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Photos: Odlanier Solis Back on 5/19, in Camp With Cotto

One year ago Cuban heavyweight sensation suffered a bad knee injury when challenging WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne, Germany. At the end of the first round which he would have won on the scorecards, Solis’ knee gave in, forcing the referee to stop the fight. "La Sombra“ had to undergo surgery three times and was unable to get back into the ring so far even though his comeback had been announced a couple of times last year. Now the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple world amateur champion ist finally set to return to action on May 19th in Texas on a show promoted by Kathy Duva (Main Events) along with Ahmet Oner (ARENA).

At the moment Solis is in training camp in Florida with champion coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez who is also preparing Miguel Cotto for his light middleweight mega fight against Floyd Mayweather jr. on May 5th in Las Vegas.

"It feels great to be finally back in action and working on my comeback“, says Solis. "The last twelve months have been hell with a lot of setbacks but now I’m ready to go at it again. Of course, it adds some extra motivation to work with a great champion like Miguel Cotto. We have lots of fun at camp but, of course, we are both very focused and working hard on our goals.“

Solis’ opponent for his comeback fight has not been announced yet but promoter Ahmet Oner knows that his fighter doesn’t need an easy build up against any kind of journey man.

"Solis is a spezial fighter“, says Oner.

"I still believe that he is the biggest force in the heavyweight division besides the Klitschko brothers. In the last weeks and months I heard lots of people talking about the heavyweight division and discussing all different kinds of names as possible Klitschko challengers or heavyweight hopes. I never heard the name Odlanier Solis. People overlooked him because he has been out of action for quite a while but I am sure that his comeback fight will put him right back on the map. We will not waste any time with fights against tomato cans. We are looking for a real test for his comeback. It’s not easy because there are not many fighters out there who actually dare to step into the ring with Solis but I’m sure that we will present a good solution very soon. When Solis stays healthy and doesn’t suffer any more injuries, I am sure that he will be world champion very soon. We will go after Wladimir Klitschko immediately. But of course, we would be ready for a rematch with Vitali as well. Solis is one of very few fighters in the world who could actually beat both brothers and I am convinced that he will prove it once he gets another chance."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JAB5239 on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=Superflo777;11952337]You know the medical doctor later admitted he was wrong when he thought Vitali was blind on one eye. I also think these 2 fights are completely different and can't be compared and the Lewis-McCall fight is yet another completely…

Comment by Superflo777 on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=JAB5239;11952202][FONT="Tahoma"][COLOR="Navy"]Not according to a medical doctor who was of the opinion Vitaly could have suffered permanent and career ending injury. Lennox wanted to go on against McCall in their first fight, and he was winning.....it was till a legitimate stoppage…

Comment by KingTito on 03-30-2012

Solis is a great talent. I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do.

Comment by JAB5239 on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=Superflo777;11952181]No, unlike Solis,[B] Vitali was able[/B] and willing to continue fighting against Lewis.[/QUOTE] [FONT="Tahoma"][COLOR="Navy"]Not according to a medical doctor who was of the opinion Vitaly could have suffered permanent and career ending injury. Lennox wanted to go on against McCall…

Comment by Superflo777 on 03-30-2012

[QUOTE=JAB5239;11952170][FONT="Tahoma"][COLOR="Navy"] I thought Solis was winning the round until his knee caved. Since it was ruled a knockdown I would have given the round to Vitaly had it gone to score. As for the part I bolded....than you must believe…

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