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|Real name||Odlanier Solís Fonte|
|Nickname(s)||La Sombra ("The Shadow")|
|Height||6 ft 1 1⁄2 in (187 cm)|
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
April 5, 1980 |
|Wins by KO||14|
Odlanier Solís Fonte (born April 5, 1980) is a Cuban professional boxer, and former top-rated contender who has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2011. Solis was one the heavyweight division's most celebrated, and decorated, amateur stars of the 2000s. He won a gold 2004 Olympics, and a record three consecutive golds at the World Championships in 2001, 2003, and 2005.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Defection
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 References
- 6 External links
In 1999 he won the Cuban championship beating Félix Savón. Until 2004 he defended his title five times consecutively.
His record was 227 victories, 14 losses. He never lost at a major event (world championships, Olympics) and beat fellow Cuban Félix Savón in two of their three fights. One of those fights was in the Cuban Olympic boxing trial finals in 2000, and the win normally would have allowed Solis to fight in Sydney. Savon, however, was the two-time defending Olympic champion and a gold medal would have equaled the record that László Papp of Hungary and countryman Teófilo Stevenson set with three consecutive boxing gold medals. Thus, Savon was given the spot over Solis, who did not participate in the Olympics at all.
In 2001 he beat Russian Olympic silver medalist of 2000 Sultan Ibragimov in the semifinals on points and in the final British David Haye by TKO. Haye gave Solis a standing eight count in the first round and was up by 7 points, but Solis came back strong, turned the score around in the second round and won the fight by stoppage in the third. At the time of stoppage, score was 31–17 in favour of Solis.
In 2003 he won on points in the final against Russian archrival Aleksandr Alekseyev who would win the next world championship. Also, Solis defeated Sultan Ibragimov once more (13-7) in four rounds in the XXXIII Chemistry Cup in Halle, Germany, on March 10, 2002.
- 2004 in Athens, Greece (heavyweight)
- 2005 in Moscow, Russia (heavyweight)
Pan American Games
- 1999 in Winnipeg, Canada (heavyweight)
- 2003 in Winnipeg, Canada (heavyweight)
World Junior Championships
- 1998 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (heavyweight)
- Defeated Steffen Kretschmann (Germany) 8–1
- Defeated Evgeniy Arkhipov (Russia) 8–2
- Defeated Sebastian Ceballos (Argentina) 7–5
- Three times World Senior Champion (2001, 2003, 2005)
- Six time Cuban National Champion (1999–2004)
- Chemiepokal – 2002, 2003, 2004
- Central American and Caribbean Championships – 1999
- Pan American Boxing Championships – 2005
Notable defeated fighters
- Cubans: Felix Savón (2 wins, 1 loss), Robert Alfonso 3 wins, Michel López Núñez (3 wins, 3 losses), Osmay Acosta (RSC), Yoan Pablo Hernández (2 wins) TKO & 10-1.
- Non-Cubans: Islam Timurziev (1 win, 1 loss), Roman Romanchuk (1 win, 2 losses), Vyacheslav Glazkov (1 win), Kubrat Pulev (2 wins, 1 loss), Sultan Ibragimov (2 wins), David Haye (1 win).
He defected from the national Cuban boxing team in December 2006, during training in Venezuela for the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro. With him, came two fellow amateurs and reigning Olympic champions, Yan Barthelemí Varela and Yuriorkis Gamboa Toledano. After escaping to Colombia, they arrived in Miami. Solís, who plans to reside in Germany, signed a professional promotional contract with German-based First Artist.
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Solís made his professional debut on April 27, 2007, weighing in at a much higher weight at 250+ lbs than as an amateur (where he weighed at a solid 200 lbs) but knocked out 32–7 veteran Andreas Sidon 47 seconds into the first round. In the next 18 months he racked up an 11–0 record against creditable opposition at this stage of a professional career, and in October 2008 he defeated Chauncy Welliver for the WBC international heavyweight title.
Solís vs. Barrett
Solis fighting out of Miami, Florida, made his third successful defense of the WBC International Heavyweight title with a second round stoppage of Monte Barrett of Queens, New York. Solis, now 15–0 with 11 KOs, a Cuban defector with an extensive amateur career, fought a very cautious first as a careful counterpuncher, preferring to feel out the experienced Barrett, age 38, 34–8, 20 KOs, to see if he had anything left. In the second, Solis opened up with a long left to Barrett's chin that decked him. Barrett just beat the count. In the barrage from Solis that followed, Barrett went down from a slip under pressure, got up, then got knocked out.
Solís vs. Drumond
On March 20, 2010, Solis fought and defeated Carl Davis Drumond by fourth-round TKO to retain his WBC International Heavyweight title and to win the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight title. After toying with Drumond for the first three rounds Solis unleashed a barrage of punches during the last 20 second of round three and would have knocked Drumond down had he not been saved by the ropes, making Drumond not want to come out for the fourth round.
Solís vs. Vitali Klitschko
Solis defeated Ray Austin in a WBC title eliminator when Austin was disqualified in the 10th round. Solis connected with combinations to the head in the 10th, with Austin seemingly out on his feet and repeatedly holding Solis to avoid additional shots. The win set up Solis to fight Vitali Klitschko, becoming the mandatory challenger. On 11 January, it was official confirmed that the fight between Vitali Klitschko and Solís was going to take place in Cologne, Germany, on 19 March 2011. Both fighters promised a victory by knockout.
