Olympic Gold Medallist Odlanier Solis and former world heavyweight champion Francois Botha were meant to meet in the ring in December 2007 but the “White Buffalo” drew in his horns on very short notice. Now everything is set and the contracts are signed for the fight to take place on May 30 in Bilbao, Spain.
“Botha still has a very good name”, states Solis, 9-0-0 (6). “His only problem will be that I don’t care much about names. I’m looking forward to finally meeting him in the ring, though.”
“By beating Botha, Odlanier can once more show that he belongs to the elite of heavyweight boxing," said Arena CEO Ahmet Öner. "In addition to that, fighting such an experienced opponent will definitely help him to improve his game and beating Botha will bring him closer to a title fight.”
In his 18 years in professional boxing, Botha, 45-4-2 (28), only lost to world class athletes: Michael Moorer in November 1996, Mike Tyson in January, 1999, Lennox Lewis in July, 2000 and Wladimir Klitschko in March, 2002.
Promoted by ARENA Box-Promotion and their local partner Stock Eventos, the show in Bilbao also features the heavyweight clash between hard-hitting German prospect Konstantin Airich, 9-0-1 (8), and “Brixton Bomber” Danny Williams, 38-6-0 (30).