Tony Thompson outpoints Odlanier Solis
American veteran Tony Thompson (38-4, 16 KO’s) beat Odlanier Solis (20-2, 13 KO’s) of Cuba by a 12 round split decision on Saturday night at Atatürk Spor Salonu, Tekirdag, Turkey.
The final judges scores were 115-114, 115-113 for Thompson and116-112 for Solis.
6’5″ Thompson had too much size for the smaller 6’1″ Solis in this fight, and most of the rounds saw Solis being jabbed constantly in the face. Thompson was throwing nonstop punches that Solis had no answer for. Occasionally, Solis would throw a few shots, but mostly he just stood and covered up. Solis had the better power, but he would frequently miss with his shots when trying to nail Thompson.
The WBC's open scoring practice was in effect, though it was a bit curious. After four rounds, scores were announced as 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37, all for Solis. After the scores were announced, Thompson tore into Solis even more than he had before, and totally dominated him for the next four rounds. After eight rounds, scores were 77-75 twice for Thompson, and 78-74 for Solis.
With the win, 42-year-old Thompson picked up the WBC's International title, meaning he might be able to get himself another WBC world title shot. Though after Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola fight for the vacant title on May 10, there's already a mandatory challenger in waiting in Deontay Wilder, so it is unlikely to be his next fight.
For Solis, 33, it’s difficult to say where he should go. When Solis turned pro in 2007, big things were expected. But he's never seemed to take his career all that seriously, and the motivation just doesn't seem to be there for him. He might be better off retiring from the sport, because if he can’t even beat an older fighter like Thompson, then there’s no place for him to go.