A few weeks ago we looked at a great fight featuring Venezuelan fighter Liborio Solis and Daiki Kameda. Today we return to the Closet Classic for a different Solis fight as he again fought in Japan and fought in an amazing bout, this time with the always fun to watch Kohei Kono. Entering the bout the two men were part of the political title mess the WBA had created with their "regular" and "interim" titles, but in the ring the two men gave us a show for the ages, and a totally enthralling must watch from back in 2013.
Kohei Kono (28-7, 11) Vs Liborio Solis (14-3-1, 7)
The first it's self was a WBA "regular" and WBA "interim" Super Flyweight unification bout pitting 32 year old Japanese veteran Kohei Kono against unheralded Venezuelan Liborio Solis. Coming in Kono was the WBA world champion, having won the title 5 months earlier from Tepparith Kokietgym in a huge career best win for his and having come as the third win in a row. Solis on the other hand had entered the bout on the back of 5 wins, including victories over Rafael Concepcion and Jose Salgado, but was fighting in Asia for the first time.
At the age of 32 Kono was a proven quantity of sorts by this point. Win or lose he'd always come to fight, he had proven his great chin, fantastic engine but also shown his limitations. He could be out boxed, out sped and out moved. In fact it wasn't much before this fight that he had been beaten by the then 2-0 Yohei Tobe, with that loss being a third straight defeat following set backs against Tomas Rojas and Yota Sato. Despite his losses he had always shown himself to be a warrior, someone who entered the ring looking for a proper war.
Despite having less than half the fights that Kono had Solis was also no youngster, in fact he was 31 at the time and despite debuting way back in 2000, his career took a long of time to really get going, with more than 5 years away from the ring from 2002 to 2007. Coming in to this he was on a role, with his 2 best wins, a 5 fight winning run and he had picked up wins in Panama, Mexico and his native Venezuela.
When the men got in the ring they both had a steel determination to shine and that showed from the opening round, with Kono trying to take the fight to Solis and Solis responding with clean shots on the advancing Kono. By round 2 the bombs were coming thick and fast and, with big right hands being thrown with bad intentions. A huge counter right from Kono would buckle Solis' knees, which was scored a knockdown, and from then on the touch paper was well and truly alight. Solis would get revenge a few rounds later, dropping the tough Kono with a left hand, and from then on the two men battled hard, each knowing there was little to separate them.
This was, sadly, one of 2013's most over-looked wars, but we'd suggest you all take the opportunity to enjoy this amazing war now, a little over 6 years after Kono and Solis beat the snot out of each other.
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features