Tony Thompson feels doping should be allowed in sports
By Scott Gilfoid: David Price’s opponent for this Saturday heavyweight Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO’s) believes doping should be allowed in sport, although he wouldn’t ever use drugs himself for personal gain in sport. Thompson, 41, faces the 6’8” Price at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK. This part of Price’s series of 40-year-olds he’s been facing. There’s no word if Price’s next opponent will also be in his 40s as well.
Thompson said to the thesun.co.uk “I think they should allow doping, period…It’s an issue of choice…Sports is what it is – entertainment…you go to the movies to be entertained…it’s just sports.”
It is interesting when you’ve got a player in a sport like baseball that can hit 70 homeruns after juicing. It makes a pretty big difference in their power, and that definitely helped baseball during a dead period in the sport, but boxing is different. If you have a guy using drugs with a lot of power there can be a potential for someone to get hurt. That’s how I see it. It’s definitely not a good thing.
The rail thin Thompson looks totally clean, so you can’t automatically suspect him just because he’s open-minded about the subject.
Unless Thompson can find some power by Saturday, Price is going to win this fight by a KO. Thompson is just a slapper, and he doesn’t have any chance of stopping Price in this fight. He’s obviously been picked out just because of the fact that he doesn’t have any power. Thompson is one of the weakest punchers in the top 15, and you just have to figure that was a big concern in choosing him.
We’re not seeing Price matched against sluggers like Chris Arreola or his former conqueror Bermane Stiverne. It’s just careful match-making. The problem with this is it’s going to catch up to Price eventually when he’s thrown in the ring with Wladimir Klitschko or maybe even Arreola if Vitali retires and Arreola gets past Stiverne. I just don’t have much faith in Price being able to take huge punches to the head without wilting like he did against Roberto Cammarelle and Stiverne.
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