Solis stops Mayol in 8th round KO

By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: Ulises "Archie" Solis of Mexico (25-1-2-19) successfully defended his IBF junior flyweight boxing crown via 8th round knock out against The Filipino Brawler, Rodel "Magnum/ Batang Mandaue" Mayol (23-2-18) of the Philippines on Saturday night. The fight was an eye-popping one, with both boxers unleashing hard shots from the opening bell.

For Mayol, his brief highlight moment (before being stopped) was when he caught Solis with a solid left hand that stunned him, causing him to tough the canvas with his right glove. However, referee O' Brien ruled that it was a slip rather than counting it as a knockdown. Mayol again connected with another killer left hand punch that caused Solis to clinch to avoid going down.

In the seventh round, both fighters continued to trade at close quarters with Mayol getting the better of Solis much of the time.

During the 8th round, however, Solis connected with a powerful combination to the jaw of Mayol that settled the score, sending Mayol to the canvas.

Clearly, Mayol had failed to set up his punches well in the bout, as he was looking to frequently to knock Solis out with one punch instead of setting up combinations to penetrate the defense of the champion. Nevertheless, Mayol's performance was truly amazing. He was gallantly faced the champion squarely, trading shot for shot until the end, and even though he lost the fight, Mayol is a great candidate another title shot because of his superb skills he had showed. Solis was just the best fighter that night.

Article posted on 05.08.2007

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