By Tim Nielson: Last Saturday night, 44-yer-old grizzled veteran Tony Thompson (40-7, 27 KOs) gave it a good try to capture the interim WBA heavyweight title from Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs), but in the end the hard hitting Cuban Ortiz had too much fire power for Thompson, as he halted the American in round six at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.
Thompson had no defense for the 36-year-old Ortiz’s left hand, and he was dropped three times in the fight from that punch. Ortiz knocked Thompson down in round 1, 3 and 6. The contest was stopped in the 6th round after Ortiz put Thompson down. Thompson hurt his knee in the knockdown unfortunately. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:29 of the round.
“He is strong as advertised,” Thompson said. “It’s sad that my hometown got to see me at the end of my career versus at the peak of my career. I just think it would have been a much better fight with prime Tony Thompson, but the guy is as strong as a monster. Thanks to all the fans that came to support.”
It’s true that the Ortiz fight came at the wrong period of Thompson’s career. If he had faced Ortiz 10 years ago when he was a younger 34-year-old, then he might have had a chance in the fight. However, even then, Thompson likely would have struggled with Ortiz’s superior punching power, boxing skills and athleticism.
Thompson fought defensively from the 1st round, as he was mostly jabbing at the air and trying to keep Ortiz from lining him up for one of his big shots. Ortiz dropped Thompson with a perfect left hand in the 1st. It was a clubbing shot that hit Thompson on the side of his head. He was able to get up and continue fighting.
Thompson fought well in the 2nd round in landing some nice lefts of his own. Ortiz continued to get the better of him, however, but it was a lot better round for Thompson then the first.
In the third round, Ortiz landed a scoring left to the head of Thompson that put him down hard on the canvas. Thompson got back to his feet and was able to get out of the round only because the knockdown came at the end.
In rounds four and five, Thompson landed some nice shots to the head of Ortiz. It looked like Thompson was coming back a little.
Ortiz closed the show in the 6th round, when he caught Thompson with a left hand high on his head that put him down for the third and final time in the fight.
“I’m hungry and ready for any champion. Let’s do it,” Ortiz said. “I’m a serious guy, boxing is my job, my passion and I’m committed 100 percent. I work, I train, I spend time with my family. That’s all I do. I look to destroy my opponent in the ring and let my fists do the talking.”