AS he enters the final stages of an eventful career which has encompassed two world title shots, several big upset victories and a drug ban – from the British Boxing of Board Control – Washington DC heavyweight Tony Thompson is seeking one or two notable triumphs on which to say farewell. Having twice stopped David Price on British shores – testing positive for the diuretic and masking agent, hydrochlorothiazide, after the rematch – the 18-month suspension handed out to Thompson has not dissuaded the 6ft 5in southpaw from boxing in the UK and he has his sights set on one hot prospect in particular.
“There’s a few fights I need to get out of my system before I retire, including Anthony Joshua,” Thompson told Boxing News. “First of all, I love England, how passionate the fans are over there, I love the boxing scene in England, period. Secondly, Joshua is the heavyweight scene in England right now. What better way for me to go out than by taking out the two biggest UK hopefuls before I leave boxing?
“I think he’s a great talent, I know he’ll be a great heavyweight champion someday but right now I see plenty of flaws I can take advantage of. It’s a winnable fight for me. If they [Joshua’s team] are looking to fight me it better be to test their guy to the fullest because that’s what’s gonna happen. People are scared to death of me still, they could have had this fight sooner if they wanted to. We’re gonna have to see what balls Joshua and his team got.”