World champion Ulises “Archi” Solis of Mexico is ready to make his ninth title defense when he takes on Brian Viloria on April 18 in the Philippines as part of Top Rank’s “Global Supremacy” event, a big championship pay-per view card to be held at the Arenata Coliseum in greater Manila that will be headlined by IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire. “I’m in great shape and I feel very strong and fast and the key to the fight will be to stay aggressive against an opponent who we know is strong and likes to come forward,” said Solis.
Solis will take on Brian “The Hawain Punch” Viloria in what figures to be a highly entertaining bout. Solis will defend the IBF, Jr. Flyweight championship he won back in January 7, 2006 in New York with a unanimous decision over Will Grigsby.
“Viloria is no easy fight for me, so I have to be very cautious and very focused at all times,” said Solis who trained in his hometown of Guadalajara for this fight under the watchful eye of Willie Arroyo.
Solis and his team, which includes his father Aurelio Solis, his brother Jorge Solis, and Arroyo will leave for the Philippines this Saturday.
“Great champions don’t care where they fight. They go and win under all kinds of circumstances and if you believe in yourself and in your talent you don’t hide in your home country and make meaningless defenses that amount to nothing. That’s why I’m looking forward to this fight so much,” said Solis.
Solis’ most recent title defense was on November 2, 2007 in Aguascalientes, Mexico when he took home a unanimous decision over Nery Espinosa of Nicaragua.
“I have always loved challenges and this fight against Viloria in the Philippines is a big challenge for me, but I know that I’m more than ready for this. I not only expect to win this fight but also expect to give the fans a great show,” said Solis.
Solis has being in the gym getting ready for this fight since the middle of January and has sparred with local fighters Jose Gonzalez and Enrique Bernache who fight at 122 pounds.
“I had good sparring, this kids are strong and they put a lot of pressure on me and have made me work real hard,” said Solis.
For Solis this is the first fight of 2009, but he looks forward to big year.
“I hope I get the opportunity to fight the other champions in this division, Edgar Sosa, Ivan Calderon and Geovani Segura sometime this year and truly become the best 108 pounder in the world,” said Solis.