ALTHOUGH he has stopped short of making any official announcement, veteran heavyweight Tony Thompson says he is thinking about calling it a day on his 15 year career and retiring. The tall southpaw was out-speeded by Malik Scott on October 3 and Thompson largely put the loss down to his age. Now 44 and having had two cracks at the world heavyweight title, “The Tiger,” as the man from Washington D.C is known, had been hoping for a third crack at the title. But now, after suffering his sixth loss as a pro, Thompson says he may have reached the end.
“I don’t know what’s next for me right now. It might be time to retire,” Thompson said to Boxing News today.
Earlier this year, Thompson told BN how he hoped to make one last run at the title before calling it a day by the end of next year. But the loss to Scott may have speeded up Thompson’s retirement date. A good fighter with skills, power and a reliable chin, Thompson defeated good names such as Timur Ibragimov, Luan Krasniqi and Odlanier Solis (twice) and the crafty southpaw made a big impact on British soil with his back-to-back stoppage wins of a then promising and heavily hyped David Price.