A published report surfaced today making the claim that a match between James Thompson and Jon Murphy has been confirmed for EliteXC’s next major show on Nov. 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
While FiveOuncesOfPain.com has confirmed that there have been discussions for Thompson to appear on the card, we can report that Murphy has not been signed as an opponent.
When contacted by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, Murphy indicated that no one with EliteXC has contacted him about the possibility of fighting Thompson. He went on to add that he’s currently suffering from a serious shoulder injury and does not believe he’d be able to take the match even if it is offered.
Murphy went on to indicate that a match with Thompson is one he’d welcome in the future and that he hopes it’s a bout available to him once he’s healthy again.
The same report that claimed Murphy would be fighting Thompson also stated that Murphy defeated Scott Bickerstaff at XFO 20 on Oct. 9. That report is also not entirely accurate. Murphy’s last fight was on Aug. 25 on a ShoXC card when he defeated Dave Huckaba via knockout at 0:19 of round 2. The fighter who fought Bickerstaff is a different fighter with the same name that competes in a different weight class.
It will be interesting to see if Thompson is in fact added to the card. Kimbo Slice confirmed to us several weeks ago that Thompson was a candidate to be his first opponent in EliteXC but Mike Bourke was eventually signed to fight Slice, whose birth name is Kevin Ferguson.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com contributing writer Matt Kaplan spoke with EliteXC live events president Gary Shaw on Monday during the M-1 Global press conference in New York and Kaplan reported that Shaw hinted at another big name being added to the Nov. 10 show. The fighter Shaw was hinting at could be none other than Thompson.