McDonnell Outpoints Solis to Retain WBA Title

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McDonnell Outpoints Solis to Retain WBA Title

McDonnell controlled the action in the second half of the fight. (Photo: Sumio Yamada)
McDonnell controlled the action in the second half of the fight. (Photo: Sumio Yamada)

Saturday night at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco, WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs), from Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, won a unanimous decision over former unified super flyweight champion Liborio Solis (25-5-1, 11 KOs), from Maracay, Venezuela, currently ranked #2 by the WBA, to retain his title after 12 hard-fought rounds.

The champion, fighting out of the red corner in white trunks with red and blue trim, was defending the title he won in 2014 with a TKO victory over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for a fifth time.

The challenger, fighting out of the blue corner in blue trunks with red and gold trim, got off to a fast start and drew first blood in the first round from McDonnell’s nose in a terrific give-and-take fight.

McDonnell came into his own in the second half of the fight as Solis began to tire.

The final round was among the best of the year as the two men went at it at the bell.

The final scores were 116-112 (Nelson Vazquez), 115-113 (Stanley Christodoulou), and 117-111 (Robert Hoyle).

After the fight McDonnell said, “We wanted a hard 12 rounds,” which was exactly what he got.

Photos Sumio Yamada

This article was penned by the author who is not related to the WBA and the statements, expressions or opinions referenced herein are that of the author alone and not the WBA.


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