Thompson: 263.9 lbs
Pulev: 252.9 lbs
Prediction: Is Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KOs) turning into a UK heavyweight hype killer? He’s aiming for that later today when he attempts to build on his two surprise KOs over David Price when he faces another undefeated heavyweight in Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs). The momentum is definitely with Thompson and from looking at the weigh-in footage, he looks to be in much better shape even though he’s come in at a career-high weight. He looks more muscular, especially in the upper body. Pulev looks a little soft in comparison.
With that said, we know boxing is far from a body-building contest. I think Pulev’s jab, which is one of his main weapons, will be nullified by Thompson’s southpaw stance. Also, the fact that Pulev doesn’t had a big power will make Thompson anxious to mix it up since since he’s a more accurate and better combination puncher. Don’t be surprised to see Pulev very wary of this and trying to stay on the move.
Although I am worried about Thompson’s stamina if it goes late, I believe he knows that trying to bank on a decision in Germany, no matter how dominant he is, would not be wise. Thompson said this one is not going eight rounds and I second that opinion. Thompson TKO7.