Rising undefeated super lightweight prospect Mykquan Williams earned a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Yeis Solano in the main event of Wednesday night’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in an event presented by Sampson Boxing and Paco Presents Boxing. The event marked the beginning of ShoBox’s 20th anniversary year as the premier boxing series aimed at developing prospects into contenders and world champions. (photos by Amanda Westcott)
In the inaugural SHOWTIME BOXING event of the year, Williams (16-0-1, 7 KO) extended his undefeated record by toppling the first unbeaten foe of his career in Solano (15-1, 10 KOs) who was often the aggressor throughout the 10-round affair. In his home state of Connecticut, Williams neutralized Solano’s onslaught with superior speed and head movement throughout the fight, and outlanded the Colombian by 53 total punches. Two ringside judges saw the fight 96-93 with the third judge seeing it 97-92 in favor of the 22-year-old prospect.
Solano, who returned to ShoBox following an impressive win in June 2019, was effective when fighting Williams on the inside with 50 of his 147 total punches landed connecting to the body. It was in the eighth round that Williams sealed his victory with a right hand that sent Solano to the canvas for the first time in his six-year professional career.
Williams acknowledged the significance of winning his debut fight on ShoBox: The New Generation, what it means for his career and the experience of fighting without fans for the first time in his career.