Tony Thompson is back in the race in the heavyweight division, as the 41-year-old American's two stoppage wins this year over British prospect David Price have vaulted him back into contention, where he's hoping to land another world title shot sooner than later.
Thompson (38-3, 26 KO) knows that he can't credibly call out Wladimir Klitschko, but feels that if he can get a fight with Vitali Klitschko and pull another upset, that will put him in a position to avenge his two defeats against Wlad:
"I'd love to get a fight against Vitali before he retires. He's been fighting these short guys, guys he knows don't have no chance of competing against him. I'd love to fight a guy like Vitali before he retires.
"My ultimate goal is to get back to Wladimir. I know I can't call out Wlad. He's dominated me twice, so I have to do something special to make a third fight happen, and beating his brother would be special."
The full interview with David P. Greisman is very good, as Thompson discusses David Price's future, Tyson Fury ("he's a 6'9" punching bag"), his anger that David Haye will be the one to expose Fury, Bryant Jennings, Bermane Stiverne, and more.
Do you think Thompson can get back to where he wants to be? Would he have any shot against Vitali Klitschko, and do you think his renewed confidence will give him extra strength in the ring? Like a superhero or something?