On July 6 in England, American heavyweight contender and two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson knocked out British hopeful David Price -- for the second time -- in the fifth round.
Two weeks later another American heavyweight, Malik Scott, is in England seeking a similar performance when he faces former world title challenger Dereck Chisora on Saturday (BoxNation in the United Kingdom) at Wembley Arena in London.
"I saw the fight between Thompson and Price and I knew that Thompson would do it again second time around," Scott, 32, of Philadelphia, said. "It was a great accomplishment. He's a good, strong heavyweight. I've sparred with Thompson before and I support any fighter who wears the stars and stripes and, of course, I was happy that he won. Even if Thompson didn't beat Price, I'm on my own path and I will beat Mr. Chisora in devastating style. It will be exciting, and I'll be looking to do a real good job on him, and it could be early."
Scott devastating and exciting? It would be the first time, since he is one of the most boring heavyweights in the sport today. Scott rarely presses the action and has never shown one ounce of a desire to go for a knockout or mix it up in any way. That said, Scott (35-0-1, 12 KOs) has a ton more skill than Chisora (16-4, 10 KOs) and is an excellent technician.
Frankly, Scott, coming off a disputed 10-round draw in February against 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov, should handle the 29-year-old Chisora, who ended a three fight-fight losing streak on April 20 by knocking out journeyman Hector Alfredo Avila in the ninth round, also at Wembley Arena.
Jesse Reid, Scott's trainer, believes his man can take out Chisora, who was dominated in a lopsided decision to loss to Vitali Klitschko in a 2012 world title fight and stopped in the fifth round by countryman David Haye last July.
"Malik's in tremendous shape. He's my prize racehorse and he's ready for Chisora," said Reid, who has trained fighters such as Johnny Tapia, Hector Camacho and Hall of Famer Orlando Canizales. "His strongest assets are his speed, footwork and intelligence. He knows how to stay calm under pressure. I'm more than confident. I've trained many world champions in my 42 years in boxing and some of the biggest names in the sport, but a world heavyweight champion has eluded me. But I believe I've got one in Malik."
Chisora, whose trash talking is better than his actual boxing ability, claimed that he saw fear in Scott's eyes when they faced off at Tuesday's final news conference, after Scott missed a previously scheduled media event (claiming he was unaware of it) Monday.
"I'm happy now that I've looked into his eyes and I see that the boy is scared," Chisora, nicknamed "Del Boy," said. "I don't believe all this rubbish he's saying that he didn't know about the press conference [on Monday]. He just didn't want to see me. He even had to be forced to take off his sunglasses as we went face to face. What counts is what happens in the ring on Saturday, and I'm going to do a real good job on this boy and pack him back off to America, defeated."
Don Charles, Chisora's trainer, claims Chisora is in the best shape he has ever been in, but we've all heard that before right?
"Scott looks in great shape, which is good news for us, as it will be all the better when Del beats him," Charles said. "Trust me, Del is in the best shape of his career and Scott will be not be able to stand the heat that Del is going to dish out. Scott has not met anyone like Del and he's caught him at the wrong time, Del is hungry and determined as he knows he can't afford to lose this fight."