Tony Thompson Biofile Interview

By Scoop Malinowski
First memory of boxing: Watching Sugar Ray Leonard fight as a kid.
Boxing inspirations: My family.
Hobbies/interests: Golf, bowling, basketball, football, reading, Animal Planet.
First job: Delivering newspapers, paperboy.
Current car: 2008 Cadillac SRX.
First famous boxer you met or encountered: Sugar Ray Leonard at the first season tryouts for The Contender in Washington DC.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Butter pecan.
Greatest sports moment: Walking out the tunnel for the first championship fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
Most painful moment: Losing the first fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
Favorite boxers to watch: Sugar Ray Leonard, Ali, George Foreman, Diego Corrales, Micky Ward, Arturo Gatti, Floyd Mayweather, Lamont Petersen.
Funny boxing memory: Hearing my wife yell at any match ‘Hit’em baby!!!’ I’m thinking: What do you think I’m trying to do [smiles].
Strangest fight or opponent: Scott Jones was one of the toughest guys. To look at him you wouldn’t think he was that tough. He was known as ‘The Fighting Mailman’, he had a losing record. I think this was my fourth of fifth fight.
Embarrassing boxing memory: I don’t get embarrassed.
Last book read: Ring Magazine.
Why do you love boxing: Helps to take care of my family, provide for my family.
Toughest opponent: Wladimir Klitschko, he is well-disciplined.
Funniest boxers you’ve encountered: Myself [smiles].
Favorite sport outside of boxing: Football, basketball, golf.
Three athletes you like to watch & follow: My son Charles Thompson. Tiger Woods, and RG3.
Childhood dream(s): To be the left defensive end for the Washington Redskins.
Pre-fight feeling/mindset: Excitement. Mindset is: I’m the best in the ring and I can’t be beat.
Hardest puncher you faced: Wladimir Klitschko.
Last vacation: Dominican Republic two years ago.
People qualities most admired: Loyalty, honesty, Individuality.
DOB: October 18, 1971 (age 44), in Washington, D.C.

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