SOLOMON Dacres will be hoping a tie-break comes the way of the British Lionhearts this weekend - so he can make his World Series of Boxing debut.
Super heavyweight Dacres, who is aligned to Warley at club level, is riding the crest of a wave after being fast-tracked to Great Britain’s full podium squad.
The 23-year-old Brummie has claimed an England Elite national title and gold for his country in the Elite Three Nations already this year.
It comes after he stepped up to GB’s full ranks just weeks after joining the set-up, after initially being assigned to the podium potential squad.
He now stands-by to get involved with the Lionhearts, who take on the France Fighting Roosters at the famed York Hall in London on Saturday.
The WSB allows boxers to compete in pro-style contests while retaining their unpaid status, as it’s endorsed by England Boxing and organised by the Amateur International Boxing Association.
Under tournament rules, each fighter is bare-chested and without a headguard, competing over five three-minute rounds. Teams meet at five weights, with the winner decided on bouts won. The Lionhearts’ are 3-2 down in their two-legged quarter-final tie after the first leg in Salle Wagram, Paris, last Thursday.
Dacres, currently the top ranked GB fighter available at 91kg plus with Frazer Clarke injured, will only be called into action if the sides are level. He would face French counterpart Jonathan Nacto.
He’s also on standby for next month’s European Championships in Ukraine, should Clarke fail to recover from a hand problem. It would be Dacres’ competitive GB debut.
His ascension continued last weekend with his Three Nations glory, following on from adding the Elite title to a Senior Development accolade two years ago.
The towering 6ft 5in operator first stopped dwarfed Welshman Conner Wigfall in the second round, the referee stepping in after a left hook-right hand combination hit him clean in the corner.
He went on to outpoint Scotland’s Mitchell Barnton, handing him a standing count in the second round through the same punch combo. The Three Nations were at Rotherham’s Magna Centre.
Dacres moved to 22 victories from 30 unpaid outings with 10 TKOs, including three stoppages from his last five fights.
His career looks to have vindicated his decision to quit rugby, where he had trials for the England Under-20 team and was at Worcester Warriors’ academy.
He will looking to rival Clarke for September’s AIBA World Championships in Germany, with both jostling for position ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.