Klitschko-Solis: Odlanier looking thinner but still too fat to beat Vitali
By Chris Williams: Photo credit Marianne Mueller – With one week away from the March 19th match-up between the chunky challenger Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KO’s) and the lean and in shape WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KO’s) at the Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, the 30-year-old Solis appears to have lost a lot of weight judging from the recent photos of Solis while on his way to Germany a couple of days ago for his fight against the 6’7″ Klitschko. Solis, who has been ranging from 260 to 271 in in his last three bouts, appears to have trimmed down to at least 250+.
However, he doesn’t look like he’s taken off a dramatic amount of weight, and unfortunately he’s going to need to take off a lot of tonnage if he’s going to have a reasonable chance at pulling off an upset against the 39-year-old Vitali. Solis has great boxing skills, there’s no question about that. But carrying around 250 to 260 pounds on a small 6’1″ frame is going to handicap Solis in a major way and cause him to be stationary and utterly hittable.
This fight could wind up being a lot like Vitali’s 2004 fight against Danny Williams, who came into that fight weighing 270 at 6’3″. Williams actually looked good compared to the way the way that Solis has been looking in the past four years as a pro. Solis was at his best weight while an amateur when he fought at 200 pounds in the heavyweight class. He was good as a heavyweight, but since he turned pro, he’s packed on the pounds and he weighs as much as a super heavyweight, but he hasn’t grown any taller or added any more power or speed. It looks bad for Solis. I can’t see him winning against Vitali and he doesn’t enough time to take off much more weight.
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