When Sergio Thompson (22-2, 20 KOs) stopped Jorge Linares in two rounds last March, not only was it an early candidate for Upset of the Year, but it meant that the Cancun native was headed for a title shot against WBC lightweight champ, Antonio DeMarco.
Then Thompson was informed by Jose Sulaiman and the WBC that what was billed as a “WBC Lightweight Title eliminator fight” was not a “final” eliminator and, therefore, not a prelude to a title shot.
So, instead of preparing for a July shot at gold, Thompson is taking on Argentine punching bag, Juan Ramon Solis (17-5, 6 KOs) at a hotel complex in Cancun.
Solis is being sold as a fighter on a 12-fight win streak, but those twelve consecutive wins have come on the Argentina club circuit against opponents with a combined record of 80-151-10.
Thompson, himself, hasn’t been in very tough. Mostly fighting on low-level cards on the Mexican beach circuit, the Linares win and a split decision loss to Uzbekistan’s lightweight contender, Alisher Rahimov, represent the only significant bouts on his resume. Still, his Linares shocker has earned him a #10 ranking in The Boxing Tribune’s lightweight Top 10.
The co-feature at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun pits former Erik Morales victim, the 22-year-old Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) against the latest in a long line of heavy-handed, but crude Colombian bangers, 23-year-old Fidel Monterrosa Muñoz (29-5, 23 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout. Muñoz is best known for two unanimous decision losses to Humberto Soto.
The Mexico vs. Colombia match-up should be fairly competitive, given their respective skill levels and experience, but don’t expect Barrera-Morales.
Also, Deontay Wilder (21-0, 21 KOs) goes on a working beach vacation against Bartonsville, Pennsylvania’s Jesse Oltmanns (10-2, 7 KOs). How much of a threat to the Olympic bronze medalist is Oltmanns? His last bout was a split decision loss to 10-16-1 Joseph Rabotte.
The card will air on Fox Deportes in the United States this Saturday at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
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