Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Thompson Arrives In Turkey To Prepare For March 22 Bout Against Solis!
DC heavyweight Tony "The Tiger" Thompson recently arrived in Istanbul, Turkey for his 12-round WBC International Heavyweight title bout against Odlanier Solis of Miami, FL on Saturday, March 22 in Tekirdag, Turkey.
Thompson (38-4, 26 KO's) will be participating in his fifth straight international bout. Thompson has not fought in the United States since May of 2011 when he stopped Maurice Harris in the third round in Reno, NV. Thompson last fought on August 24 in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Kubrat Pulev for the IBF International title.
Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist for Cuba (20-1, 13 KO's) won the IBF Inter-Continental title with a seventh-round TKO over Yakup Saglam on July 27 in Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany.
“Solis vs. Thompson is surely a crossroads fight for both guys which could go either way”, says promoter Ahmet Oner in a press release. “For me, this is one of the best possible fights in the heavyweight division at the moment. It will surely be a different story than the farce between Wilder and Scott last Saturday. And it is also a better fight than Klitschko vs. Leapai. I still believe that Odlanier Solis is the only fighter who can beat Wladimir Klitschko. All other guys like Wilder, Jennings, Stiverne and Arreola have no chance against Solis when he is in top shape and lives up to his potential. But that is exactly what he has to do next weekend against Thompson. Because Thompson is so experienced that Solis cannot afford to make any mistake. I am sure that it will be a great fight.”