In a scheduled 12-round IBF heavyweight championship elimination bout, former heavyweight world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (35-2, 23 KOs) goes against newly crowned USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Mo” Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs) on May 27 at the 6,000-seat Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The winner faces IBF #1 Eddie Chambers in a final eliminator.
“I actually fought Maurice Harris some years ago in the ‘Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,’ Thompson, who hails from Washington, DC, recalls. “He beat me in a three-rounder that did not go against our record. Now it’s an opportunity for me to get revenge. And I can guarantee he won’t beat me this time. I’ll stop him in six rounds or under.”
Thompson-Harris will open an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” telecast headlined by Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs) making the first defense of his NABF light welterweight title against Steve Upsher Chambers (23-1-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled ten-rounder.