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Monday, May 6, 2013
Liborio Solis captures WBA belt

Associated Press

TOKYO -- Liborio Solis of Venezuela defeated Japan's Kohei Kono by a majority decision on Monday to win the WBA super flyweight title.

Two judges scored the bout 115-111 and 114-112 in favor of the Venezuelan. A third judge scored it 113-113.

Kono floored Solis with a right in Round 2, but the Venezuelan recovered to drop the Japanese with a solid left hook in the eighth.

Solis improved to 15-3-1 with seven knockouts, while Kono dropped to 28-8 with 11 KOs.

Also, Japan's Takashi Uchiyama successfully defended his WBA super featherweight title for a seventh time when he knocked out ninth-ranked challenger Jaider Parra of Venezuela in the fifth round.