Today at 2:00 pm EDT on BoxNation in the UK, ARD in Germany, and streaming live for BoxNation subscribers at LiveSport.TV, Kubrat Pulev will face Tony Thompson in an IBF heavyweight eliminator, Juergen Braehmer will defend the European light heavyweight title against Stefan Abatangelo, and Arthur Abraham is back in action against Willbeforce Shihepo.
Pulev (17-0, 9 KO) will look to take a final step toward his first world title shot, but Thompson (38-3, 26 KO) isn't just some regular 41-year-old fighter in his way. The American veteran has stormed back into contention this year with a pair of stoppage wins on the road against David Price, a heavily-hyped prospect from the UK whose punching power wasn't enough to get rid of "The Tiger."
Pulev is the clear favorite in this fight, as he's considered a well-rounded fighter with a serious pedigree, but Thompson is a live dog, and it's tough to count him out given what we've seen this year.
Braehmer (40-2, 31 KO) is back against his familiar level of competition, as he faces 31-year-old Italian Abatangelo (17-2-1, 6 KO), a non-contender, but one who hasn't lost since 2007. He also hasn't really beaten anyone. Braehmer has the talent to be on the world title level, but he seems pretty content where he is.
Abraham (36-4, 28 KO) is in a tune-up bout against Namibia's Shihepo (20-6, 15 KO), and it's even less interesting than the Braehmer-Abatangelo matchup.
Also in action from Schwerin: Dustin Dirks (27-1, 20 KO) looks to rebound from his first loss against Tomas Adamek (20-9-1, 7 KO); Tyron Zeuge (8-0, 5 KO) will beat up Nathan King (13-19, 1 KO); and Enrico Koelling (8-0, 1 KO) brings his special brand of Olympic background and no power into the ring against Haris Causevic (8-0, 5 KO). All of those fights are scheduled for eight rounds.