OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: Welcome, everyone, to the Luis Ortiz, Tony Thompson and Sadam Ali and Jessie Vargas media conference call. These will be two exciting matchups taking place on March 5th at the DC Armory in Washington D.C.
Fresh from a stunning knockout of Bryant Jennings and obviously eager to continue his quest to be the best heavyweight in the sport, WBA heavyweight world champion, Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz will make his first title defense of 2016 when he faces former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson who is 40-6 with 27 knockouts. It will be the main event in the 12-round fight for the WBA interim heavyweight title on March 5th.
By Allan Fox: Before 44-year-old Tony Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) was found to face interim WBA heavyweight champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) on March 5, 35-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Saul “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (35-5, 28 KOs) was being considered as an opponent for the 36-year-old Ortiz in his fight on HBO Championship Boxing from the DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia.
Peter, who had twice lost to Wladimir Klitschko in the past, hasn’t fought since September 2014. Peter’s career is considered by many people to be pretty much over with. He still likely has good punching power though, and it would have been interesting to see how Ortiz would have dealt with Peter’s punching power.
“Considering who was available/willing, Thompson makes a lot of sense for Ortiz. He’s experienced, big, solid and is from DC, where fight is,” Dan Rafael said on his Twitter.
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 8, 2016) – Fresh from a stunning knockout of Bryant “By-By” Jennings and eager to continue his quest to be the best heavyweight in the sport, WBA Interim Heavyweight World Champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) will make his first title defense of 2016 when he faces former world title challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) in 12-round main event at the DC Armory, in Washington D.C.on Saturday, March 5 and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Opening up the live telecast, top contender and 2008 Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-0, 13 KOs) will face former WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) in a 12-round co-main event for the vacant WBO Welterweight World Championship.
“This fight is just another stepping stone on my path to becoming the unified heavyweight world champion,” said Luis Ortiz. “I came to the United States to chase my American Dream and fighting at the nation’s capital is a dream come true. My life is coming full circle, and I know that this fight will put me a step closer to achieving everything I have worked so hard for in my career.”
“I’m happy to be back on HBO fighting for another world title,” said Tony Thompson. “If you look at my competition and his [Ortiz], it’s not even close. This isn’t the amateurs. I’m going to use my experience as a professional to take him places he’s never been.
ORLANDO (October 31, 2015) – Malik “King” Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) won a heavyweight showdown with Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce TV Friday night from The Venue at UCF in Orlando.
Scott controlled most of the action thoughout the 10-round battle using his superior movement to control the pace of the fight. As he has throughout his career, Thompson refused to give in and scored a big knockdown with a thundering right hand in round nine.
(Photo credit: Todd McLennan/Premier Boxing Champions) By Jim Dower: In a surprise upset, 35-year-old Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) was forced to get up off the deck to defeat 44-year-old #9 WBC heavyweight Tony Thompson (40-6, 27 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV at The Venue at UCF in Orlando, Florida.
Thompson, 6’5”, dropped Scott in the 9th round with a right hand. However, Scott was able to outwork the slow giant to win a fairly easy 10 round decision by the scores of 98-91, 96-93 and 95-94.
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two time world title challenger #9 WBC Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will be ready to put it all on the line tonight in his 10 round fight against the always tough Malik Scotto (37-2-1, 13 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV from The Venue at UCF, in Orlando, Florida.
The fight is promoted by Warriors Boxing and it should be an interesting one from start to finish. The 44-year-old Thompson is nine years older than the 35-year-old Scott, but he doesn’t plan on letting age get in the way of him going out there and trying to win the fight so that he can get closer to a world title shot.
Photo credit: Andre Courtemanche/Warriors Boxing) By Scott Gilfoid: #9 WBC heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) weighed in at 263 pounds on Thursday for his scheduled 10 round fight against Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) for their fight on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV from The Venue at UCF, in Orlando, Florida. Scott, 34, weighed in at 235lbs.
263 is now a normal weight for Thompson, who previously used to weigh in the mid-240s for his fights. Thompson put on 20 pounds of flab on his frame two years ago for his fight against David Price, and he never lost the weight for some reason. Thompson is just carrying around rather than trimming it out the way that some heavyweights would.
By Scott Gilfoid: #9 WBC Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) says he’s planning on beating WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) for his WBC title, and then using his WBC belt to get a third fight against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs), who has already knocked him out twice in stopping him in 2008 and 2012.
Thompson, 44, isn’t satisfied with the outcome of those two fights, and he wants another crack at Klitschko to improve upon the performances he had the two previous times. There’s a chance that the 6’5” Thompson could be an opponent for Wilder in his next proposed fight in January 2016 or sooner.
By Tim Fletcher: 44-year-old #9 WBC heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to add another scalp to his resume this Friday night against 35-year-old Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10 round fight on free television in the main event on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV at The Venue at UCF, located behind the CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla.
Thompson can’t afford another loss if he wants to get another title shot. He was beaten last year by Carlos Takam by a 12 round unanimous decision. Thompson rebounded from the loss by defeating Orlanier Solis by an 8th round knockout last February in Turkey. This was the second time that Thompson beat Solis.
By Allan Fox: #9 WBC heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) will be fighting 34-year-old Malik Scott (37-2-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight in what shapes up to be a mismatch later this month on 10/30 on Premier Boxing Champions on Bounce TV in a fight that will take place at the Venue at UCF in Orlando, Florida.
The Thompson-Scott fight will be the main event on a card with unbeaten light welterweight Lydell Rhodes (23-0-1, 11 KOs) facing little known Sergey Lipinets (7-0, 6 KOs). Also on the card is a 147lb match between Javontae Starks (13-0, 7 KOs) and Samuel Figueroa (9-0, 4 KOs). Thompson vs. Scott isn’t exactly a great fight because there’s a difference in talent between them, and we’re still not talking about two heavyweights that appear to be going in anywhere in the division.