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Tony Thompson versus Odlanier Solis: Who is The True Heavyweight Contender?


By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent


On Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Istanbul, Turkey, the 12 round main event for the World Boxing Council International title will feature Odlanier ‘La Sombra’ Solis Fonte, age 33, 20-1, 13 knockouts, Miami, Florida, versus southpaw Tony ‘The Tiger’ Thompson, age 42, 38-4, 26 knockouts, Washington, District of Columbia.


Thompson lost a 12 round decision in Germany in August 2013 to Kubrat Pulev for the right to fight Wladimir Klitschko in the final International Boxing Federation heavyweight eliminator for the IBF International Heavyweight title. This decision loss was no shame, as Thompson could only win by knockout against Pulev anyway. Thompson exposed the overhyped British hope David Price by stopping him twice in 2013, coming off the canvas in the rematch to win. Thompson has lost to Klitschko twice in world title bouts, being stopped in the eleventh and sixth rounds of those world title challenges.


Solis Fonte, a Cuban defector who won the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal in the heavyweight division in Athens, Greece, fell backwards to the canvas in the first round against Vitali Klitschko and incurred ligament and cartilage damage in his right knee in 2011, losing his WBC World Heavyweight title challenge. Solis Fonte has won three IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title bouts since that time.


Solis Fonte versus Thompson is destined to go the distance. Thompson’s chin and heart are solid, and his technical skill is superior. Nonetheless, Solis Fonte has power. Given, Thompson got dropped by David Price, can Solis Fonte do same or similar damage? Thompson will win by 12 round decision if the bout goes the distance. However, if Solis FOnte can realize his potential and land power shots of consequence, Solis Fonte will stop Thompson within seven or eight rounds. The winner of Tony Thompson versus Odlanier Solis Fonte could get a shot at Alexander Povetkin later in 2014. Thompson versus Solis Fonte, which will be fought in an obscure location, could turn out to be far closer more hard fought than experts might predict, and its result could have significance in terms of who the winner fights next, if it is not Povetkin.


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