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East Meets West With Kubrat Pulev vs Tony Thompson

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!

Pulev vs Giant Ustinov

Pulev vs Giant Ustinov

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.

Thompson applies the cross eyed hex..

Thompson applies the cross eyed hex..

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.

Tony Thompson To Sic His Tiger on David Price

Tony Thompson scored the big upset of this year when he nonchalantly knocked the legs out from underneath the monstrous punching David Price last March. Price gamely wanted to set things right, so the rematch was agreed to this Saturday, July 6th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Whoops!

Whoops!

Price had looked well on his way to another easy knockout victory for two rounds until Thompson landed what could best be described as a looping popcorn punch on the left ear of Price, and just that quickly the deal was sealed as Price and his fans scrambled to make sense of the impossible.

The usual descriptors of glass jaw, china chin, and horizontal British heavyweight got tossed around as new Price critics piled on, but now Price has another chance to box a more controlled fight and not try for the early KO as he looked to be in the beginning. Lennox Lewis felt compelled come out of a retirement of a sorts to right the sinking British heavyweight division by training Price on the nuances of the big man division.

Meanwhile, Thompson knows he can do it again, but will Price be so careless again?  Should be a fair to middlin’ fight me thinks, perhaps one of the better heavy series of this era, but we’ll just have to see what Saturday brings us.

Is The David Price Right or Can Tony Thompson Discount Him?

This coming Saturday, February 23 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, British Commonwealth champion David Price will find out if he can increase his heavyweight value enough to secure a title shot when he takes on long time American contender, Tony The Tiger Thompson.

It’s a crossroads fight between the young lion in ascendancy and the wily old veteran looking to stay relevant with a return to Ring rankings.  Thompson is following in a long line of Americans imported to the British Isles to strengthen the breeding of local heavyweight hopefuls. No belt appears on the line although it is a 12 rounder as befits the aspirations of the two fighters.

Thompson is coming off a major knockout loss to the dominant champion Wladimir Klitschko. Thompson was never able to recover the strength in his shaky legs after the first few Klitschko blasts, and was soon was hitting the canvas often enough that the ref had no choice but to pull the plug. The 6-8 David Price is undefeated at 14-0, 13 KO with the size, strength, and punching power to reprise that fight for Thompson, but it remains to be seen if he has enough ring development and nuance to land such devastating punches as Wladimir is able.

By rankings and experience, Thompson represents the best fighter Price will have faced, and he’s a long, lean, 6-5 southpaw  with plenty of power to trouble any fighter he lands his big punch on. Price should be the betting favorite, yet on paper the fight is competitive enough to represent a danger that Price’s has yet to face, a fighter who could seriously knock him out. The Thompson record is 36-3, 24 KO, almost triple the ring experience of Price, but Thompson is also a grizzled 41 years old to Price’s prime age of 29 years, off-setting strengths and vulnerabilities that make for a potentially exciting fight.

No David Price fight is replete without the mention of his more highly ranked and younger domestic rival, the forever tweeting but never meeting Tyson Fury.  Price and his promoter have long been engaged in promotional one upmanship with team Fury, trying to take their domestic spat to the ring where it properly belongs. If Price does beat Thompson as expected, could be the moneytree finally bears enough fruit to make that fight happen. The promoters and networks  that the fighters are contractually bound need to iron out their own business rivalries, the big elephant in the room holding the big monkey wrench that typically kills these types of fights. See Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr for how that works.

The Test is Pass/Fail, so we will see soon enough who passes and who fails.

7/7–Wlad Klitschko Rematches Tony “Tiger” Thompson

Tony The Tiger Thompson gets a rematch of one of the more respectable title challenges given to Wlad Klitschko from 4 years ago. The bout takes place July 7th at Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland at an approximate elevation of 1800′, creating potential stamina problems for any fighter who may be elevationally challenged. While 1800′ doesn’t represent much elevation by my way of thinking for a trained athlete, I’ve come to find that some folks are more predisposed to weakness at any significant elevation gain, so we shall see what if any factor the elevation plays.

Wlad goes for his 19th title victory against 2 title losses, one of the best all time heavyweight title records, yet still looks for respect outside the European sphere where he currently defends his title. His last defense in the US came in 2008 against the undefeated southpaw, Sultan Ibragimov, a rather tepid technical boxing display resulting in an wide unanimous decision for Wlad.

This will be his 12th straight defense since regaining his championship form with the defeat of IBF titleholder Chris Byrd in 2006. Ironically, it was then WBO titlest Byrd who started Wlad on his title path back in 2000 as well as being the first of his record setting title matches against southpaw fighters, his 7th with the Thompson rematch. Wlad is currently 5-1 with 3 KOs and one KO loss in these lefty matches.

Dr Steelhammer vs The Tiger

Dr Steelhammer vs The Tiger

Thompson says that he was hindered in the first fight by a damaged knee that he has since had two surgeries on. Klitschko has been mopping the floor against the best of the heavyweight contenders whereas Thompson has been more inactive against lesser competition. His best win was against fringe contender Chazz Witherspoon, but all 5 wins were by knockout.

And it’s a knockout that Tony Thompson will be looking for since it’s just impossible to ever outbox either of the Klitschko brothers, the most dominant heavyweight boxers by % of rounds won in history as near as I can tell by available scoring records. Thompson will be a few months shy of his 41st birthday though, not a good bet to knockout a champion sporting a 57-3, 50 KO record, the best since Joe Louis was last dominating the division.

However, Wlad is 36 years of age and looked slow and tentative against Jean Marc Mormeck in his last defense, almost not knowing what to do in the first round when Mormeck smartly manuveured into range and also froze in the moment. Perhaps he was giving the former French champion too much respect, and he did take care of business just a few rounds later, but Thompson is a much bigger threat powerwise.

Wlad is by nature a congenitally cautious boxer to the point of maddening his critics into a rabid froth anytime his name comes up in conversation. Even his highlight 2nd round KO of Ray Austin so many moons ago, quintuple lightning strikes of consecutive left hooks came out of the blue after staying well out of range with nothing but jabs to show up to that point.

Cautious to a fault, sure, but the proof is in the pudding, and it’s been a dominant career in spite of painful setbacks during the early years.

Don’t see how Tony Thompson can pull off the trick, but he will be looking for the one perfect shot during the 36 minutes of the bout. They all hone their skills and dream of their moment as any of us might, so that’s as good a reason as any to tune in for the final results.