After an eight month stint on the sidelines you would of forgiven Jordan Thompson for opting to bag in the rounds in his six rounder against the Bulgarian bruiser, Dmitrij Kalinovski. But ‘Troublesome’ by name, troublesome by nature, as Thompson yet again proved his punching power should be taken very seriously as he pommels Kalinovskij to a halt in the 2nd round of their contest.
After injury forced Thompson out of the ring over the Christmas period of 2017, getting some rounds in under his belt would have been at the back of the mind of the towering 6ft 6ins cruiserweight as he began the fight working behind a crisp jab, pumping out single shots onto an opponent which was nearly able to match Thompson in height, measuring at 6ft 5ins; but regarding quality, the Bulgarian journeyman was miles behind.
The 2nd round began as Thompson continued with the jab, this time following up and bringing the right hand into action; a looping overhand hook started to find the target. Halfway through the round it was as if the ring rust instantly shook off as Thompson upped the work rate and spite in his work as the punches started to take their toll.
Kalinovskij doesn’t get stop often, only nine times in forty-four defeats In fact, but the KO was looming as the Bulgarian was visibly unsettled with Thompson’s aggression. One more right hand finds its home to the chin of the Journeyman as he crashes to the canvas. He beats the referee’s eight count, only for Thompson to go back to work, pinning the Bulgarian to the ropes with a flurry of power punches and giving the referee no choice but to step in and stop proceedings; 2:54 into the second round. Thompson moves onto nine fights undefeated, seven contests won by stoppage.