Richard ‘The Boxing Prophet’ Solomon’s Picks Of the Week
Richard’s love of boxing preceded his love of solid food. Doctors report he came out of his mother’s womb throwing a jab. As a child he would only ever count from 1 to 10, and his favorite superhero didn’t wear a cape- he wore leather gloves that were A Thrilla In Manila. With his uncanny ability to predict fights, his parents gave up dreams of him becoming President and set their sights higher: Boxing Prophet.
His claim to fame: telling the whole world in Feb of 1990 that James Buster Douglas was going to beat Mike Tyson. Through jeers and laughs he stuck to his prediction. Rich was an overnight sensation. A folk hero in his town. The prophet was born. His parents wept.
For every 10 fights Richard predicts – he guarantees 8 out of 10 are correct. He prides himself on not only picking the winner of the fight, but also whether it’s by decision or knockout – being so bold as to even pick the exact round.
Richard went to Adelphi University and holds a Master’s degree in Special Education. He teaches preschool children with learning disabilities and special needs. His kids are fighters and Richard genuinely appreciates and nurtures that spirit in them.
Richard started his career on Adelphi radio in a weekly sports talk show and went on to co-host other boxing radio shows during his career. He is now the RCM Boxing Radio Co-Host since April 2013.
Guerrero vs. Kamegai
Kamegai is best known for his power. He needs to get inside early and nail Guerrero with hard shots. Earn his respect, before Guerrero settles down and finds his rhythm. It is true “The Ghost” has been off for quite a long time. However, in the end he is just so much more talented and skilled than Kamegai. Guerrero might get off to a slow start, but eventually he will find his grove. I would like to see Guerrero go for the KO win. But my gut feeling tells me that all he wants is the “W” after such a long layoff. Pick: Guerrero wins by decision.
Russell Jr. vs. Lomachenko
What a tough fight to call. Every day I seem to change my mind. Think my hair is getting more gray just thinking about who to pick. Lomachenko might just be the best amateur Boxer I have ever seen. He also earned my respect by fighting Salido in his second pro fight. Russell Jr. has the fastest hands I’ve seen in a long time. He throws great combinations. However, his resume is soft. He has not fought a real hardcore contender yet. Some people believe Russell Jr. is being protected. This fight is huge for both men. Winner gets his just due and the loser kind of gets exposed. Yes, Russell Jr. has speed and power that must be respected. But, Lomachenko has a great jab, better foot movement and more experience as a fighter. He also goes to the body real well. I get the feeling his people know what they are doing, otherwise, this fight would not have been made. Think Vernon Forrest or Winky Wright vs. Shane Mosley. A great jab and solid timing beats speed and power. Call me crazy, but I’m going with some sort of upset here. Pick: Lomachenko wins by decision.
Soto Karass vs. Alexander
Soto Karass has tons of heart and is a very tough fighter with some power. However, at the end of the day I believe that Alexander will win this fight on pure skill. Devon will use his jab and movement to keep Karass off of him. I just hope Alexander brings his A game. He did not look that good in his last fight against Shawn Porter. In the end, Alexander wins on the fact that he is more of an athlete than Karass. It won’t be an easy night though for Alexander. Pick: Devon Alexander wins a close, hard fought decision.
RCM’s Picks: Russell Jr. UD, Guerrero UD, Alexander UD
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