Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tony Thompson to fight Wlad by July 15
By Michael Woods
How much, or should I say, how little, do I care about the heavyweight division?
Less than I ever have.
The Klitschko brothers' stranglehold on the division has left me cold to the class. Opponents are announced to fight the boys, and I have to force myself to follow along. Why? Because I have serious doubts that anyone currently practicing the craft can take down a Klitschko. Brit Dereck Chisora (15-2), it was announced yesterday, gets a crack at big bro Vitali Feb. 18 in Munich. Before I wrote that last sentence, I had to check Boxrec and double check which brother was fighting Chisora. They are both so far and away from the rest of the field, that I lump them together, and have difficulty differentiating them. WBC champ Vitali is the 40-2 one, the 40 year-old one, the one who is slightly less risk averse and who'd probably prevail if the brothers clashed. WBA-WBO-IBF champ Wladimir is the 56-3 one, the 35-year-old one, the one who especially infuriates me because he waits until his foe is half-dead, as Freddie Roach puts it, before he risks opening up, to try and take him out. He was supposed to beat up another no hoper, Jean-Marc Mormeck, last Saturday, but pulled out because of a kidney stone. Wlad-Mormeck will unfold instead on Feb. 3. After that, I was told yesterday by promoter Dan Goossen, who is overseeing the Super Six finale in AC Saturday, Wlad will fight Tony Thompson. Thompson, ranked No. 2 by the IBF, is a Goossen fighter who already had a crack at Wlad, back in 2008. He got stopped in round 11. Now, he's 40, and it's hard for me to see how he'll do any better. Goossen looks on the bright side. He told me that Thompson recognizes this is his last shot at a crown, and the DC fighter will be more ready mentally this time around. Goossen said he'd like to bring that fight to the DC area, where Thompson lives, if possible. The IBF asked Wlad to fight Thompson by no later than July 15.
Hey, one of these days, one of the these blind squirrels is going to find a nut, right? RIGHT??