Cuban boxers are revered for their technique and toughness, but surprisingly, there has never been a Cuban heavyweight champion. Fidel Castro isnt keen on allowing his boxers to compete professionally; Hed rather keep them fighting as amateurs well into their 30s to stockpile Olympic medals. But just as one day Fidel will be KOd for good, so too will a Cuban boxer have his shot at one of the most coveted titles in sport. That day could come very soon for Odlanier Solis. The Olympic gold medal-winning heavyweight, who defected from the communist nation in 2006, is primed to get a shot at current champ Vitali Klitschko. All that stands in his way is a bout with number-one-ranked heavyweight contender Ray Austin at American Airlines Arena on Friday. Austin is a journeyman of sorts, but as boxing enthusiasts know, every fighter has his day (see: Buster Douglas).
Solis and Austin will battle it out in in the main event... More >>>