Axel Sola has decided to drop down a level after being lured by the Super Lightweight division. Following his convincing victory over Wladimir Holodenko at BRAVE CF 61 in Germany this past weekend, the rising star made his plans public.
In the inaugural German BRAVE CF event, where he completely dominated the 77-kilogram Catchweight match, Sola was outstanding. With better speed, distance management, feints, footwork, punching, and ground game than his German opponent, he outworked him to a lopsided 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 unanimous decision victory (4-1-1).
Sola, a former IMMAF pound-for-pound champion, is now on a four-fight winning streak and is unbeaten in the pro ranks. All of his fights, two at Super Welterweight and the rest at Welterweight, have involved opponents weighing more than 77 kg, and he feels that he needs a tougher opponent.
“I think for my next fight you’ll see me down at Super Lightweight. I want to challenge myself more and cut weight like other fighters, the weight cut to 77 kilograms is too easy for me,” Sola said after the fight.
The glamour that surrounds the Super Lightweight division has also served as inspiration for Sola's move down. Bahrain's Eldar Eldarov, the reigning champion and a BRAVE CF celebrity, is the current champion, and BRAVE CF has created a Super Lightweight division that is thriving with top fighters vying for the championship.
Global star and German-Brazilian Joilten Lutterbach put the division on notice in the main event of BRAVE CF 61, which was held in partnership with the premier local organisation, NFC (National Fighting Championship), by defeating top contender Marcel Grabinski to stake his claim for a chance at the title.
When they defeated Leonardo Mafra and Luan Santiago, two prominent fighters in the new division, at BRAVE CF 60, a week earlier, Cleiton Silva and Mihail Cotruta declared themselves to be Number One Contenders.