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Written By Jake Wallwork

Odlanier Solis was last seen in the ring in March and has been missing in action ever since. It was the biggest fight of his career so far, against Vitali Klitschko, and many thought he could be the man to give Dr. Ironfist a spanking. Sadly, it was anything but a real fight.

Seconds before the end of the first round, Solis tried to throw a combination of punches to Vitali's face, missed them all and ate a vicious left hook. He stumbled to the floor and the referee ended the show. Was it premature? Maybe. Replays of the knockdown showed that it was Solis’ knee that buckled.

Solis went into the fight heavier than he normally is, so his knees could not carry the extra ten pounds of cheeseburgers he had put on. This was a silly way to lose, but not one that destroys his credibility. It may be a long way back for Solis, but over this article I am going to look at how he can get another world title shot.

Come and join me on this hypothetical journey to the top.

Stage One – Stepping Stone Fight
For his first fight back from the injury, Solis should face someone who isn’t dangerous, but is well-known. Give a warm hand to Monte Barret. Not only is Barret a European level fighter, he also won his last bout against big puncher David Tua. His name is worth a bit, but he shouldn't cause any trouble.

If the two were to get it on, it wouldn’t be their first time. Back in 2009, Solis scored a TKO over Barret in Madison Square Garden. Apparently Solis had sated his pre-fight appetite with chocolate doughnuts, because he climbed into the ring weighing a career-high 271 pounds. This time his knees held his bulk long enough for him to win the fight.

He beat Barrett in the second round. Quick stuff, and I get the impression Solis must not like spending time in the ring, because in his last five fights he has boxed seventeen rounds out of a possible sixty. Fair enough, he has won four of these bouts, but he will need to get some rounds behind him on his comeback fight.

Monte Barrett is a good fight for someone wanting to climb the ranks.

Stage two – An Unofficial Title Eliminator
Solis has beaten Barrett. He starts to find his name cropping up in the news, although not as much as he'd like- what he needs is another fight. Not just any fight though; he needs to beat someone in the top ten.

There are plenty of contenders that fit this category, boxers like Eddie Chambers, Robert Helenius, Tomasz Adamek, or Chris Arreola. A victory over any of these Heavyweights would get gums flapping.

From that list I would pick  Chris Arreola because he is one of the weaker boxers of the four, but at the same time is coming off a five-fight winning streak. If Solis were to knock Arreola to the canvas the win would look more impressive than beating someone like Tomasz Adamek, who is coming off a loss.

Stage Three – The Title Shot (The Boss Level for Gamers)
The heavyweight is a barren wasteland, so after only two fights Odlanier Solis feels he is worthy of a title shot. He waits and lets the media machine do its duties. One day, his promoter runs into the room with a paper held above his head. Solis finds out he has got another shot; he is going to face Vitali Klitschko!

If Solis went in overweight again then he could say goodbye to his career. If his knees didn't give up entirely then he would get pummled by Vitali's tree trunks, and the fight would end before most people had sat down.

Assuming he learnt from his mistakes and went in at an athletic weight, then the fight would go to the scorecards.Their first fight was brief, but most people think Solis showed something. He was able to take Vitali's offence and give a little of his own back. In fact, he controlled some of the round.

Their rematch would be closer than any of Vitali's to date but with the fight most likely to be held in Germany, Vitali Klitschko would get most of the close rounds and retain his WBC Heavyweight title.

Next to Bowser, Vitali Klitschko isn't that hard a boss.
Get Me Solis' Manager
The plan I have kindly laid out for Solis would earn him a second title shot. You wouldn't believe how easy it was to come up with - how do boxers find it so difficult to get a belt? Because it is not that simple, of course. Solis is likely going to take his time in coming back. After all, a dodgy knee can end a career if you do not show it respect, especially if you are thirty-one years old.

When Solis feels fit and ready to return to the ring, he is more than welcome. And with the state of the heavyweight division these days, a title fight is not beyond him.

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