Jamie McDonnell to make world title defence against Liborio Solis

11/10/2016 08:48

WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs) will defend his title against former world champion Liberio Solis (25-4-1, 11 KOs) on November 12 at the Salle des Etoiles, Monte-Carlo.

The Briton has previously made four defences of his world title, including a pair of points wins over Tomoki Kameda last year and a ninth-round stoppage over Fernando Vargas in April.

Venezuela's Solis, a former WBA super flyweight titleholder, once again attempts to become a two-weight world champion, having lost on points to WBC champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in March. Both fighters scored knockdowns in the bout before the champion was awarded a unanimous decision.

Also on the card, British contender Stephen Smith (24-2, 14 KOs) will challenge American Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs) for the WBA super featherweight title.

Smith lost a unanimous decision to IBF champion Jose Pedraza in his first world title attempt but rebounded with a 7th-round stoppage win over Daniel Brizuela in May.

Sosa dethroned previously unbeaten Javier Fortuna by 11th-round TKO in June in his last fight.

There’s also a rematch between former two-weight world champion Arthur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) and Britain's Martin Murray (33-4-1, 16 KOs).

The German fighter defended the WBO super middleweight title against Murray, winning a split decision in November, but lost the belt to unbeaten Mexican Gilberto Ramirez by unanimous decision in April. Abraham bounced back with a 8th-round stoppage win over Tim Robin Lihaug in July.
Murry lost a unanimous decision to countryman George Groves in June in his last fight.

Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) will make his European debut when he takes on American Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round heavyweight bout.