Konstantin Ponomarev-Brad Solomon in Play for Pacquiao-Bradley

By Yuri Tarantin

23-year-old Russian welterweight contender Konstantin Ponomarev (29-0, 13KOs) is booked to return on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

His next fight will take place as part of the big pay-per-view which features Manny Pacquiao facing Timothy Bradley for a third time.

 According to the director of Ural Boxing Promotion, Alexei Vasiliev, the opponent will be unbeaten 32-year-old Brad Solomon (26-0, 9KOs).

"The contract for the bout has not been signed, but the agreement has been reached with Solomon's team. We have already reached a deal, " said Alexei. "It will be a 10-round bout, in which Konstantin will defend his NABF welterweight title."

Konstantin Ponomorev

Ponomarev had a good year in 2015. He won a decision over Steve Claggett at the star in January, return in May to upset hot Canadian prospect Mikael Zewski and then came back in November to defeat Rames Agaton.

Solomon was in action twice in 2015. He had a very close call in a split decision won over Adrian Granados on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard in May. Some observers felt he lost that fight and he was in a lot of trouble late in the fight. He did better in his Raymond Serrano unanimous decision win in October.

Yuri Tarantin covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by John Locke on 03-09-2016

Very good fight, Brad Solomon is a very good talent, if Ponomarev can clearly beat him, we know he's the real deal.

Comment by nycsmooth on 02-05-2016

I've seen Brad several times on tv & he's an excellent standup boxer w/ virtually no power...he can win if he doesn't fade...a shame w/a his talent I feel he's been mis managed as it's taken him years 2 get…

Comment by OctoberRed on 02-05-2016

Decent fight. I give the edge to Ponomarev

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Joshua Out-Weighs Povetkin By Almost 25 Pounds In London Hopkins: Canelo Flipped Script On Golovkin, Walked Him Down David Price: Beating Sergey Kuzmin Can Be Life-Changing Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added James Wilkins' Big Moment Has Arrived in ShoBox Debut Amir Khan Tells Anthony Joshua To Head To America For Legacy Malignaggi: Fans Won't Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao 2? Bullsh*t! BoxNation Announces Big Week of Live Shows DAZN Exec: No Reason Boxing Fans Shouldn't Come Check Us Out Iran Diaz Expects Tough Outing, Vows To Shock Sor Rungvisai Thurman: I Look Forward To Reminding Everyone I'm #1 at 147 Khan: I Can't End Career With Canelo Being My Only Big Fight! Photos: Michael Dutchover, Bergman Aguilar Ready For Battle Chocolatito Wants To Take Things Slow, Adapt More To 115 Lemieux on Canelo: I'll Be The Underdog, I Can Surprise Everyone Photos: Victor Ortiz, John Molina Come Together For Media Day Amir Khan: People Think I Can't Take a Shot Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Tomas Rojas on October 6, Mexico City Trey Lippe-Morrison Back in Training With Roach at Wild Card Joe Noynay Breaks Foe To Retain, Toyogon Vaporizes Bolcio Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Miguel Beltran - Go Face To Face Alimkhanuly, Ualikhanov Set To Make Top Rank Debuts Joe Cortez Joins Devin Haney Promotions Magsayo, Brian Norman, Mendoza, Brandun Lee Back on 10/6 Lomachenko-Pedraza Shifts To MSG on 12/8, New Plans For 12/1 Gamboa: Me and Juanma Felt Marlins Park Was Perfect For Event HBO's Lampley: Overwhelming Majority Saw Golovkin Win, Twice Photos: Price vs. Kuzmin, Campbell vs. Mendy - Face To Face Charr Shocked as Positive Drug Tests Cancel Oquendo Fight Photos: Joshua, Povetkin - Face To Face at Final Press Conference O'Shaquie Foster Motivated To Shock Jon Fernandez on ShoBox Joshua Prepared For 'Good Scrap;' Hopes to Stop Povetkin in 8th Ryan Garcia Believes Tyson Fury Will Upset Deontay Wilder Bob Arum: HBO and Showtime Don't Belong In Boxing Anymore Whyte: I'll Get In Joshua's Head, Knock Him Out In Our Rematch Hearn: If Fury is KO'd By Wilder, The Joshua Fight Never Happens James Tennyson Aims To Dominate, Pressure Tevin Farmer Hearn Warns Team Wilder: Hurry Up, You Haven't Got Long Golovkin Opponents Split on Canelo Rematch Outcome Ngabu vs. Merhy in Play For EBU Strap After Jur KO Loss

Latest Active Forum Threads