Richard ‘The Boxing Prophet’ Solomon’s Picks Of the Week
By Richard Solomon, RCM Boxing Radio Co-Host
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.
Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28KOs) vs. Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12KOs)
Boxing fans who have seen Golovkin fight know that there is more to his game than brute punching power. GGG is a complete fighter. He understands angles. Golovkin is patient and has a great jab. Murray is a smart fighter. I believe he got robbed against both Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez. His game plan has to include earning the respect of GGG with his own attack, while being careful not to stay stationary for too long. Make no mistake about it, a slugfest is something Murray doesn’t want with Golovkin. Murray can’t and won’t win that type of fight. His best bet to pull of the upset win is to utilize his own jab and footwork. Stick and move. GGG has stopped 18 straight opponents. Just winning isn’t enough. He is a beast. Golovkin’s dominance has created a standard that will be tough to live up to as his career goes on. If Murray loses, but goes the distance, it’ll be a victory of sorts for the challenger. Not to mention some serious motivation for the next Golovkin opponent.
Life is not fair in the world of Boxing. The pressure is on Golovkin. He has to shine and make a statement with each win. A performance that rates anywhere below dominant would potentially slow Golovkin’s momentum. The man who will beat or seriously challenge GGG (Where Are You Andre Ward?) will be either very fast, powerful or both. Murray has neither quality that makes him a serious threat to dethrone GGG. Murray lacks the punching power to get Golovkin’s attention or respect. Murray is also not quick enough to slip the punches, counter and move out of harm’s way consistently for 12 rounds. So, the only question left is: How long will the fight last? If Murray doesn’t fight scared, he can win some early rounds. Especially if he moves well. However, ultimately, Golovkin will time Murray. Look for GGG to walk him down and finish him before the start of the tenth round. My Pick: Gennady Golovkin wins by a 9th Round TKO.
Here are my picks for some other notable fights taking place this weekend: Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28KOs) over Paul Smith (35-4, 20KOs) by Split Decision, David Price (18-2, 15KOs) over Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14KOs) by a 6th Round KO and Enrico Koelling (16-0, 6KOs) over Mirco Ricci (13-2, 4KOs) by Unanimous Decision.
The Boxing Prophet’s Record (68-9)
RCM’s Boxing Record (32-9)
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