Cristobal Cruz vs Jorge Solis
Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions,
Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves, and
Fernando Beltran’s Promociones Zanfer
will present a sensational world championship
fight card on June 27, 2009, at
the El Palenque in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas,
In the main event scheduled for 12
rounds, International Boxing Federation
featherweight world champion Cristobal
“Lacondon” Cruz, 38-11-1 with 23
knockouts, now based in Tijuana, Mexico,
will make his second defence of the
title against Jorge “Coloradito” Solis,
37-1-2 with 27 knockouts, of Guadalajara,
Cruz was born in Jiquipilas in Mexico’s
southernmost state of Chiapas. It will
be his first fight in his home state since January, 2002, when he fought in
Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capitol.
This fight is the rematch – in December,
2003, Solis won a 10 round unanimous
decision against Cruz in a fastpaced, exciting fight at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Cruz fought aggressively and constantly pressured Solis, but Solis boxed effectively – he kept Cristobal off-balance with movement, scored with sharp counterpunches, and won by decisive scores of 97-93, 98-92, 99-91.
For Cruz, the loss was part of a streak
in which he lost four of five fights in
2003 and 2004. His career has had a dramatic turnaround, however, in the last couple of years - he has now won four fights in a row, which include an upset 12 round decision against Thomas Mashaba in March, 2008, and another upset 12 round decision to win the vacant IBF world title against heavily favoured Orlando Salido in October, 2008. Cruz made his first title defence with a 12 round decision win against hometown favourite Cyril Thomas in Saint-Quentin, France, in his lost recent fight in February, 2009.
Solis is the IBF’s number-one ranked
featherweight contender. He has also
won four fights in a row, including an impressive fifth-round TKO against Monte Meza-Clay in January, 2009, and a 10 round decision against Miguel Roman in May, 2008. Jorge’s only loss as a pro came in April, 2007, by eighthround knockout against Manny Pacquiao.
The undercard will include Gabriel
Martinez, 21-1-1 with 13 knockouts, of
Empalme, Sonora, Mexico, one of the
up-and-coming stars in the welterweight
division, versus Michel Rosales,
19-3 with 17 knockouts, of San Luis Potosi,
Mexico, in a 10 round bout.
Arturo Santos Reyes, the 2008 Mexican
Olympic team representative from
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, will also fight on the card.