Sadly for Thompson however his title dreams have once again come to an end thanks to Bulgarian "Cobra" Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9) who managed to dominate Thompson in a 12 round title eliminator.
The fight started well for Thompson who was genuinely competitive in the fight for the first 3 or so rounds. Although Thompson made a decent start it was also a case of Pulev seeing what the American had and whether or not there was really anything to worry about. After Pulev figured out that Thompson wasn't the fearsome fighter he had looked like against Price he managed to up the tempo and thoroughly out box, out work and out land the Thompson for the final 8 rounds taking a clear, well earned decision.
This result should see Pulev facing the winner of the upcoming bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin a bout that everyone in boxing should be tuning in to.
Remaining in the Europe, albeit in Ukraine, Yuriy Voynilenko (3-0, 2) scored his most notable victory defeating journeyman Edgars Kalnars (22-25, 13) by unanimous decision over the course of 4 rounds. This was the first time Voynilenko had been beyond 2 rounds and will take a fair bit of confidence from the decision though his power really isn't that good considering Kalners has been stopped a number of times.
In the US, Olympian Dominic Breazeale (6-0, 6) scored his most notable victory to date as he stopped the experienced Lenroy Thomas (16-3, 8) in what was his toughest bout to date. This was a second successive stoppage loss for Thomas. who may well stay away from the ring following this loss.
Breazale wasn't the only 2012 Olympian in action as Ytalo Perea (4-3, 1) was also fighting. Unfortunately for Perea he was upset as the unheralded and tough Avery Gibson (3-2-2, 1) out pointed him over 6 rounds in a notable upset.
Staying in the US there was also a stoppage victory for Mark Rideout (4-0, 1) who managed to take out Aaron Leonard (0-1-1) in the second round of a scheduled 4.