play mandatory to the winner of the April showdown between champion Toshiyuki Igarashi and former Strawweight titlist Akira Yaegashi.  At 33, given the typical shelf life of Flyweights, Sosa can’t count on ever getting this close to a mandatory again.

He can’t afford another split, another majority decision, another loss of any kind. 

There is always the chance of something special when two veterans with something to fight for, with some pieces of their prime still remaining, square off.  This weekend, there is the added bonus of seeing two proven professionals in the ring for what will feel like the first time. 

It’s one chapter three with a freshness even the most jaded cynic can’t complain about. 
 
The Weekly Ledger

But wait, there’s more…

Abril Bests Bogere: http://www.boxingscene.com/abril-tames-lion-retains-his-belt-awkward-affair--62970
Ratings Update:
http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/view.php?pg=boxing-ratings

Cliff’s Notes…

For those who think the way back when was always better, a lot of fights in the unlimited rounds era probably looked a lot more like Richard Abril-Sharif Bogere then Gatti-Ward.  Imagine 40 rounds of that?  Be happy some fights can only last twelve rounds…Finally got around to checking out the show “Homeland.”  A few episodes in and, so far, it’s pretty overrated.  FX’s “The Americans” is better…Gary Russell calling out Juan Manuel Lopez is awesome.  It allows him to sound ready for bigger fights while tricking the awesome with a name they’ve heard before.  That name is of course with a rival promoter so Russell can continue on with this ridiculous slow roll development of his.  How any of this makes him a better fighter remains to be seen…The whole Ricky Burns-Miguel Vazquez delay only has to kill a showdown between Burns and Broner if Burns were to be cut in a win.  Otherwise, a June 15th showdown with Broner isn’t impossible to make except by modern boxing illogic.  Two months used to be plenty of time…Francisco Pianeta is as good as anyone in terms of foes for Wladimir Klitschko.  It’s amusing to see some American fans complaining like they have a clue who fights at Heavyweight these days.      

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and a member the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 03-06-2013

this is the bout I watch, forget hopkins....it's free on Channel 43, Direct tv...I pick Sosa...

Comment by HardAss on 03-06-2013

Winner fights canelo

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Ward-Kovalev: $3.3 Million Live Gate From 10,066 Tickets Sold Abel Sanchez: Andy Ruiz Ready For 50-50 Fight With Joseph Parker Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Putting in Work For Ring Return Claudio Marrero Eager For Zambrano Clash as Purse Bid Looms McGregor: I Was Minding My Business, Mayweather Called Me Out Erik Skoglund Will Have a Familiar Head Trainer in His Corner Andy Ruiz on Parker: When Bell Rings, I'm Going Into Beast Mode! Jack Culcay vs. Demetrius Andrade Purse Bid on December 15 Abner Mares: I'll Prove I'm Still Elite, That I Can Make a Big Bang Anthony Joshua Could Fight in Nigeria For Right Price, Says Hearn Brook Mentions Spence, But Talks Thurman-Garcia, Pacquiao Parker-Ruiz Title Fight Nearing Sold Out Status in New Zealand Frampton: Santa Cruz Can't Be Busier or Better in Our Rematch Jason Sosa Relfects on Memorable 2016 Run, Maps Out Future Saunders: Need Another Fight Before Golovkin, Other Top Foe Mason Menard Views Ray Beltran Fight As Doorstep To Stardom Wilder: Joshua Has Fought D-Level Guys; Wouldn't Be Big in U.S. Izu Ugonoh Explains His Decision To Sign on With Al Haymon Haye: My Fight is Headline News, Zero Talk About Joshua-Molina Murat Gassiev's Title Win Continues New Cruiserweight Trend Romain Jacob, Due to Vision Issues, Retires From Boxing Parker's Promoter Rips Haye For Taking Easy Route, Easy Money Danny Roman vs. Adam Lopez - WBA Eliminator on ShoBox, 1/20 Ellerbe Couldn't Care Less About McGregor's Trash Talk, Motives Nicholas Walters Vows Redemption: I Will Be Back Even Better! "Fighting Words" - Five Biggest Storylines From This Busy Coming Weekend Kovalev Calls Ward 'Son of Judges,' Mocks Surprised Look In Tweet Michael Katsidis is Latest To Pursue Conor McGregor Payday Video: Andrew Tabiti Talks Career Status, Cruiserweight Division Joseph Parker Taking Klitschko Lessons in The Ring With Ruiz Video: Badou Jack Talks Kovalev-Ward, Mayweather-McGregor Gassiev: I Was Surprised at How Tough Lebedev Was, He Hits Hard Ed Brown, 25, Passes Away Sunday Following Fatal Shooting Andy Ruiz Hits New Zealand Feeling Strong, Confident of Victory Video: Bermane Stiverne Discusses Alexander Povetkin Title Fight Juan Carlos Reveco Bounces Back With Wide Points Win Photos: Murat Gassiev, Denis Lebedev Wage War in Moscow Troyanovsky: I Never Saw The Punch, I Hope To Get a Rematch Murat Gassiev-Denis Lebedev: Post-Fight Report Card Saunders Admits Weight Issue, Needed 6 Months To Drop From 210
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement