Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will be looking to cap off his successful career with his 50th professional victory against veteran Ross “The Boss” Thompson (27-14-2, 17 KOs) in the main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Quest for 50″ event on May 29 at the “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. With the Horseshoe Casino just 20 minutes outside of his birthplace of Chicago, it’ll be a rare opportunity for Griffin to fight in front of his hometown fans – something he rarely did during key moments of his 17 years in professional boxing.
Griffin has been away from boxing for over two years, but figures to defeat Thompson, who has dropped seven of his last eight.
“After I beat him, I’m in the situation where if I get offered something worth taking, I would love to continue fighting, but I’m not here to let these young guys make a name off my name,” said Griffin. “If you’re not fighting in a neutral site, that’s what’s happening. To me, boxing is getting worse and worse. I read last week that Fres Oquendo fought Mormeck in France and they had it 9 to 3 for Fres and he didn’t get the decision. It’s a dirty game. If you don’t get the knockout, you’re going to lose. It’s even being done on national television now. I heard Beibut Shumenov (whom Griffin says he suffered a controversial defeat to) fought on ESPN not too long ago and he lost and they gave him the decision.”
Griffin has promised to give a dominating performance and hasn’t ruled out calling it quits afterward.
“Not too many fighters can say they fought in the Olympics and were a world champion,” he stated. “My goal is to retire with fifty wins. Even though Oscar De La Hoya got more fanfare than me, I’m proud to say I have more wins than any member of the Olympic team in 92. I want fifty for the even number. It’s on the poster, my quest is for 50. I can retire without any questions asked.”