By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
According to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, an exciting heavyweight matchup between unbeaten knockout artist Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KOs) and IBF #9 Tony Thompson (37-3, 25 KOs) could happen in the next couple months. Schaefer apparently wants to match the two Americans in a CBS televised boxing event in order to showcase Wilder in front of a national audience against the toughest opponent of his young career. In regard to CBS, Schaefer said to the New York Fight Blog at ESPN: “We want to expose boxing to sports fans who haven’t really watched boxing.”
Thompson is coming off a shocking upset win over another unbeaten prospect in Englishman David Price last February. Regarded as a huge underdog, Thompson, who had lost his last fight to World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko by TKO, knocked Price out cold in the second with a left hook that silenced the cheering hometown-crowd of the unbeaten Brit in Liverpool. The 41-years old “Tiger” from Washington has fought and beaten proven fighters such as Maurice Harris, Chazz Whiterspoon, Luan Krasniqi or Timur Ibragimov. Two of his three defeats came at the hands of Klitschko in world title efforts.
Wilder, on the other hand, turned pro in 2008 after capturing an Olympic Bronze Medal in the heavyweight class at the Beijing Olympics. “The Bronze Bomber”, at age 27, has since won all of his 27 bouts by knockout, albeit against much lesser opposition. In his last outing in January, he stopped journeyman Matthew Greer in two rounds. It is safe to say that Thompson would be the biggest test Wilder has faced as a professional prizefighter as of now.
If Schaefer’s plan comes off and Wilder and Thompson will face each other in the ring, it will mark an important day in American heavyweight boxing. Wilder could prove that he is a serious contender for the heavyweight crown. Should he lose to Thompson, though, the “Tiger” would remain the top dog of American heavyweights. A top dog who, despite being a solid fighter and a threat to every other big guy out there, has lost twice already to the reigning champ.