By Marc Lichtenfeld
It was Prospect Night on Through the Ropes this week. Listeners were introduced to welterweight Brad “King” Solomon (14-0, 6 KOs) and super middleweight Dyah Davis (18-1, 9 KOs).
Solomon explained how he started boxing in prison and that the sport changed his life. Not only did it help him get released early, it gave him discipline, goals and a taste of success. The supremely confident boxer compared himself to a young Roy Jones, Jr. and Sugar Ray Leonard.
Solomon seemed unfazed about the biggest fight of his pro career, when he takes on Vitaly Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KOs) on Thanksgiving for the #1 ranking in the WBA. He expects to be a world champ by the middle of next year.
Dyah Davis discussed his introduction to boxing at the age of 23. After watching the Lewis – Klitschko fight, the then 225 pound Davis who was “one cupcake away from being fat” thought he could compete with some of the top heavyweights. He placed a call to his father, 1976 Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis, Jr. who ran him through some drills and saw that he had natural talent.
Rather than fighting in the amateurs, Davis explained he got his schooling by sparring with the best fighters in the world including Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Allan Green and Lucian Bute.
Davis fights Aaron Pryor, Jr. in the co-feature of tonight’s ShoBox on Showtime. The two boxers’ fathers have a bit of history as Howard Davis twice upset Aaron Pryor in the Olympic trials to earn his spot on the team.
Dyah said neither he nor his father are thinking about any family rivalry. “Aaron is just another fighter I have to beat,,” he said.
During the first segment, host Marc Lichtenfeld ranted about why he’s not a big fan of Manny Pacquiao.
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