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.
Terence Crawford is one of the most talented young fighters in the sport. He’s a pure boxer, who relies on his jab and solid counterpunching ability. Four years ago, Yuriorkis Gamboa was viewed as a pound for pound superstar. But he’s spent a lot of time fighting with promoters and not taking relevant fights.
Juan Manuel Lopez and Brandon Rios would have been huge for Gamboa. But for whatever reason, they didn’t happen. Gamboa needs a victory Saturday night. His future depends on it. This is a tough fight to pick. Crawford will use his reach and height advantages over Gamboa. Gamboa has great speed and timing. He will need to use them both and nail Crawford with his power shots. Crawford’s chin has never been tested and Gamboa has been down on the canvas before. However, he has quick recovery skills and great killer instincts. I don’t like the fact that Gamboa keeps his hands low and also you don’t know which fighter will show up, the amateur superstar and potential pound for pound stud or the rusty, inactive, stubborn fighter who doesn’t know if he’s a boxer or slugger. There were rumors that Crawford was having problems making 135 pounds. With all things being equal, Terence Crawford will overcome some shaky moments early and box his way to victory. Just hope he doesn’t try and knock Gamboa out. That could lead to his downfall. Like I said, It’s a very tough fight to call, but my pick is: Terence Crawford wins by a Unanimous Decision.
RCM’s Picks: Crawford by UD
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