On 19 March 2011, the two boxers took to the ring in front of a sell-out crowd of over 19,000. In the first round of the fight, after the ten-second warning bell rang, Solis threw a left and right which didn't connect, to Klitschko's chin. Vitali Klitschko returned the favor with a short right to Solis's left temple. What followed has been extensively debated by fans and pundits. Some claim that as he was already falling to the ground, Solis injured his right knee while making an effort to prevent himself from hitting the ground. Others maintain that he simply injured his knee, while backpedalling, and was unable to continue. Some believe he was injured prior to the bout but didn't disclose it for fear of not getting paid. The slow motion shows that he was momentarily stunned by the almost grazing temple punch, and his foot froze to the canvas, whilst his leg and body continued backwards, causing an injury to his ankle. He was not able to continue and the fight was ruled a 1st rd KO.
Post Klitschko comeback
Solis launched a comeback following his rehabilitation from knee surgery and scored four consecutive victories over the next three years including points wins over Konstantin Airich and undefeated prospect Leif Larsen. Problematically though it seemed Solis had lost a certain amount of his punching power and foot speed.
Consecutive losses and decline
In 2015 Solis lost two consecutive bouts to former world title challenger, veteran, Tony Thompson. The first was by a close split decision and the second by TKO as Solis retired in his corner for reasons unknown midway through the bout. Since his losses to Thompson Solis has won two bouts against low level opposition. His current ranking according to boxrec is 42 in the world and there has been no speculation regarding a substantive ring return.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|25 fights||22 wins||3 losses|
|25||Win||22–3||Aleksandar Todorovic||PTS||8||Sep 17, 2016||Göppingen, Germany|
|24||Win||21–3||Milos Dovedan||KO||2 (6), 1:53||Aug 4, 2016||ECB Boxgym, Hamburg, Germany|
|23||Loss||20–3||Tony Thompson||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||Feb 27, 2015||Gloria Sports Arena, Antalya, Turkey||For vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title|
|22||Loss||20–2||Tony Thompson||SD||12||Mar 22, 2014||Atatürk Spor Salonu, Tekirdağ, Turkey||For vacant WBC International heavyweight title|
|21||Win||20–1||Yakup Saglam||TKO||7 (12), 2:30||Jul 27, 2013||Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|20||Win||19–1||Leif Olve Dolonen Larsen||UD||12||Mar 22, 2013||Universal Hall, Berlin, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|19||Win||18–1||Konstantin Airich||UD||12||May 19, 2012||Events Center, Pharr, Texas, U.S.||Won IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title|
|18||Loss||17–1||Vitali Klitschko||KO||1 (12), 2:59||Mar 19, 2011||Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany||For WBC heavyweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Ray Austin||DQ||10 (12), 2:59||Dec 17, 2010||American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, U.S.||Austin disqualified for punching after the bell|
|16||Win||16–0||Carl Davis Drumond||RTD||3 (10), 3:00||Mar 20, 2010||Mallory Square, Key West, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBA Fedelatin and WBC International and heavyweight titles|
|15||Win||15–0||Monte Barrett||TKO||2 (10), 1:54||Oct 10, 2009||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained WBC International heavyweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Dominique Alexander||TKO||1 (8), 2:55||Jun 12, 2009||Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Kevin Burnett||TKO||8 (10), 2:00||Jan 9, 2009||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC International heavyweight title;
Won vacant WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title
|12||Win||12–0||Chauncy Welliver||TKO||9 (12), 1:23||Oct 11, 2008||O2 World Arena, Berlin, Germany||Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Chad Van Sickle||TKO||1 (8), 1:32||Sep 12, 2008||Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany|
|10||Win||10–0||Harry Duiven Jr.||UD||8||Jun 7, 2008||Karl-Eckel-Weg Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Germany|
|9||Win||9–0||Mamuka Jikurashvili||KO||2 (8), 1:34||Apr 26, 2008||Spor Salonu, Trabzon, Turkey|
|8||Win||8–0||Cisse Salif||UD||8||Mar 14, 2008||Zenith, Munich, Germany|
|7||Win||7–0||Adrian Rajkai||KO||3 (8)||Feb 29, 2008||PalaLido, Milan, Italy|
|6||Win||6–0||Julius Long||UD||8||Dec 23, 2007||Maritim Hotel, Halle, Germany||Won vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title|
|5||Win||5–0||Jeremy Bates||TKO||2 (8), 0:18||Oct 19, 2007||Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany|
|4||Win||4–0||Marcus McGee||KO||2 (6), 2:14||Sep 21, 2007||Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany|
|3||Win||3–0||Aldo Colliander||UD||4||Jul 6, 2007||Arena Gym, Hamburg, Germany|
|2||Win||2–0||Aleksey Masikin||KO||1 (4), 0:43||Jul 6, 2007||Atatürk Sport Hall, Ankara, Turkey|
|1||Win||1–0||Andreas Sidon||KO||1 (4), 0:47||Apr 27, 2007||Arena Gym, Hamburg, Germany||Professional debut|
- [dead link]
- "Don King Announces the WBC Heavyweight Title Elimination bout for December 17th in Miami. Solis vs. Austin". 15rounds.com. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
- Professional boxing record for Odlanier Solís from BoxRec
- Amateur record (in Spanish) (archived)
- Odlanier Solis Q&A at BoxingInsider
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byFres Oquendo
|WBC Latino heavyweight champion
December 23, 2007 – February 2008
Title next held byGonzalo Basile
Title last held byJuan Carlos Gómez
|WBC International heavyweight champion
October 11, 2008 – December 2010
Title next held byBermane Stiverne
Title last held byAndrew Golota
|WBA Fedelatin heavyweight champion
January 9, 2009 – December 2010
|IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
May 19, 2012 – March 2014
Title next held byErkan Teper