There has been a lot of movement around the rematch between Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis. Literally.
The rematch of the first bout, which Thompson won by split decision in March was originally scheduled for October 18 but Solis suffered an injury. The bout was moved to November 22 but Solis's injury had not healed sufficently. The bout was then going to be in Dusseldorf, Germany on January 24 but it was postponed a third time.
The bout is now slated to be on February 27 in Budapest, Hungary. However, the contest was in danger of being cancelled again earlier today. Fightnews.com reported that the local promoter pulled the plug on the event after several payment deadlines were missed by the card’s Hungarian financial backers.
The promoter for Solis, Ahmet Oner, still insists that the bout will take place somewhere on February 27.
“Me and my partners invested a lot of money to bring the fight to Budapest and we thought that people would be happy to have a big show like this,” said Öner. “But now it seems that they don’t want us there. I have dealt with more difficult tasks in the past. I will find another venue in Europe so the fight can definitely go ahead on February 27 as planned. We have had too many postponements already because of medical problems. Both Tony Thompson and Odlanier Solis are well prepared and ready to fight. The sanctioning fees and flight tickets have been paid. So the fight will go ahead. I have a show in Adana (Turkey) this weekend (Feb. 14) and will present the new location for Solis vs. Thompson II within the next days.”