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, 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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