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Night of the Junior Flyweights: Solis, Hernandez, Hirales Win Rematches

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.


While UFC 129 did the big business north of the U.S. border, boxing's biggest Saturday night fights were happening in Mexico and Argentina. A night of "little guy" fights saw three alphabet belts at 108 pounds change hands in rematches.

In Argentina, Ulises Solis got revenge for a terrible decision in December against Luis Alberto Lazarte, sneaking out a split decision win on scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 113-114 in an even worse fight than the two put forth the first time around. Solis (33-2-3, 21 KO) fought too tentatively overall, but going at the man known as "El Mosquito" isn't easy. Lazarte (48-10-2, 18 KO) mostly tried to flee from contact, though his occasional bull-rushes give the impression of being somewhat offensively active. His real offensive strength is his ability to foul his opponents, and he tried plenty of that again. If they have a third fight, people should stay away. Lazarte is awful to watch fight.

In Texcoco, Mexico, Adrian Hernandez (21-1-1, 13 KO) defeated Gilberto Keb Baas (35-21-4, 22 KO) when the fight was stopped after the tenth round. This was a really good fight, and was Corrales-Castillo compared to the Lazarte-Solis bout.  I thought Baas did some great work early with his activity, but eventually he ran out of steam, at which point Hernandez took over the fight in a big way. He was clearly the stronger of the two fighters and his right hands became the difference-maker in the fight. The veteran journeyman-turned-titlist showed a lot of grit and a lot of heart, but he was just overcome by a stronger fighter. Hernandez also stopped GKB in four rounds back in 2008, in Hernandez's 13th pro fight.

Mexico City saw Ramon Garcia Hirales get Solis-like revenge over Jesus Geles, who scored a questionable win over Hirales back in February. This time, a fourth round body shot knocked out the Colombian, as Hirales regained his belt and improved to 16-2-1 (9 KO). Geles is now 12-2-1 (5 KO), and was also knocked down in the first round. On the same card, strawweight contender Raul Garcia (30-1-1, 18 KO) scored a TKO-3 victory over Rommel Asenjo (20-3, 16 KO).

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