I missed this one a couple days ago, not that I was really on the lookout for news of this barnburner, but Tony Thompson got the sniffles and was told not to train anymore, so instead of Thompson facing fat, 40-year old James Toney next Saturday on Versus, it'll be "Fast" (and I really mean those quotation marks) Fres Oquendo.
Toney, nicknamed "Lights Out," hasn't stopped anyone in five years, has had two no-contests, one horrible draw, two losses to Sam Peter and a split decision win over Danny Batchelder since 2005. And steroid controversies! Oh boy!
Oquendo was last seen by anyone outside of Miami or Primm, Nevada, when he lost to Evander Holyfield in 2006, when Evander was on his super impressive comeback trail that included such dynamite victories as Lou Savarese and Vinny Maddalone.
There are three televised fights next Saturday, with HBO going live to Germany for Klitschko-Rahman, Showtime having the Holt-Torres rubber match later in the evening, and this Versus jumble in the middle. You're all forgiven if you skip Toney-Oquendo. God knows I'd love to find any reason to do so.
Oh, and I really didn't mean to make fun of or question Tony Thompson, who is a hilarious, well-natured dude. Acute bronchitis ain't no fun.