IBF: Kubrat Pulev v Tony Thompson not yet sanctioned as eliminator

Contrary to several media reports, WBN has learned that the proposed heavyweight battle between Kubrat Pulev and Tony Thompson is still under consideration for final elimination status with the International Boxing Federation.

Speaking with IBF spokesperson Jeanette Salazar today, I was told that the fight remains under review after being put forward by promoters Sauerland, and is still in the process of receiving final clearance for the scheduled bout on August 24 in Germany.

IBF number one Pulev, 32, has been searching for most of this year for a worthy opponent to gain his chance to become mandatory to current champion Wladimir Klitschko and it is widely thought that veteran Thompson will be approved as so.

Salazar mentioned that a decision is due on the contest in the short-term with the bout just over three weeks away and WBN were given more than an impression that the fight will eventually be given the sanction required by Pulev’s team.

41 year-old Thompson was earmarked by Sauerland as a worthy opponent after his recent exploits in derailing the rise of former Olympian David Price and with his standing as a two-time world title challenger, should have no problem with gaining the approval to chase another world chance.