Junior middleweight contender Anthony “THE MESSENGER” Thompson will return to the ring against Luis “EL LOBO” Lopez on Saturday, May 2nd in one of the feature bouts at “FISTS OF THUNDER II” at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions.

This will be Thompson's first bout following his highly controversial loss against Ishmail Arvin
on August 15th in Washington, D.C. which was broadcast on ESPN. During that bout, Thompson suffered a bad cut in the third round from an accidental head butt, the same round in which he dropped Arvin twice.

Despite the cut, Thompson continued to dominate the bout until the commission doctor stopped the fight after the sixth round. Although the cut was initially and incorrectly ruled as coming from a punch, ESPN replays viewed by the commission clearly showed the cut was caused by an accidental head butt. Despite viewing the replay, the commission refused to change the referees’ incorrect call and Arvin was awarded the win. At the time of the stoppage, Thompson was leading the scorecards, 59-53, 58-54 and 57-55.

Said Koerner, “The loss was initially devastating to Anthony, but he’s regrouped and he’s ready to make a run towards the top of the division. It starts with Lopez who is an aggressive, crafty veteran.”

The 27 year old Thompson brings a record of 23-3-0 (17KO’s) into the scheduled six round battle with Washington state native Lopez, 14-15-1 (6KO’s). Lopez’s eight year career includes bouts against Jesse Brinkley, Peter Manfredo Jr., David Banks and Hector Camacho Jr.

Finishing up a sparring session with Philadelphia prospect Mike Jones, Thompson discussed his return.

“I was very upset when it happened but I have to get past the Arvin fight. I was close to beating Yuri Foreman in the bout before Arvin, but I had to put that in the past and move forward. Lopez is a tough rugged guy, but I’ve trained hard and I’m in great shape.”

Along with being promoted by TKO BOXING Promotions, Thompson is guided by award winning manager Cameron Dunkin.

“Chet and Cameron have solid plans for me to get right back in the mix for a world title shot this year. I plan on doing my part inside the ring” said Thompson.

“FISTS OF THUNDER II” is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, curators of the highly acclaimed national boxing series “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” and Team Taylor Made Boxing in association with Rezk Medical Supply

Headlining “FISTS OF THUNDER II” is an outstanding cruiserweight battle between the fighting pride of Johnstown, PA., Andres “TAYLOR MADE” Taylor and Philadelphia’s Simon Carr.

A full undercard will be announced shortly.

Starting at $22, tickets can be purchased in person at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena Box Office or by phone at 800-243-8499. They are also on sale locally at Giant Eagle Super Markets (Richland and West End) in Johnstown. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:00pm with the first bell at 7:30pm. The Cambria County War Memorial Arena is located at 326 Napoleon Street in Johnstown

More information on the Cambria County War Memorial Arena can be viewed on their website at

Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originator of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose and James Countryman, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweights Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Jonathan Gover, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Cortez Bey, Rolando Reyes and Terrance Crawford, junior lightweight Mickey Bey Jr., featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Delvin Plascencia, Rafael Lora and Maxwell Awaku, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela and Carlos Reyes.

Further information on TKO Boxing Promotions can be viewed at their newly remodeled website,

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