By LITO DELOS REYES
LUIS “Muecas” Solis will take on compatriot Nery “Pantera” Saguilan for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) world light welterweight title on February 18 in Comitan, Mexico.
Solis, from the port city of Progreso, has won seven of his last eight bouts, six of those by stoppage, and three straight last year since losing on points to former WBC World Lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco in February.
Last June, Solis impressed the enthusiastic and knowledgable boxing fans in Comitan, when he dug deep to grind out a hard-fought, but deserved, decision victory over tough-as-nails former IBF World Champion Cristobal Cruz.
With a record of 23-8-4 (19), 25-year-old Solis has youth and power on his side, but the 29-year old Saguilan of Mexico City´s brings a clear edge in experience from a 38-9-1 (13) career with 13 championship fights compared to only four for Solis.
The Solis vs. Saguilan for the vacant WBF World Light Welterweight title is a classic cross-roads encounter between the young up-and-comer chasing his dream, and the battle-tested veteran who believes his time to become world champion has finally arrived.
Promoted by Jose Duran and his Promociones Milenium, the main event will be preceded by a stacked undercard featuring local talent in well-matched fights.