When signing for Matchroom Boxing USA late last year, Nkosi Solomon was described as a ‘promising heavyweight who reminds him of Anthony Joshua’ by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Solomon was tipped for big things as the 23 year-old was added to the very first Matchroom USA card to showcase his skills in Chicago.
Speaking at the time, Solomon said: “My dream is right in front of me, right there. I just have to grab it,” said Solomon. “Nkosi Solomon is the only and greatest challenge I have to overcome when
“I’m conquering my mind because once I do that, nobody. And I mean nobody in this world, can stop me.
“I have a dream to accomplish. I’ll be damned if I am going to let another man get in there and have his will beat my will.
“It’s a surreal feeling. I’ve been chasing this dream for so long. To become the undisputed Heavyweight champion of the world. As you get steps closer it feels amazing. The support I’ve had already is amazing. I just cannot wait to get started in Chicago and show what I’ve got.
“The talent in the gym allows me to be better as a man and a fighter. I’ve been in there for five years and I’ve been working hard every day.
“I’ve got an educated style – I’m a boxer-puncher, I want to be out there being smart and using my mind, don’t get me wrong, I like to fight, but the point of this game is to hit and not get hit – but I will be exciting to watch, believe me.”
Despite those words, it all came crashing down last October against hometown fighter Matt Cameron. ‘Big Cam’ battered and dropped Solomon in the third and fourth rounds of a messy slugfest.
Looking out on his feet at times, Solomon tried to rally at the end but lost 39-33 on all three cards.
Having to go back to the drawing board after a shocking loss, Solomon returned at The Hulu Center in Madison Square Garden last Friday night.
Solomon was given a pep-talk by Hearn after his debut defeat and seems to have taken it on board.
Looking fresher and less tense, Solomon (???? Matchroom Boxing) finally recorded his first win.
The Guyanan-born New Yorker dominated proceedings against Rodriguez Cade. Looking more assured and controlled as Solomon won every round, dropping his opponent in the process.
Hearn now plans to keep Solomon busy in order to put that loss firmly behind him.