By Rene Umanzor
Former champion Ulises "Archie" Solis is still trying to pick up the pieces of his life after suffering a beating on October 25, 2011 in Guadalajara - which Solis claims came at the hands of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Details on why there was a confrontation are still sketchy. Canelo has always denied his part in the fight, which allegedly had to do with a woman.
There were multiple reports where Canelo claimed the fight was between one of his brothers and Solis. But the former IBF junior flyweight champion claims Canelo was 100% the culprit of the alleged attack.
Solis suffered a broken jaw, multiple bruises and several of his teeth were knocked out. He underwent two surgeries to fix his jaw and was out of action for over a year. The IBF stripped him of his world title due to the inactivity. He also separated from wife due his mental state which developed after the beating.
Then he faced Edgar Sosa last March, and he was knocked out in two rounds.
"My life changed in 15 seconds [during that confrontation]. Since the day of the incident, it completely changed my life. My life is now full of problems, psychological instability, and my career was never the same," Solis said.
"It's been a little more than a year without fighting. My last fight, I took it not because I was ready [for it], but I took it because I had many debts that had accumulated. I had a very fragile jaw, with impaired vision, but I did it out of necessity because I had to put bread on the table of my house. I knew the risk and I accepted it."
"Fortunately I have two properties that give me a monthly income and that is what helps me cope with life. I don't have the same luxuries as before, but at least I'm not missing eating. The hardest thing has been the psychological problems. I am very concerned, not just for myself, but my family as well. Following that [incident] I had frequent problems with my partner, I even separated from my wife. I have a psychologist who is helping me."
Since the incident, Solis and his lawyer have tried to get Canelo charged and arrested, but to date no arrests have been made and no changes have been pressed. Solis claims the legal system and individuals with political influence are protecting Canelo because of his worth and superstar status.
Rene Umanzor covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.