Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico — Defending IBF junior flyweight champion, Ulises Solis (34-2-3, 21 KOs) had to deal with twelve rounds of head-first charges from Filipino challenger, Jether Oliva (17-1-1, 11 KOs), but he ultimately came away with a near-shutout unanimous decision by scores of 118-110, 119-109, 120-108
Oliva was plenty tough, but was so awkward that it led to an oddly-paced bout with more than a handful of head clashes, rabbit punches, clinches, and even a double take-down in the eleventh round.
Solis was consistent and sharp over the entire contest and did enough to win every round on The Boxing Tribune’s scorecard, but it was an obviously uncomfortable bout for the defending champ.
After the bout, am emotional Solis, who recently lost his father, gave credit to his dad as a great teacher and then issued a challenge to WBO flyweight champ, Brian Viloria, who defeated Solis for the IBF junior flyweight title in 2009.
In a co-feature upset, Mexico City’s Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) took the WBO strawweight title from defending champ and La Paz, Baja California Sur native, Raul Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) via 12-round split decision.
The bout was even and ferociously fought throughout, with both fighters tasting the canvas once (Garcia in the seventh and Fuentes in the ninth).
The judges’ scorecards read 114-112 and 114-112 for Fuentes with one score of 114-112 for Garcia. The Boxing Tribune had the fight scored a 113-113 draw.
On the undercard, 18-year-old second generation fighter, Alejandro “La Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (9-0-2, 4 KOs) stopped Jose Carlos Lopez (0-2) via TKO 2.
Centro De Espectaculos De La Feria Leon, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico — Librado Andrade (30-2, 2 KOs) celebrated his Guanajuato homecoming by stopping Canadian club fighter Matt O’Brien (18-3, 7 KOs) in three rounds.
Fighting for the first time in his home state, Andrade showed absolutely no finesse in walking right through his opponent. Along the way, the two-time world title challenger absorbed plenty of flush shot from an O’Brien who lacked the firepower to cause anything more serious than a bloody nose.
The end came in the third round when an Andrade uppercut dropped O’Brien. Not long after, an accumulation of punches forced the Canadian down again, causing his corner to wave the white towel of surrender.
On the undercard, Andrade’s brother, Enrique Ornelas (32-7, 20 KOs) beat journeyman, Alfredo Contreras (11-12-2, 5 KOs) via unanimous 10-round decision.
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