Takuma Inoue and Liborio Solis To Battle For Vacant WBA Title in Japan
With the WBA bantamweight title vacant, top contenders Takuma Inoue (17-1, 4KO) and Liborio Solis will compete for the right to be called champion on April 8.
On December 2022, former undisputed bantamweight champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue vacated the titles while announcing a move to the super bantamweight division. This opened the door for the younger Inoue who is ranked in the number-two WBA slot. Moreover, he has been on a four-fight win streak since losing his first title opportunity to then-WBC champion Nordine Oubaali in 2019.
Solis is a tough veteran with tons of experience on the championship level. He is a former unified super flyweight champion and has come up short of winning the bantamweight title on four occasions.
The 40 year-old Venezuelan has won five fights in a row with the last two victories coming by knockout. Granted, he has not fought a high-quality opponent since losing to two-divisional champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2020. But he should not be dismissed as a done fighter by any means.
Inoue will enjoy having the crowd at his back as the fight will take place in his home country of Japan. This is a classic fight of the hungry young lion versus the old lion seeking championship gold one last time.