When Sergio Thompson (22-2, 20 KOs) stopped Jorge Linares in two rounds last March, not only was it an early candidate for Upset of the Year, but it meant that the Cancun native was headed for a title shot against WBC lightweight champ Antonio DeMarco.
Then Thompson was informed by Jose Sulaiman and the WBC that what was billed as a "WBC lightweight title eliminator fight" was not a "final" eliminator and, therefore, not a prelude to a title shot.
So, instead of preparing for a July shot at gold, Thompson is taking on Argentine punching bag Juan Ramon Solis (17-5, 6 KOs) at a hotel complex in Cancun.
Solis is being sold as a fighter on a 12-fight win streak, but those 12 consecutive wins have come on the Argentina club circuit against opponents with a combined record of 80-151-10.
Thompson, himself, hasn't been in very tough. Mostly fighting on low-level cards on the Mexican beach circuit, the Linares win and a split decision loss to Uzbekistan's lightweight contender Alisher Ra...