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Belmontes, Solis Set For Saturday Telefutura Showcase

By Jake Donovan

There were no issues at the scales during Friday's weigh-in for this weekend's Telefutura Solo Boxeo Tecate broadcast. The show airs live from the Pharr Convention Center in McAllen, TX (Saturday, 11PM CT). 

In the headliner, unbeaten local prospect Jerry Belmontes (15-0, 5KO) takes on Rameses Gil of Puerto Rico (7-3-5, 5KO) in an eight-round super featherweight bout. Belmontes weighed in at 129.5 lb, while Gil came in at the divisional limit of 130 lb.

A special heavyweight attraction features the comeback of 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Odlanier Solis. The heavyweight contender fights for the first time since his failed title bid against Vitali Klitschko in March '10. Solis takes on Konstantin Airich in a 12-round regional heavyweight title fight. 

While the talent is undeniable, the results have been less than eye-catching. Solis was holding his own for the brief amount of time he was in the ring with Klitschko, until he was dropped and his knee gave in at the end of the round. Saturday's comeback isn't promising from a conditioning standpoint, as Solis (17-1, 12KO) came in at a fleshy 267.5 lb. Airich (23-5-2, 17KO) came in at a lean 225.75 lb. 

Highlights of the heavyweight attraction will be shown via delay on the telecast.

The televised portion of the card opens with a four-round super bantamweight bout between local rookies Oscar Tovar (4-1, 2KO) and Gilbert Cancino (1-0). Tovar, who hails from Alton, TX, weighed in at 123 lb., slightly heavier than the Brownsville-based Cancino, who weighed 122.25.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected] 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chubano on 05-18-2012

Yes, I read it on boxeoMundial. His weight is not an issue“, adds the coach. „Peopleshould judge Solis from his performance in the ring. See how fast he is, seehow he moves in the ring. Who cares about the scale…

Comment by frosty-g on 05-18-2012

was 2011 solís last fought, not 2010

Comment by frosty-g on 05-18-2012

[QUOTE=chubano;12145096]I hope he shows some better shape, his worst enemy is the weight. I do not know why Diaz keeps telling him that weight does not matter, I disagree with Diaz, Solis needs to be at 235lb.[/QUOTE] does díaz actually…

Comment by chubano on 05-18-2012

I hope he shows some better shape, his worst enemy is the weight. I do not know why Diaz keeps telling him that weight does not matter, I disagree with Diaz, Solis needs to be at 235lb.

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