This August 24 th in Schwerin, Germany a very dynamic top ranked heavyweight bout takes place when Kubrat Pulev defends his IBF International bauble against Tony “Tiger” Thompson. The 41 year old Thompson put a tiger in his gas tank of late with two consecutive stoppage wins over huge punching giant Brit David Price. “Have Fists, Will Travel” should be Thompson’s new moniker since this is his 4th straight bout overseas as he takes on Pulev only 6 weeks after last absorbing heavy artillery from David Price. Amazing!
That Thompson is hungry for big fights late in his career is a good way to spike his career earnings before retirement, but he best be on his best form this time around. Pulev had a very active 2012 with 3 big knockouts over top heavies while snatching the EBU European belt, so he’s long overdue for some serious action after the terrible frustration trying to secure the IBF eliminator as top ranked contenders pulled out of proposed bouts. He’s as big and strong as you would expect a Bulgarian athlete to be and possessed of an iron chin and loves to fight, in short, a brutal night’s work for anyone in the division.
As the younger fighter solidly arrived at the top rankings at a prime aged 32 on his home turf, I expect Pulev to be the big favorite, but he may have to shake off some ring rust first. As such, I expect Thompson to jump on him early in the fight for a chin check and possible early KO.
Good luck Tony, you’ll need all of it you can conjure up, because once this big Bulgarian gets warmed and rolling, he won’t stop until someone is flattened, and at 17-0, 9 KO, it’s always been the other fighter. One of the best heavyweight bouts than can be made this year, so congrats to the fighters and promotional teams for making it come together. Boxing needs to stand up and take note.