Cuban heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis weighed in at 255.5 lbs. for the defense of his IBF intercontinental champion title against hard-hitting Turk Yakup Saglam (227 lbs.) tomorrow (Saturday, July 27th) in Cuxhaven, Germany. “La Sombra”‘s weight has always been an issue throughout his professional career even though his trainer Pedro Diaz loves to emphasize that it doesn’t matter how much a fighter brings to the scale but rather how he moves and acts in the ring.
255 is surely not the highest weight in Solis’ career who knocked out Monte Barrett in two rounds in 2009 with 271. Still, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist is not back at the level of his WBC world championship fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2011 when he weighed in at a pro career low 246.75 lbs. only to severely injure his knee at the end of the first round.
The fighters for tomorrow’s other championship bouts made their weight. Both Ramon de la Cruz Sena from Argentina and Ignacio Mendoza from Colombia who will fight for the vacant IBF intercontinental junior welterweight championship weighed in at 140 lbs. And both Argentina’s Diego German Balmaceda and Roamer Alexis Angulo from Colombia who compete for the IBF Latino super middleweight title brought 168 lbs. to the scale.
Former WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin weighed in at 145 lbs. while his opponent Aaron Herrera from Mexico was a little lighter at 144.5 lbs.
The show will be broadcast live on Eurosport starting at 8.45pm Central European time.