Solis withdraws from Rigondeaux fight with visa issues

The Rigolucion has hit a snag.

Former bantamweight title challenger Liborio Solis has run into visa issues, scrapping this Saturday’s bout with Guillermo Rigondeaux on the Tony Harrison-Jermell Charlo II FOX card. Luckily, this might not prove too lengthy a delay, as PBC intends to rebook the fight for “January or February.”

It’s not clear at the moment which undercard bout will take its place on the main card, which also includes Efe Ajagba vs. Iago Kiladze.

According to El Nuevo Herald, Solis (30-5-1, 14 KO) was unable to secure the necessary paperwork due to the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and his native Venezuela, an issue which has impacted other sports as well. This fight was to be his first notable bout since his anticlimactic rematch with Jamie McDonnell in 2017.

It’s yet another setback for the 39-year-old Rigondeaux (19-1, 13 KO), who’d been looking to fight thrice in a calendar year for the first time since 2012 and claim his first-ever bantamweight title. A win would also have presumably fast-tracked him towards a bout with super champ Naoya Inoue.