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Oner: Odlanier Solis is Now Taking Career Seriously

By Luke Furman

Promoter Ahmet Oner says Olympic heavyweight champion Odlanier Solis (19-1, 12 KOs) is finally taking his career very seriously. The 33-year-old Cuban wants to secure a shot at the unified king of the heavyweights, Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs). Solis is hoping to land a shot at Klitschko in 2014. He was last seen in action in March of this year, winning a twelve round decision over previously undefeated Leif Larsen.

"Solis is already in training and weighs 250 pounds. When he started this camp, he weighed 270. In the end I think he realized that this was his last chance. When he was asked for a larger payout [against Tomasz] Adamek, Solis [was not ready and then Adamek] selected Steve Cunningham. Then [trainer] Pedro Diaz threatened him. [Diaz] said that he would leave him if Solis [refused to clean up his act]. Odlanier took this to heart and is now a changed man," Oner said.

Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by billeau2 on 05-25-2013

First of all Solis lost the one fight he lost due to injury. His weight never prevented him from winning a fight. That would be a fact. This guy at 240 woud be a force to be reckoned with.

Comment by billeau2 on 05-25-2013

[QUOTE=BennyST;13412880]Why does this still come up? In another ten years, this will become a bit like the Cooper/Ali myth ie. complete horse**** (he wasn't down long, he only had one minute, his glove wasnt cut by Dundee etc etc) spread…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 05-25-2013

[QUOTE=BennyST;13412880]Why does this still come up? In another ten years, this will become a bit like the Cooper/Ali myth ie. complete horse**** (he wasn't down long, he only had one minute, his glove wasnt cut by Dundee etc etc) spread…

Comment by damit305 on 05-25-2013

[QUOTE=BennyST;13412880]Why does this still come up? In another ten years, this will become a bit like the Cooper/Ali myth ie. complete horse**** (he wasn't down long, he only had one minute, his glove wasnt cut by Dundee etc etc) spread…

Comment by BennyST on 05-25-2013

[QUOTE=damit305;13412675]So this bum... *clears throat* can possibly beat Stiverne. Doesn't that make Solis a more worthy opponent for Vitali? Besides the redundant argument that Solis is not professional due to his weight, why else would people not want to witness…

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