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Solis wins after losing his title



Liborio Solis beat Daiki Kameda on a split decision in Osaka on Tuesday night after losing his title at the weigh-in.

The Venezuelan was stripped of his WBA super-flyweight title for being overweight before what would have been a title unification bout but he beat Kameda, who holds the IBF belt, on a split decision.

Joe Garcia and Valerie Dorsett scored it 116-112 in favour of Solis. Robert Hoyle made Kameda the winner by 115-113.

Solis failed to make the 52.1kg limit at Monday's weigh-in and immediately lost his WBA title. The 24-year-old Kameda, however, retained his belt, even after losing the bout. There was no knockdown in the exciting 12-round bout.

"It makes me happy to win but unfortunately I could not unify the title," Solis told reporters through an interpreter. "I feel responsible for my failure to make the weight."

The 31-year-old Solis came out fighting and Kameda's nose began bleeding in the third round.

It was Kameda’s fourth defeat. He has won 29 of his professional fights; 18 by knockout. Solis stretched his record to 16 wins, seven of them inside the distance, against three losses and a draw.

FARCICAL WEIGH-IN

The weigh-in on Monday bordered on the farcical. At first, Solis was 1.4 kg above the limit. He was still 1.1 kg overweight at a second weigh-in an hour later. He then refused to be weighed again inside the stipulated two-hour limit.

Solis was later seen gulping down water from a plastic bottle and buying cans and bottles of soft drinks from a vending machine, Japanese media reported.

"I won't reduce my weight any more. I cannot make it because it is too cold in Japan," he was quoted as saying. "I ran for an hour but it didn't help. I cannot sweat any more if I move around for another hour."

The WBA is expected to fine him for his failure and he will have to return his fight money to promoters. "I will pay it back in pesos or anything," said the Venezuelan.

Kameda had reduced his weight by 11 kg and said: "It will be great if I can recover in time and finish him off with a clean knockout."

NAMIBIAN NAIDJALA BEATEN

On the undercard, Kameda's younger brother Tomoki, 22, beat Namibian challenger Immanuel Naidjala on points to retain his WBO bantamweight title.

The scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 119-109, all in favour of the 22-year-old Japanese, who failed to live up to his promise that he would finish off Naidjala in six rounds.

It was 22-year-old Kameda's first defence of the title he won by beating Namibian Paulus Ambunda on August 31 in the Philippine city of Cebu.

Kameda got the upper hand after starting to fight at close range in the third round.

"I was quite confident but I could not fight in my style," said Kameda, whose record stretched to 29 wins, 18 by knockout. "I want to fight better next time,” he added."

The 29-year-old Namibian, No 6 on the WBO rankings list, suffered his first defeat after 17 wins, 11 of them inside the distance, and one draw.

Another Japanese, Katsunari Takayama, overwhelmed Philippine challenger Virgilio Silvano, 23, by unanimous decision to retain his IBF minimumweight title. The scores were 118-110 on two cards and 120-108.

The 30-year-old Japanese was fighting at home for the first time in more than four years. He had won the title from Mexico's Mario Rodriguez whom he beat on points in Guasave in March.

He gave up his Japanese professional boxing licence in late 2009 to concentrate on fighting abroad, but regained the licence in July after winning the IBF crown.

Takayama staggered Silvano with a right hook in the first round. In the seventh, he punished the No 6 contender with a flurry of punches. But he lost the ninth round which two judges scored 10-9 for Silvano.

"I feel relieved. I thought I might be able to knock him out but he held on," said Takayama, whose record improved to 26 wins, ten of them by knockout, against six losses.

It was the third loss for Silvano against 16 wins, ten of them inside the distance, and one draw.



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