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Solis outpoints Ortiz


Ulises Solis dominated fellow former 108-pound titleholder Eric Ortiz to a 10-round unanimous decision in the main event of a Fox Sports Net-televised show from Reno, Nev., on Saturday.

Solis (31-2-2, 21 knockouts) dropped Ortiz (32-11-3, 9 KOs) with right hands in the ninth and 10th rounds of the flyweight bout en route to winning by lopsided scores of 99-88 and 98-89 (twice). Saturday's victory was the Guadalajara native's second over Ortiz, who he stopped in nine rounds in a 2006 title defense.

Ortiz, who has now lost four of his last five bouts, was competitive in spots and may have buzzed Solis with a right hand in the second round, but the 33-year-old vet from Mexico City could not handle the superb jab, footwork and counter-punching ability of the 28-year-old former junior flyweight beltholder.

Solis, who was unbeaten in 11 fights — including nine title bouts — before suffering an 11th-round KO to Brian Viloria last April, has now won three in a row.

In the co-featured bout of the Top Rank Live broadcast, welterweight prospect Mark Melligen (19-2, 13 KOs) scored a 10-round decision over former lightweight contender Anges Adjaho (25-3, 14 KOs).

Melligen, of the Philippines, absorbed more than a few right hands from Adjaho, of Benin, during the pedestrian fight but the naturally bigger Filipino southpaw was able to take the West African's power and outwork him to win by scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.

Adjaho was coming off a ninth-round stoppage to Antonio DeMarco in a lightweight bout last July.