Odlanier Solis is professional boxer from Cuba. Born on April 5, 1980, Solis started out as an amateur and won the 1998 Pan American Juniors Championship in Toluca, his first major international win. Other titles he bagged in the course of his career include the Juniors World championship title in Buenos Aires. Solis defected from the National Cuban team in 2006 and escaped to Columbia with two other fellow amateurs, before heading for Miami. Solis then signed a professional contract with First Artist.
Solis debuted in 2007 and won his first fight with a first round KO. The Cuban boxer bagged the WBC international heavyweight title in October 2008 with his defeat of Chauncy Welliver. He defended the title for the third time out of Miami, this time in New York against Monte Barrett in a fight that left Barrett reeling from the series of rapid punches that Solis let loose, especially right after the second round.
He faced Carl Davis Drumond in 2010 in another defense of the WBC International Heavyweight title and to win the WBA Federation Heavyweight title. It was an easy win for Solis, who started off easy on Drumond before letting a series of punches that sent the opponent against the ropes.
His most recent fight was in March 19, 2011, against Vitali Klitscho in Cologne, Germany. Both fighters promised an exciting fight but shortly just before the first round started, after exchanging shots, Solis injured his right knee and couldn’t continue. The fight has largely been regarded as one of the most memorable boxing fails of the year.