Thompson looking to bounce back

28 August 2009 – By Cormac Campbell

Ballyclare light-middleweight Willie Thompson is looking forward to getting back to winning ways on October 9 at the Odyssey Arena.

Thompson returns to action on the undercard of Martin Rogans mouthwatering rematch with Sam Sexton at the Belfast Docklands venue following an intriguing fourth-round TKO defeat at the hands of Michael Jennings.

Although on paper out of his depth, Thompson (6-1-1) took the fight to former British and WBU champion Jennings from the first bell and even looked to be on his way to victory.

However, a turnaround saw Jennings, who himself was returning from defeat at the hands of Miguel Cotto for the WBO welterweight title emerge victorious.

Speaking to irish-boxing.com, Thompson believes the fight proved he has the ability to compete in championship class.

“I didnt feel out of my depth one bit and I felt like I should have continued but that is just how boxing goes,” he said.

“I cant wait till next time. I felt like the referee was on my back a little and that downgraded my confidence and thats where I went wrong. I started dropping my hands and doubting myself.”

Now back in the gym the 29-year-old is hoping that a good performance over eight rounds will put him right back in the mix.

“The weight is coming down lovely. I cant wait.”

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