- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Former two-time junior flyweight titlist Ulises "Archie" Solis' career was in jeopardy after he suffered a severely broken jaw in two places (not to mention losing multiple teeth). The injury, which required two surgeries, didn't happen in a boxing match. Solis accused junior middleweight titlist Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, a man nearly 50 pounds heavier than him, of breaking his jaw during a street altercation in Mexico last October.
Whatever really happened, Solis' jaw was badly injured and caused a long layoff, during which he was stripped of his title for inactivity -- because he hadn't defended the belt since August 2011.
Thankfully, Solis' jaw is healed and after some concerns that he wouldn't fight again, he was cleared to train a couple of months ago and is on the comeback trail.
After a 14-month layoff, Solis (34-2-3, 21 KOs) will fight an opponent to be determined Nov. 3 in Hermosillo, Mexico on a card that also will feature the pro debut of 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez, who recently signed with Top Rank. Solis is preparing in Tijuana with trainer Raul Robles.
"We're really happy that he is OK because there was a point where it looked like Archie might never box again," said Sean Gibbons, the matchmaker for Zanfer Promotions, Solis' promoter. "He started back training about four or five months ago and then he had another problem with the jaw and had to relinquish the title. There was a lot of concern. It was a very, very severe injury. But he had the second surgery and they cleared him a couple of months ago."
Gibbons said Solis' goal is win back the IBF belt he never lost in the ring.
"We're looking at doing two fights and then move into an eliminator or straight into a world title shot," Gibbons said.
Solis won a 108-pound title for the first time in 2006 and made eight defenses. He lost it by 11th-round knockout to Brian Viloria in 2009 in the Philippines. He won back the same belt in April 2011 by split decision in Argentina against Luis Lazarte and made one defense against Jether Oliva in August before suffering the jaw injury.