During the Beltway Boxing Year in Review, we mentioned that DC heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson is slated to take on Odlander "La Sombra" Solis in March. Reportedly, the bout now has a date and a location.
Thompson (38-4, 26 KO's) will face Solis (20-1, 13 KO's) on Saturday, March 22 in Kusadasi, Turkey in a matchup between two ranked contenders who have had world title shots in the past. Thompson is listed at number 8 by the IBF and faced Wladimir Klitschko in 2008 and 2012. Solis is ranked fifth by the IBF and 10th by the WBC. Solis's only loss was to Vitali Klitschko when he suffered a knee injury in 2011. Solis, a native of Cuba, has won three straight since his title loss and is currently the IBF Intercontinental champion. No word if that title will be on the line in this contest.