Tony Thompson informed Thaboxingvoice he was indeed hanging up his gloves following a 6th round KO loss to Cuban heavyweight fighter Luis Ortiz in the main event of an HBO “Boxing After Dark” this past Saturday. Thompson admitted in the lead-up to the fight that he had accepted this fight as a late replacement without any prior preparation.
After a handful of fighters had declined to take the fight, Thompson stepped up to the plate to face the man referred to as the most avoided and most dangerous fighter in the heavyweight division. To his credit, Thompson was able to find a small degree of success in the 2nd round. It could be argued that he was winning the round before being floored at the end of the 2nd. It was the second knockdown in the fight, the first came in round one, and it would only take one more before the fight was over.
It wasn’t an ideal performance to end on, but Thompson lasted longer than most predicted and he was able to leave on his terms in front of his home crowd, which he appeared the proudest of in his brief interview with TBV’s Nestor Gibbs.
“I feel awesome. You can’t ask for much better at 44 years old. I’m still sexy as shit. That’s probably it for me, homey. I got to represent the home a little bit. Let’s leave the shit alone,” Thompson said.