Saul Alvarez – Ulises Solis. Who is lying?
By Gerardo Granados: Photo credit: Alma Montiel – The World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was accused by the IBF light fly weight champion Ulises “Archie” Solis to have assaulted him. In real life you don’t get to pick your opponent in case a street brawl surface, if you have been involved in one street scuffle you know you have to make a choice: to run and avoid the fight or to engage no matter how big or dangerous your opponent might be or apparently be.
Prize fighters are different from the ordinary citizens, they will always be way more aggressive than the rest of the population, it comes natural to a fighter to engage, rather to run away from a fight inside the ring or at the street. Do you remember former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes jumping off a car roof to punish a Trevor Berbick in the street? Hey, what about the late Edwin Valero when he punked a guy in a press conference.
The allegations made by Solis might not be able to prove, so this will be the classic he said vs. he said but there is no way to prove who´s telling the truth. Maybe the WBC supports his champion and wants to help Solis by offering to pay his hospital bills; maybe Canelo was present but did not hit Ulises. Maybe Solis got confused and did not remember who hit him, why would Solis lie?
This issue resulted in a total mismatch for Ulises Solis because he is not the next boxing cash cow as Saul Alvarez will become, so he might have to settle with an outside court arrangement made by promoters. If the alleged aggression had taken place in the United Stated he would have a good chance to get justice but don’t aspect that he will be able to get any justice in Mexico
We might never get to know the truth, but Ulises Solis must be a really brave son of boxing to engage against a guy way bigger and more powerful than him. Hope “Archie” heals fast and gets back to training soon, and also champion remember to protect yourself at all times.
As for Alvarez only time will tell if this incident will affect his image or favor it. This incident is getting more attention than his fight against Kermit Cintron so it can´t be good for him.
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