Boxing: tony thompson

Schaefer slaps Main Events

March, 7, 2013
I believe boxing needs to get back on network TV to help the sport regain some of the luster and eyeballs that were lost post Ali, Tyson and De La Hoya. Many of the deal-makers in the game seem to agree, and in recent months we saw fights on CBS and NBC.

Golden Boy put on the CBS show and Main Events did the NBC show, and both companies' leaders seemed pleased with the results. Golden Boy's day-to-day leader, Richard Schaefer, talked about getting boxing to more viewers -- instead of being found solely behind the payrolls of pay-per-view, premium cable and basic cable -- on Wedneday at Barclays Center, during a presser to hype the Saturday Golden Boy/HBO show topped by a Bernard Hopkins-Tavoris Cloud main event.

Schaefer said he'd like to get more than one Floyd Mayweather fight on CBS, and brought up another fighter he thinks could draw well on the network. Heavyweight Deontay Wilder, an Alabama native and resident, would be a good fit on CBS, Schaefer said, especially if his bout was tied to, say, a 'Bama football game.

Schaefer took a mild shot at Main Events for how it chose to form an on-the-network event: "I don't mean to knock Main Events, but to just put guys on, bam ..."

Main Events presented a Tomasz Adamek-Steve Cunningham mainer in December, which actually did as well as the Golden Boy effort on CBS one week prior, headlined by Leo Santa Cruz. But Schaefer's point is that it makes the most sense to try and keep the audience, from a 'Bama football game, for example. Have them stay to watch an Alabama guy do his thing in the ring, and then maybe, if they watch a solid scrap, you have birthed a new boxing fan.

"We want to expose boxing to sports fans who haven't really watched boxing," Schaefer said.

Schaefer said he'd like match Wilder with vet Tony Thompson, who just dropped and stopped Brit prospect David Price.

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Tony Thompson to fight Wlad by July 15

December, 14, 2011
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??