No stranger to stepping up to the plate with little notice, “The Iron Bull” John Doyle has been slated to replace Nick “The Goat” Thompson in his anticipated match-up with French knockout specialist Karl Amoussou.
Thompson was forced from the card after recently receiving an unwelcome gash during preparations for the bout.
“Nick was sparring very hard on Monday and sustained a cut,” explained M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) Vice President of Live Events Joe Kelly. “Nick alerted us immediately, and like a true fighter he had the cut glued instead of immediately getting stitches. He did everything in his power not to pull out of this fight and kept us informed all day. However, in the end, his doctor wouldn’t clear him to fight. It’s unfortunate but fighter safety always comes first.”
Doyle and Amoussou will face off during “M-1 Global: Breakthrough” which is set to take place on Friday, August 28 from the Memorial Hall in Kansas City.
The card will be headlined by a heavyweight match-up between Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Mark Kerr, and will also showcase an exhibition match-up pitting Fedor Emelianenko up against Gegard Mousasi.
A man many stateside fight fans may be unfamiliar with, Amoussou is a fearsome striker with a staredown that would make Wanderlei Silva proud. However, according to Doyle in a press release recently issued through M-1 Global, that thousand yard glare won’t help the imposing middleweight one bit come fight time.
“I think Karl is an entertaining fighter and a dangerous striker,” said Doyle. “I know he’s a threat. But I’m a threat to him as well. As far as his attempts at psychological warfare, I think it looks great to the fans but it will have no effect on me. I know he’s going to mean mug me at the weigh-ins and try and stare me down before the bell rings. But what he needs to understand is that I spent a lot of time growing up in Philly and Newark — two of the most dangerous towns in America. The only way I am going to be intimidated by his mask is if he brings a gun with him to the ring as well. But unless the Kansas Boxing Commission has made drastic changes to their rules since the last time I fought there, I don’t think I am going to have to worry about that.”
Doyle knows the score going in to this bout; he’s not expected to win, but as we all know, things aren’t always as they seem in the fight game.
“I don’t care about the haters,” Doyle explained. “I spent a lot of time in Philly and Rocky Balboa has a lot of sentimental meaning to me. Apollo Creed gave Rocky an opportunity of a lifetime. After I beat Richard Plug, I did a post-fight interview and said I wanted to be the best middleweight in M-1 and fight whomever they felt was their best 185′er. Well, M-1 has now given me an opportunity of a lifetime. If someone has a problem with me accepting an opportunity, they can tune into HDNet on Friday, August 28, and I’ll show them what’s up.”