McDonnell v Solis II ordered, purse bid looms in early March

WBA 05/02/2017

Sumio Yamada

The Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association has ordered that a rematch take place between WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KOs), from Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, and #4 ranked Liborio Solís (25-5-1, 11 KOs), from Maracay, Venezuela.

Their first fight was at the Salle des Etoilles in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on November 12. It was McDonnell’s fifth defense of the crown and he edged Solis via a controversial unanimous decision. The final scores after 12 rounds were 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111.

Manuel Pérez Barreiro, Solis’ manager, protested the decision and the WBA Championships Committee evaluated the request and agreed that a rematch was justified.

Stipulated by WBA rule C.26, both parties have been notified that they have 30 days to reach an agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, a purse bid will be offered, with the champion (McDonnell) to receive 75% and the challenger (Solis) to receive 25%.