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In a mild upset Kohei Kono (28-8, 11) lost his WBA Super Flyweight title in his first defense as champion Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7) claimed a highly debatable majority decision.
The fight started slowly with neither man managing to really take the opening round, though the bout heated up quickly and both men were trading through out the second round. It was during a trading exchange that Solis suffered a flash knockdown and gave away a 10-8 round.
After being dropped Solis came back well and the two men fought 4 fantastic rounds that had genuine to-and-fro action with neither man getting a clear upper hand over the other. Every round from 3 through 6 could well be up for round of the year as both men showed their warrior spirit and took one to land one.
Despite the action in round 6 it appeared that Kono was changing his game plan and rather than trading headshots he started to dig Solis to the body, a tactic he employed to even greater effect in round 7 as he appeared to be slowing the challenger down. The body shots may have been connecting but they weren't able to stop Solis who actually turned things around in a big 8th round that saw Kono dropped hard and rocked repeatedly as Kono had his best round of the fight.
Kono seemed to lose round 9 as Solis changed his tactics and rather than brawling with Kono the Venezuelan started to boxer and move. Whilst the challenger was boxing he was making the champion look incredibly foolish and and clumsy. The jab and movement, which appeared to score time and time again seemed to suggest that Solis could have been making the bout harder for himself in the earlier rounds.
The boxing of Solis continued through round 10 as the pace started to slow and Solis started to combine his excellent distance work with tying Kono up on the inside effectively neutralising the champion who also had a point deducted in the round just to make things even worse.
Despite having been out boxed for much of the previous 2 rounds Kono came back excellently in the championship rounds and appeared to rock the challenger in both rounds as he looked to close the show. Unfortunately for Kono however he was just a tad too predictable and Solis saw out the final bell to claim a jaw dropping majority decision,
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