Karl Cowboys Up

Milano welterweight scores unanimous decision

Ryan Karl improved to 12-0 as a welterweight by dominating Mexico’s Luis Solis in eight rounds in San Antonio Saturday night. Ryan Karl improved to 12-0 as a welterweight by dominating Mexico’s Luis Solis in eight rounds in San Antonio Saturday night. SAN ANTONIO—Saturday was a night of firsts for Ryan Karl.

For the first time in his professional carer— which consists of 12 fights—he went past the fifth round and also, someone actually put a serious glove on him.

Milano’s Ryan “Cowboy” Karl scored a unanimous decision victory over Mexico’s Luis Solis in eight rounds at the historical Scottish Rite Theatre on national television.

Hoping to raise his status from up-and-comer to contender, Karl took a huge step in that direction by improving his welterweight division record to 12-0.

Karl’s fight was broadcast nationally and was the warmup for the main event of Justin Deloach vs. 2012 Olympian Junior Castillo.

Despite having not stepped in the ring in almost eight months, Karl recovered after a slow start with his father Darrell in his corner and mother Katie, wife Madison and son Jace in the audience.

He last fought on Nov. 28, 2015, defeating Ken Alvarez via knockout in Dallas.

Judges had Karl winning Saturday, 80-71, 79-72, 78-73. NBCSN’s Jake Donovan had Karl losing just two rounds.

While it was Karl’s first venture into eight rounds, there was some confusion as Solis and his corner thought the fight was supposed to last just six rounds and Solis almost didn’t answer the bell for the seventh round.

Karl, 24, was the favorite despite Solis’ experience (27 fights) and height (6-foot to 5-foot-10) and reach advantage (75 to 72).

After losing the first round, Karl recovered quickly by changing the tempo, winning the second and then in the third, lowered the boom on Solis, sending him to the canvas with a left hand, just five seconds before the bell sounded. Karl bloodied Solis’ eye and nose in the round.

Karl continued to punish Solis in the fourth round as he started to break down and complained of soreness in his right hand.

Despite his complaints and fatigue, Solis stunned Karl with a right in the fifth and Karl stumbled, but did not go down.

He spoke of the blow that staggered him, the first time in his career he had been on the receiving end of such a hit.

“Yeah, it was and I was being just a little bit sloppy,” Karl said. “He just clipped me a little bit, but I recovered fast. It wasn’t a big deal. He weighed in, he’s a pretty big guy. We made it work.”

In uncharted territory, Karl rebounded to close out strong and captured the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds.

Karl—who had eight knockouts coming in— landed 198 punches (603 thrown) to Solis’ 125 (388 thrown).

“I want to see him move his feet a little bit better, be a little bit more patient.” said Darrell Karl, who is his son’s second in his corner. “He rushed in and got caught with a punch. We don’t want to see that.”

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