ON Friday night in Orlando, Florida two veteran heavyweights met in a must-win bout. Malik Scott, aged 35, faced Tony Thompson, nine years older at 44, and in the end the younger man’s speed told. Scott won the ten rounder via unanimous decision, the scores for him being 98-91, 96-93 and a much closer 95-94. Now 38-2-1(13) and two wins removed from his disastrous one-round KO loss at the hands of current WBC champ Deontay Wilder, Scott survived a knockdown to get the win over Thompson, who is now 40-6(27).
Scott used his faster legs to outmanoeuvre the somewhat plodding Thompson and he built up points whilst also staying out of danger pretty much all night. The only scare came for Scott in the ninth round, when Thompson finally landed with his right hand, a heavy blow sending Scott to the canvas. Hurt, Scott managed to see out the remainder of the round and see out the 10th and final session to pick up his first win of 2015.
Later on, both men spoke about the fight that went out on Bounce TV.