Southpaw heavyweight Tony Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Washington, D.C., told RingTV.com that he has signed his portion of a deal that would allow him to face Philadephia contender Eddie Chambers in an IBF eliminator.
A man who turns 40 in October, Thompson has scored five straight knockouts over the course of as many consecutive victories since July of 2008 when he suffered an 11th-round knockout loss to Wladimir Klitschko.
“I know that it’s supposed to be me and Eddie Chambers in the eliminator, so we’re trying to get that together. We don’t have a date,” said Thompson, who is 36-2, with 24 knockouts.
“My contract is signed and I’m ready, but we’re still trying to get Eddie to agree to the fight,” said Thompson. “Once we get Eddie on board, then we can try to can get a month and a date.”
Chambers is coming off of February’s unanimous decision victory over Derric Rossy, but was knocked out by
Klitschko in the 12th round of his previous bout in March of 2010.
The loss to Klitschko ended Chambers’ five-fight winning streak that had included two knockouts.
“We’re still talking about the fight,” said Chambers. “You realize that it’s a great opportunity to fight for the world title, but at what cost?”
Wladimir Klitschko holds the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts, and his older brother, Vitali, the WBC strap.
No American-born heavyweight has been a titlist since 2007, when Shannon Briggs was briefly WBO beltholder. In 2006, Hasim Rahman was the the WBC king, and Chris Byrd was the IBF titlist.
“I’m not saying that it’s that dangerous of a fight, because I believe that, no matter what, I’m the best that there is in this division besides the Klitschko brothers,” said Chambers.
“I just think that I’ve proven myself time and time again. For what they’re offering, financially, and the fact that television’s not really interested, it’s something that I have to think about.”