Friday, 18 May 2012 13:36

Odlanier Solis Prepared for Historical Match Saturday Night

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MCALLEN, TX USA – Before Thursday evening, Cuban native Odlanier Solis had no idea that he was going to be part of Rio Grande Valley boxing history.

However, once the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist found out he would be involved in the first ever Heavyweight title fight in the Valley, he had two words to say.

"Super excited," said Solis.

Solis (17-1, 12 KO's) makes his return to the ring after suffering a 1st round loss due to a knee injury in his fight against the WBC champion Vitali Klitschko a year ago and will face Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KO's) of Germany in a 12-round battle for Airich's IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title as a part of "Fight Night in Pharr" on Saturday night at the Events Center in Pharr, TX.

Solis said that he is fully healed from the injury sustained in his first professional loss against Klitschko and is ready to take the title away from Airich.

"I spent a whole year rehabbing the knee after three surgeries and am at 100 percent right now," said Solis. "I am thrilled to get this opportunity to face Airich for his title and feel I am well prepared."


Pictured: V. Klitschko vs Solis Fight Poster for their March 2011 bout. Klitschko won via a first round TKO after Solis sustained a leg ingury.


"Being the champion, I am sure that Airich will come well prepared and do everything possible to keep his title. I am sure he will give me his best in the ring on Saturday night. But I also plan on bringing my best to the ring and have had an excellent training camp with Pedro Diaz, who just happens to train Miguel Cotto as well. We have a great game plan and will put it to the test come Saturday night."

If Solis is victorious, he said he wouldn't hesitate to face anyone of the top champions in the Heavyweight division. He also said if an opportunity to face Vitali or his brother Vladimir Klitschko should arise, he would jump at that chance.

"To be honest with you, I am ready for any champion that you put in front of me," said Solis. "I want to prove that I am one of the best Heavyweights in the world and will go toe-to-toe with anyone."

"However, it would be nice to get another chance at Vitali or Vladimir if the opportunity were to arise. I will fight anyone, anytime, and anywhere."


Video: Oldlanier Solis Highlights

John Cannon


John Cannon has been covering the sport of boxing for seven years now and is the editor for RGV Canvas, a local boxing and mixed martial arts website in South Texas. You can contact John at , or add him on Facebook.