PBC on Bounce TV will be returning to Central Florida for the third time, featuring a scheduled 10 round heavyweight showdown between, Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (45-5-0 27 KOs) and Malik “King” Scott (37-2-1 13KOs).
The fight will be located at The Venue at UCF in Orlando, Florida (the UCF basketball area).
Tony Thompson is the definition of an experienced, battle tested heavyweight having faced a plethora of top-tier competition including two title shots opportunities against the best heavyweight in this era; Wladimir Klitschko. Although coming up short in his two world championship fights against the dominate Ukrainian, Thomson has had some quality wins in his fifteen plus year career.
The most noteworthy was two consecutive knockout victories against undefeated British Olympic Gold Medal winner David Price in the UK. Thomson’s last fight was a knockout victory against the once highly regarded Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis, who refused to come out of the corner after the 8th round. Just turning 44, Tony Thompson hopes to extend his career with a win as the feature bout on PBC on Bounce TV.
Although coming off a unanimous decision victory in his last fight (against Alex Leapai), Malik Scott is still a long way from eradicating the pathetic performance he displayed against WBC title holder Deontay Wilder from the minds of many.
Scott was expected to be a step up in competition for the “Bronze Bomber”, but instead looked disinterested putting forth an underwhelming effort in Puerto Rico last year. In fact, his first round knockout loss (where it appeared Scott was not hit clean, coupled with the lack of effort he has in making it up from the ten-count lead) led some fight fans to speculate that he stepped into the ring only to take a paycheck. Luckily for Malik Scott, PBC has given a lot of second and third chances for fighters to extend their careers’ via national broadcast.
The Heavyweight division has also captivated the attention of casual American boxing followers unequivocally. This fight may not have substantial relevance in regards to the upper echelon of the division, but could result in fireworks with both fighters trying to make a case for the relevancy.