Odlanier Solis weighs in at a fat 267.5lbs for Airich fight
(photo: S. Yamada) By Dan Ambrose: Despite being out of the ring for an entire year with which to work on whittling down all the blubber that he’s put on since leaving the amateur ranks, heavyweight Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KO’s) weighed in at a fat 267.5 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in for his fight against 2nd tier heavyweight Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KO’s) on Saturday at the Convention Center in Pharr, Texas.
This is pretty disappointing news for Solis, during his amateur career, was an in shape 200 pound heavyweight with speed and power. Indeed, Solis won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 2004 for Cuba and looked incredibly talented. However, since his amateur days have ended, Solis has backed on 50+ pounds and not looked nearly impressive as he once did because a lot of the weight he’s put is flab.
Solis weighed 246lbs for his last fight, a loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitshko last year in March. Solis looked fat even for that fight. His right leg gave out on him in the 1st round after taking a shot to the head. He ended up tearing the cartilage in his right knee and needed three surgeries to repair the problem.
Evidently, Solis must have packed on the pounds while he was healing up because there’s no other reason I can think of why he would come into a fight at near 270lbs with his small 6’1″ frame. He doesn’t have the size to be bloating up to 270 and making his legs carry him around. When you’ve got a bad knee like Solis does, you need to get as light as possible so that the knee isn’t further stressed. At 267.5, that’s a ton of weight for someone with a knee injury as bad as Solis’.
Unless Solis finds a fat far to go to after he defeats Airich tomorrow night, I can’t see him amounting to much in the heavyweight division. It’s only a matter of time before his surgically repaired knee starts acting up again with all the weight it’s being forced to carry around.
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