Tony Thompson beats Beck, Lundy defeats Hendrix
By Jim Dower: Heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (34-2, 22 KO’s) continued with rebuilding his career by chalking up his 3rd consecutive win with a 4th round stoppage victory over Owen Beck (29-5, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the Omni New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. Using his jab, right hooks and straight left hands, the 6’5″ Thompson blasted away at the shorter 6’1″ Beck until his corner decided he’d had enough and threw on the white towel to surrender.
This was another impressive win for the 38-year-old Thompson, who was stopped in the 11th round two years ago in a failed title challenge against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. For some reason, Thompson was dropped dramatically in the heavyweight rankings following his loss to Klitschko, even though Thompson might actually be one of the top three contenders in the entire division. It’s pretty sad. Thompson a lot better than his #14 ranking by the WBC.
Unbeaten lightweight Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) defeated Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1, 7 KO’s) by a 10 round unanimous decision to capture the vacant NABO lightweight title. The final judges’ scores were 98-90, 100-88, 99-88. Hendrix was down twice in the opening round and knocked down another time in the 6th.