Eddie Hearn’s inspirational words of wisdom to Nkosi Solomon after loss on professional debut

Eddie Hearn Boxing Press Conference

Eddie Hearn was caught on camera delivering some golden nuggets of wisdom to newly-turned professional fighter Nkosi Solomon on Saturday night following his shock debut loss.

Hearn, boxing promoter and managing director of Matchroom Sport, is well known in the sporting world for promoting some of boxing’s most recognisable names, including Anthony Joshua, Amir Khan and Tony Bellew.

The Englishman has earnt his highly-respected reputation over the years as a tough, no-nonsense character who knows how to put on a good show.

The highly-rated Solomon enjoyed great success in his amateur career and was ranked the number one amateur in the United States before turning pro. The heavyweight has been billed as a future star by Hearn, who has put a lot of resources behind promoting the young sensation.  

Speaking to American boxer Solomon on Saturday night after his surprise defeat to underdog and fellow American Matt Cameron, Hearn had some very wise and almost surprisingly-heartfelt words of advice for the down beaten boxer.

“You got hit with one left hook at the end of the round, (which) probably a little bit stunned you,” Hearn explained - scroll down to see the video.

“One minute into the second round your legs went and your tank emptied because you had so much nervous energy.

“It’s quite exciting that you lost your first fight,” Hearn continued to the surprised-looking American.

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“You probably think I’m mad saying that. You know people that have lost their first pro fights? Bernard Hopkins? Right, there you go!

“AJ was like that this early in his career. You’ve got to be stronger, faster, fitter.

 “But it’s ok, because you’ve got to test yourself sometimes and this is your test. So now it’s about what you got in your heart, that’s all.

When asked about the possibility of returning to the ring in December, Hearn was adamant.

“We aren’t going anywhere – you’ve got our backing 100%. But I’m not going to put you in a ring again until you are ready. Next time there’ll be no excuses.”

The boxing promoter-turned father figure finished off with “It’s done. There’s no point in talking about it. So you take it on the chin, and you learn."

Eddie Hearn’s wise words will undoubtedly ring true with many, and as well as showing the kinder side of his nature to the world, they may also serve to be good advice to many aspiring fighters coming up through the ranks - not least Solomon himself.

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