44-year-old #9 WBC heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to add another scalp to his resume this Friday night against 35-year-old Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10 round fight on free television in the main event on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV at The Venue at UCF, located behind the CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla.
With the heavyweight division labouring slightly and both men clearly far from finished, the contest holds some interest with the winner surely not too far from a world title shot of some sort.
The older man by nine years, Thompson is coming off one of his best wins in his 40-5 (27) career. Facing old foe Odlanier Solis in Turkey, Thompson took full advantage of the younger man’s dubious conditioning and put a beat-down on the Cuban who eventually refused to box on after eight one-sided rounds.
That fight was back in February and one wonders how much longer “The Tiger” can continue mixing it with the best after 15 long years as a pro with around ten of those being spent somewhere around the world’s top ten big men.
Malik Scott offers similar credentials to his older opponent with 40 bouts to his opponent’s 45. Scott is only an inch or so behind Thompson in the height and reach departments though could be around 20-25lbs the smaller man come fight night.
Scott, just like Tony, turned pro in 2000 and won every one of his first 35 pro contests. The Philly prospect made his name with terrific sparring of the world’s best men including Lennox Lewis. The problem was “King” never seemed to nail that meaningful fight that gets a guy’s status from prospect to contender.
After several low key victories, Scott disappeared after a win in December 2008 and wouldn’t resurface until early 2012. Credit where it’s due; Scott has faced far superior opposition since his comeback.
If Thompson looks good in beating Scott, he could have a chance of getting selected by Wilder’s adviser Al Haymon for Wilder’s next title defense. It’s not an ideal fight for Wilder though because he needs to face someone shorter to get him ready for his title shot against his WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Wilder needs to be ready for that fight because it’s potentially going to be a tough one.
“It’s great to be fighting on PBC on Bounce in a heavyweight fight like this,” said Thompson. “I’m not looking past Malik Scott because he’s an experienced and crafty fighter. I think most fighters will stay away from a style like Malik’s but everyone knows I will fight anyone. I’ll be looking to make a statement against him by pressing the action and keeping him out of his comfort zone.”