Tuesday October 20, 2015– Tony “The Tiger” Thompson will take on Malik “King” Scott in a battle of American heavyweight contenders. Undefeated 140-pound prospects Lydell Rhodes and Sergey Lipinets will face off in a 10-round bout. The event will take place on Friday October 30, 2015 starting at 9 PM ET/ 9 PM PT and will be broadcasted live on Bounce TV. The Venue will take place at UCF in Orlando, Florida. Below you can find the fight previews for this event.
THOMPSON vs SCOTT PREVIEW:
If you’re a fight fan who prefers battles between powerful, beefy, experienced heavyweights, you might want to clear your calendar for October 30.
On that night, 6-foot-5 Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will trade blows with 6-4 Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of a Premier Boxing Champions card from The Venue at the University of Central Florida (Bounce TV, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
If their most recent fights are any indication—Thompson weighed in at 262 pounds, Scott at 242—there will be more than 500 pounds of humanity prancing around the ring for the scheduled 10-round bout.
Thompson, who will be 12 days removed from his 44th birthday when he takes on Scott, is coming off an eighth-round stoppage of 2004 Cuban Olympian Odlanier Solis in February in Turkey. It was the second time in 11 months that Thompson traveled to Turkey to take down Solis, having earned a unanimous decision in their first clash in March 2014.
In between, the Washington, D.C., resident suffered a 12-round unanimous-decision loss to Carlos Takam in June 2014 in France. In fact, starting with a TKO loss to heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko in July 2012—which was a rematch of their 2008 bout, also a TKO win by Klitschko—each of Thompson’s last seven fights have been contested overseas.
Back on American soil, Thompson will be facing an opponent who is nine years his junior and one who will have been out of action for 364 days: Scott last fought October 31 when he scored a one-sided, 10-round unanimous-decision triumph over Alex Leapai.
That came on the heels of a 96-second knockout loss to unbeaten heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder in March 2014—a defeat that’s part of a current 2-2-1 stretch for Scott following a perfect 35-0 start to his career.
As if fighting to stay relevant in the increasingly competitive heavyweight division wasn’t enough of an incentive for both boxers coming into this contest, there’s the matter of Beltway bragging rights: While Thompson hails from D.C., Scott is a lifelong Philadelphia resident.
RHODES vs LIPINETS PREVIEW:
Some boxers are extremely calculated when it comes to matchmaking early in their careers, believing that slow and steady is the best path to get to the top.
And then there’s Lydell “The Hackman” Rhodes. Since turning pro just 4½ years ago, Rhodes has logged 24 fights, including 13 since the start of 2013. Such constant activity might not work for some fighters, but it has for Rhodes, who will bring a 23-0-1 record into his next bout October 30 against up-and-coming 140-pounder Sergey Lipinets (7-0, 6 KOs).
The scheduled 10-round contest is part of a Premier Boxing Champions card from The Venue at the University of Central Florida in Orlando (Bounce TV, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
After setting a blistering pace to begin his career, the 27-year-old Rhodes has actually slowed down a bit of late, having fought just once since November. That was an eight-round, split draw against Jared Robinson on June 21 in Las Vegas, the first time Rhodes exited the ring without a victory.
Like Rhodes, Lipinets has taken on a heavy a workload to start his career, fighting—and winning—seven times since making his pro debut in April 2014.
A 26-year-old native of Kazakhstan who now fights out of Russia, Lipinets kicked things off with a six-round unanimous-decision victory over journeyman Franklin Varela in Moscow, then followed that with six consecutive stoppages. The most recent was a third-round TKO of Kendal Mena on July 8 in New York City.
While Rhodes will have the experience advantage in this contest, the 5-foot-7 Lipinets will enjoy a 2½-inch height advantage.
(Content Courtesy of PBC Editor)
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