"I wasn't surprised by Hopkins looking to sidestep his mandatory against me. My record is very deceiving to those that don't know me and my talent. Think of me as a middleweight Glen Johnson. Once I hooked up with Stuart Duncan (manager), he made sure that I was given the best opportunities to win, including in the favorite's backyard, where I have won 18 straight bouts," stated Soliman. "Hopkins is very aware of my abilities and understands the risk with me in the opposite corner. One way or the other, he will have to face me or give his spin on why after all of these years and defenses that he will suddenly give up his title rather than fighting me. I'm ready for either decision."