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Exclusive: Solis seeks WBA review, would ‘fight rematch in McDonnell’s house’ with relatives as judges

Phil Jay 24/11/2016

Sumio Yamada

Bantamweight contender Liborio Solis is set to request a World Boxing Association review of his world title challenge against Jamie McDonnell after what was a controversial decision.

The 34 year-old Venezuelan seemed to secure victory in Monte Carlo earlier this month, only for the ringside officials to award ‘regular’ champion McDonnell the contest by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.

Many scoring the fight at ringside and media experts around the world saw the fight handily in favor of Solis, who is now hoping to be granted an immediate rematch, or at the very least a shot at the vacant title.

“I though what happened here? I felt like a winner, but the judges had made their decision and I could not do anything,” Solis exclusively told World Boxing News when asked about the result announcement.

“The official complaint has not been made yet, but between today or tomorrow, we will make a communication requesting a review of the fight.

“The WBA will decide if there is a rematch and we will respect their decision.”

On whether he would fight McDonnell again at the Doncaster man’s home in the UK, Solis added: “I would fight in the backyard of his house if it’s necessary. I do not care if the judges are his mom, dad and cousin. I do not mind fighting away from home as the fans always know who wins a fight.”

Immediate talk from McDonnell’s camp in the aftermath was of a possible move up in weight as the 30 year-old has been considering a step up to super-bantamweight for some time now.

Should McDonnell make the move to 122 pounds, Solis should in theory be a prime candidate for the vacant belt.

“If it’s the case that McDonnell will move up in weight, of course I would like to go for the title – but that is WBA’s decision. I have to respect what decision they make,” said Solis.

“My experience of fighting in Monaco was excellent and my career has taken me to many places in the world. It was a real privilege and an experience I had not had before, just not the right result for me.”

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