By Malte Müller-Michaelis
This Friday (March 22nd) Cuban 2004 Olympic gold medalists Odlanier Solis defends his IBF intercontinental heavyweight championship against unbeaten Leif Larsen at Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany on a card billed as ‘BACK TO THE ROOTS.’ “It feels good to be back in Berlin”, said Solis at today’s press conference at Best Western MOA hotel. “I thank everybody who made this return possible. I started my pro career here in Germany and had my biggest fight here against Vitali Klitschko. It was too bad that I was stopped by that accident and injury. But me knee is well again and I want to prove that I’m back for good. It is still my goal to become heavyweight champion of the world.”
Asked when he thinks to be ready for a second title shot, Solis just smiled and said: “Ask the Klitschkos. I’m ready when they are.” Solis’ opponent Leif Larsen will arrive in Berlin tomorrow.
In the co-feature former WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin faces Giuseppe Lauri from Italy. “I was unlucky in my last two fights against Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass”, said Aydin. “You know, I still believe that I could have won the fight against Guerrero if it hadn’t been in his backyard. Now he is fighting Mayweather while I’m back here in Germany. But that’s okay. I am looking ahead. On Friday I will show everybody that I am still a top contender and that I wasn’t myself against Soto Karass.”
Promoter Ahmet Oner said he is proud to bring two elite fighters like Solis and Aydin to Europe. “These two are international stars. Having them fight on the same card live on Eurosport is something not a lot of people can do. I am sure that it will be a great night of boxing.”
The Eurosport broadcast starts at 9pm on Friday night.