By Bob Caico
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
28-year-old light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (15-2-0, 9KOs) is looking to keep his streak of three straight wins alive on the undercard of the Kovalev-Agnew fight at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night.
Thompson has not lost since September 21, 2012 when he suffered a third round TKO at the hands of Main Events stable mate Sergey Kovalev, who is defending his WBO light heavyweight title in the main event. “After the Kovalev fight I came right back and I think a lot of people are overlooking that. A lot of guys take a loss and take like ten months off. I came out and dominated my next three opponents (who were a combined 47-3-2, 20 KOs),” said Thompson.
Lionell is originally from Buffalo, NY but he is training for this fight in Manhattan, NY at Mendez Boxing. His trainer now is Billy Jiles who has him on this win streak and made some noticeable adjustments in his last fight against Ryan Coyne, “He told me I needed to keep my chin tucked and to use my jab a little bit more.”
Thompson’s ten round match-up will be against the undefeated Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (14-0-0, 10 KOs) originally of Zenica, Bosnia, who fights out of Saint Petersburg, Florida. Kalajdzic sought out this fight and exclaimed, “He is a solid fighter but he is not going to last that long with me.” That brought a chuckle from Lonnie B. “I think that is funny because he never fought anyone, he has fought 14 cab drivers but we will see Saturday night, I guarantee you he will lose.”
Thompson has two national television fights under his belt but this will be his first on HBO. “It means a lot to me. I’m ready to perform and am focused on the task at hand,” remarked the confident fighter.
March 29th features the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title showdown between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21KOs) and Cedric Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) from the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic, City, NJ. The broadcast will begin live on HBO Boxing After Dark at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
The event is presented by Main Events in association with Caesars Atlantic City. Tickets are on sale now through TicketMaster online at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone (800) 736-1420. Ticket prices are $26, $51, $77 and $152. Doors will open at 6:30 PM ET.