One of England’s best amateur heavyweights has joined forces with one of the country’s top promoters ahead of his planned professional career. Matchroom Boxing today announced the acquisition of 2017 national champion and World Series of Boxing veteran Solomon Dacres.
Welcome to the team GB podium squad Heavyweight @SolomonDacres - let’s go! @skysportsboxing @daznboxing @sjamboxing pic.twitter.com/LXA2uFEEmG— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) December 29, 2020
“I turned over with my management team S-JAM Boxing and we were looking at getting a deal with the biggest promoter,” said Dacres. “Matchroom provide the biggest platform and the best networks to perform on and progress on. I’m really looking forward to working with the number one promoter out there.
“Being on the Team GB squad, I’ve sparred with Anthony Joshua for a number of years. It was regular sparring while he was in camp and I was training in Sheffield. It brought me on massively and improved me as a fighter. We’ve both been progressing over the years.
“That’s the level I’m looking to get to. I’ve seen the level that a Heavyweight World Champion performs at. With the same hard work and dedication that ‘AJ’ has displayed throughout his career, I’m confident I can reach those levels too.
“Sky Sports and DAZN viewers can expect to see a very explosive style from me. I’ve got fast hands for a Heavyweight and a lot of strength and power. I’d say that I’ve got a fan friendly style. I’m going to bring excitement.
“Next year I’m looking to settle myself into the professional ranks and get a few fights under my belt. I want to make a statement with some eye-catching performances on Sky Sports and DAZN. The ultimate goal is to become a Heavyweight World Champion.”
With Frazer Clarke already occupying Team GB’s super heavyweight slot for Tokyo 2021, it’s not surprising to see Dacres entering the paid ranks. The 27-year-old, who’s served as a sparring partner for Anthony Joshua, Daniel Dubois, and Joe Joyce, notably owns a dominant WSB win over Mihai Nistor alongside his previously established credentials.
Manager Adam Moralee calls Dacres “one of the best Heavyweights ever to come out of Team GB;” I suppose we’ll find out how true that is next year.