Jamie McDonnell vs Liborio Solis Preview Nov. 4th
WBA Bantamweight Champion Jamie McDonnell of England will be taking on Liborio Solis of Venezuela in a rematch in Monte Carlo this Saturday, November 4th. The two met last November in the same location with McDonnell winning a controversial unanimous decision by scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111. The WBA then ordered the two to fight again. This will be McDonnell’s fifth defence of the vacant crown he won in 2014. The bout can be seen live in the UK on Sky Sports.
McDonnell vs Solis Betting Odds
- Liborio Solis +295
- Jamie McDonnell -360
The 31-year-old McDonnell of Doncaster, England is 29-2-1 with 13 Kos to his name. He’s also a former IBF titleholder and hasn’t lost since 2008 with 21 straight wins. He captured the vacant WBA championship after beating Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat. He’s defended the crown against Javier Nicolas Chacon, Tomoki Kameda twice, Fernando Vargas and Solis. McDonnell likes to throw punches in bunches and doesn’t really possess much in the way of knockout power with a current KO ratio of 41 per cent.
McDonnell turned pro back in 2005 and has boxed 242 rounds up to now. He stands 5-feet-10-inches tall with a 72-inch reach. He’s a former British and Commonwealth Champion and owns one of the sport’s longest winning streaks at the moment. He lost his first fight by 12-round split decision to Chris Edwards back in December of 2007 and then lost his next outing four months later when Lee Haskins beat him on points over eight rounds. That fight in March of 2008 was the last one he’s lost.
The 35-year-old Solis climbs through the ropes with a mark of 25-5-1 along with 11 Kos. He’s not a power puncher either and possesses a knockout ratio of just 35 per cent. He turned pro back in 2000 and has boxed 207 rounds since. He gives up six inches in height as he’s 5-feet-6-inches tall and also has a 2.5-inch reach disadvantage with a wingspan of 69.5 inches. Solis has a solid chin as he’s never been stopped, but has dropped decisions to McDonnell, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Ricardo Nunez, Henry Maldonado and Yenifel Vicente.
He won the interim WBA Super Flyweight Title over Jose Salgado in 2011 and added the full belt in 2015 by beating Kohei Kono. He then took the IBF Title with a win over Daiki Kameda. Solis also has plenty of big-fight experience and showed in the first fight with McDonnell that he can definitely be quite a handful due to his fine boxing skills, speed and ring generalship. He’s in the twilight of his career now though and this could possibly be his last shot at a world title.
Solis proved he’s is a tough nut to crack, but McDonnell has some slick boxing skills and usually lets his hands go. He’s also got a pretty good chin and should be better prepared for Solis this time out. This should be another close contest, but I think McDonnell will retain his belt and extend his winning streak.
Look for another close encounter between these two with McDonnell being the slight favourite.
Play: McDonnell -360 @ BetOnline.ag
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