It’s hard to think of many former amateur stars from American that have stayed under the radar whilst mounting up a relatively impressive record though though Brad Solomon looks like one that has managed to evade the attention of most. Solomon has racked up a solid record of 15-0 (7) impressively beating previously unbeaten fighters like the under-rated Ray Robinson and the hard punching Kenny Galarza and looks to add to it on Tuesday when he faces the experienced Anges Adjaho on the under-card of the Fres Oquend v Oliver McCall fight.
Although the main eventers are both well beyond their best years Brad is just starting to get into his stride. With accurate punches, a great work rate and ever improving power Brad is making up for lost time after starting his professional career relatively late, just shy of his 25th birthday. After having stopped one of his first 5 fights early he has learnt to sit down on his punches and managed to stop 4 of his last 5 opponents including former world title contender Wilfredo Negron and Pablo Vazquez. Though in Adjaho Solomon shouldn’t be getting over confident.
Adjaho has mixed in solid company with fighters like Miguel Acosta (the current WBA Lightweight champion) and Antonio DeMarco (former WBC Lightweight contender) though has generally fallen short against the best fighters he’s faced. Adjaho has also generally been fighting at Lightweight or below, and not the Welterweight division where Solomon is based. Though saying that, the Benin born fighter does hold an impressive win over the tough Fernando Angulo. With a record of 25-3 (14) he’s only been stopped once and that was by DeMarco, so he’s shown some resilience. However he does lack the technical skills of someone like Solomon who will be able to control the fight and impose his size, speed and skills.
Expect Adjaho to come out swinging and try to hurt Solomon who will just be a bit too good for him. Hopefully the fight will get the “Busy Bee” some form of media attention, as he deserves it for his skills and for a fantastic year in which he has genuinely impressed. He’s going to go a long way from being a 3 time Golden Gloves winner to being a world title contender.