Price: Solis an enigma

Liverpudlian has mixed reviews of heavyweight contender

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Price: Solis an enigma

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His career has flattered to deceive and he hasn't looked great at times, but this could be the night he shines.

David Price on Odlanier Solis
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David Price believes Odlanier Solis could be the man to end Vitali Klitschko's reign as WBC heavyweight champion.

The Ukrainian defends the title against the Cuban, who brought in the Liverpudlian for sparring recently, on Saturday night.

But while Olympic bronze medallist Price was impressed by Solis, he admits there are two sides to the undefeated 30-year-old.

"There were times we sparred when I thought that he was one of the very best," said Price, who continues his ring education in Liverpool on April 27.

"On other occasions I thought either I was world class right now or he was ordinary.

"I watched a DVD on Thursday of Lennox Lewis beating Vitali. Back then Vitali was five times faster than he seems now and Solis could be in the right place at the right time.


"I wouldn't be surprised if he fought similar to what David Haye did against Nikolai Valuev and used footwork to stay out of trouble and nick rounds.

"When we were sparring his trainer would be telling him to do all sorts with his feet and that did bamboozle me.

"He is certainly fit enough to do 12 rounds because his sparring has been four minutes rounds."

Solis has been hailed in some quarters as the saviour of the heavyweight division, but his progress has stalled as his weight has increased.

He came in heavy and looked lethargic in his last fight against the veteran Ray Austin, earning victory via disqualification, and he will need to perform better if he is to take the belt from Klitschko.

"His team are amazingly confident and can only see one winner, Solis," Price added. "His career has flattered to deceive and he hasn't looked great at times, but this could be the night he shines.

"Cubans were like that in the amateurs. They would labour against an unknown Norwegian in one fight and the next day look sensational against the best Russian."

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Neil Birbeck says...

dont think vitali is that bad of a fighter, and has definately been wrongfully critised in the past, he fights decent opposition, bar danny williams. I think now is a good time to showcase a war and cement a legacy, and if we dont see it here.. enter david haye.

Posted 17:40 18th March 2011

Scott Robbins says...

Well if Solis has got himself in ring-shape, then you'd like to think that he should provide Vitali with a good challenge. Albert Sosnowski gave Vitali a decent challenge, but Vitali's conditioning proved to be too much towards the latter rounds. If Solis can provide a good workrate and have the stamina to maintain it for 12 rounds, then his boxing ability gives him a good chance of out-speeding the slower, but still very formidable Vitali. Let's hope for the sake of Heavyweight Boxing that it's not another one-sided fight for the Klitschkos. I'd like to see Vitali break a sweat at the very least.

Posted 16:26 18th March 2011

Bcfc Blues says...

give it arest price solis is good but not that gd vitali knockout or unanimus decision

Posted 13:18 18th March 2011

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