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


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).