MIAMI -- Undefeated Odlanier Solis won a heavyweight title eliminator Friday night when Ray Austin was disqualified with a second left in the 10th after a clinch that nearly sent Solis over the ropes.
Solis (17-0) connected with combinations to the head in the 10th, with Austin (28-5-4) seemingly out on his feet and repeatedly holding Solis to avoid additional shots.
Solis, a 2004 Olympic champion from Cuba, earned a title fight against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.
Despite Solis' apparent dominance, one judge had the fight 85-85, another scored it 88-82 for Solis and the third 86-84 for Austin through first nine rounds.
Solis controlled the pace early with combinations to the head. Austin withstood Solis' early punches until Solis connected with a solid left to the head that floored Austin in the fifth.
As soon Austin reached his feet, he looked toward his corner and indicated he had recovered from Solis' shot. In fact, Austin stayed in the fight the following rounds, landing a lead left jab to the head.
Solis pressured Austin in the ninth and scored with rights to the head.
Solis weighed in at 260 pounds, 21 more than Austin.