Solis with just one loss defends his 107 lbs light flyweight crown against Brian Veloria. The fight happened at the Araneta Coliseum in the busy Cubao, Quezon City. Bruce Mctavish is the third man in the ring. It happened on the morning of April 19, 2009 (Manila time).
Round 1. Veloria was first to test the waters, unleashing a flurry of “one two combinations”. Solis followed displaying a potent weapon, sharp stinging jabs. Veloria tags Solis with the one two’s on the head and also tries downstairs. But Solis sharp left jabs continues to find mark late in the round.
Veloria may have known in this round he has a chance provided he up his aggressiveness. He had to move away from those jabs too.
Round 2. Veloria’s right is doing a find job. He pins Solis at the ropes. With his jab, Solis thwarts the aggression. Luckily for him, Veloria is not moving enough to stay clear of his jabs. The champion’s body shots are on the mark too.
Crowd joins in with chants of “VE-LO-RIA!”. The Hawaiian punch answered well ending with a beautiful “one two” to the head.
Round 3. Mctavish warns Solis for a low blow. The champ’s skills starts to be displayed in this round. He comes in excellently with hand fakes.
Solis had acknowledged the first low blow, but seemingly not this one. He shakes his head while Mctavish takes one point off him.
In the whole, the clash of pinpoint long range jabbing against sporadic “one two” punches makes this round appear even. Except for the deduction.
Round 4. Solis opens with a flurry of his own. Veloria answers with beautifully place uppercuts. Again Solis shows excellence coming in and initiating and looks determined to control the round. For his part, Veloria’s “one two” are finding the mark but seems to be devoid of enough finishing touch. Or maybe Solis is just good at dodging the Hawaiian punch, or he had hard jaws. The Hawaiian punch still had to show real teeth especially with those “one two” punches or else the Solis’ jabs could wear him out.
Round 5. Veloria takes the initiator position again. Solis shows a cut above his right eye. Mctavish stops the fight with about 1:53 left in the round for the doc who gave the thumbs up.
Veloria now shows the desire to win, which is what everybody wanted him to be into, with a furious flurry of shots but… ouch! There is really some danger with those low digs. If it hits right, money could roll in instantly or in the long run. But an overestimation could cost a precious point. Solis opted to take the risk of the latter… and there it goes. Another point deducted from Solis. This is one big round for Veloria.
Round 6. Now they are “toe- toe”. Solis definitely had champion’s skills. For example, he goes “toe-toe”, pumps back a little and takes a quick dig at the sides. Beautiful shot. But its power is obviously doubtful, or maybe Veloria’s latissimus dorsi and abdominal obliques muscles are shielding well.
Still Veloria has to rely on something else more than well developed physique to push back his aggressor. It is a fully solid Solis round. Veloria had hit mostly air in this round.
Round 7. The fight is again a seesaw battle. But Veloria looks slowed while Solis piles up points stalking the Hawaiian Punch at the corner. Veloria is just without a furious flurry while Solis seems to be increasing in aggressiveness every round.
Round 8. Veloria defends but is not moving much. And he really had to put up punches together as Solis seem to be able to withstand the power in those one punch tags. He went to the midsection which visibly slowed Solis. But late in the round, Solis managed to find the marks. Veloria looks to have grappled for the ropes after absorbing some hits in a combination from the champion.
Round 9. Veloria had to follow up on the midsection but he opted to make do with the usual “one two” punches to the head. And really the champ seem to have upped his punch resistance this day. Solis then press him on the ropes with jabs although getting hit as consequence with beautiful punch combination from his prey.
Round 10. The long range jabs are a real potent weapon for Solis. Veloria looks to finish it off but the champ stands fighting. It was the usual seesaw exchange. Whoever was throwing is hitting and pushing back.
Round 11. Veloria goes on the waiting stance. A viper ready to defend and attack. But Solis too, an experience champion charges forward showing furious eyes as well.
Both are on the wait. Solis eyes looks sharp and comes in after dodging a left. Veloria’s eyes swoops below as he ducks circling counter clockwise increasing the power of the Hawaiian punch loaded in that right hand. And pug..! Down goes Solis. Knockout.
Post Fight. The seesaw battle was the prevailing situation throughout the fight. If it went the distance, any decision would have been acceptable, both were winners.
Solis waves the Filipino flag after having lain flat for a while, a display of good heart. He had nothing to be ashamed of, it was a galant defense until that cannon- of- a- punch broke through again. It was definitely a fight that had kept everyone on their feet, not quite certain who will win.
But definitely punching power spoke today. This win vindicated a former Olympian who I supposed now finds the inspiration and desire to keep winning. He climbs to the corner and dances the “hoolah” for them. It is a well deserved victory.