Vitali Klitschko to fight Solis in March
Vitali Klitschko will defend his WBC heavyweight title against
undefeated Cuban fighter Odlanier Solis on March 19 in Cologne.
Solis, the 2004 Olympic champion, is 17-0 with 12 knockouts and
is the No. 1 ranked WBC challenger. Vitali Klitschko is 41-2, with
”Solis is a very experienced, quick and uncomfortable opponent
and I will not underestimate him,” the 39-year-old Klitschko said
through his management on Tuesday.
”I’ll show him in the ring that I am the true champion,” the
Ukrainian said. ”The bet remains in the Klitschko family.”
Klitschko’s younger brother Wladimir holds the IBF and WBO
titles and will defend them against unbeaten British challenger
Dereck Chisora in Mannheim, Germany, on April 30.
The only belt the Klitschko brothers don’t own is the WBA, which
is held by David Haye of Britain. Plans for a fight between Haye
and one of the Klitschko brothers keep falling through, although
Haye has said he hopes to fight Wladimir this year.
Solis earned the fight against Vitali when he won an eliminator
in December against Ray Austin, who was disqualified in the 10th
The Miami-based Cuban said Vitali had been fighting deadweights
in recent years and predicted he would take the belt away ”and
leave Cologne as the world champion.”
Klitschko’s last fight was in October when he won a unanimous
decision against Shannon Briggs in Hamburg.