Welterweight and Former Jr. Welterweight Contender Featured on ESPN s Friday
Friday Night Fights will
originate from Hollywood Fla.
on March 18 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with a 10-round
main event featuring undefeated, welterweight Brad King Solomon (16-0, 7 KO s,
WBC #6) facing former jr. welterweight contender Demetrius Dynamite Hopkins
(30-1-1, 11 KO s). Joe Tessitore
and Teddy Atlas
will be ringside at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, describing the action.
Louisiana native Solomon, coming off a December unanimous decision
win over tough veteran Anges Adjaho, has progressed quickly as a professional.
Last summer he came away with an impressive victory against undefeated Puerto
Rican prospect Kenny Galarza on ESPN s Friday Night Fights. Entering the
fight, he was a traveling underdog, unknown and unranked. Since then he has
won four fights. After the Galarza fight, ESPN.com s Dan Rafael wrote, This was
an excellent match on paper, because it was between undefeated prospects with
different styles. The three-time National Golden Gloves winner is a technician
with good movement. Galarza is more of an aggressive fighter who likes to mix it
up and use his outstanding power to end fights early. Solomon's style won out
and did so rather easily. It was not a shock that he would win the fight, but it
was very surprising to see him completely dominate and pitch the
A lot of people
say I fight like Roy Jones, Solomon said. I m a smart fighter in the ring. I
counterpunch, move, and when I can stay in the pocket, I stay in the pocket. I
fight smart. I ve got fast hands and fast foot-work.
Philadelphia s Hopkins, the nephew of Ring Magazine s #1
ranked light heavyweight and future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins, is coming off
an impressive 10-round unanimous decision win over Mike Arnaoutis last July on
ESPN s Friday Night Fights. After the fight ESPN.com s Rafael wrote,
Hopkins was better than Arnaoutis in every aspect of the fight. Bigger, busier
and more accurate, Hopkins used his boxing skills and a solid jab and was a bit
more aggressive than usual as he reddened the face of Arnaoutis and dominated
from the outset. Arnaoutis corner was begging its man to get aggressive and go
after Hopkins, but Arnaoutis simply had no answers.
I ve been
preparing for this fight for about two months, Hopkins said of Friday s fight.
Brad Solomon is a beginner and he s still got a lot to learn. He hasn t fought
top fighters like me. He hasn t been in there with wolves. It s going to be a
rude awakening come March 18.
Friday s event will also feature aerial views from the Goodyear
blimp. Studio host Brian
will present all the latest boxing news and highlights.