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Wladimir Klitschko vs Tony Thompson
Time: Saturday, July 07
Bern,BE – Stade De Suisse Wankdorf,Switzerland(IBF-PPV)
Mike Jones vs. Randall Bailey Boxers Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko [57-3-0, 50]
USA Tony Thompson [36-2-0, 24]
Weight division Heavyweight (unlimited)
Title WBA Title, IBF Title, WBO Title,
Wladimir Klitschko (36 years) is heavyweight champion of the IBF and IBO as well as super champion of the WBO and WBA. Tony “The Tiger” Thompson is the official challenger of the IBF – before the knock-out defeat in 2008, the first edition of this fight, he had not been floored by any of his previous competitors.
Big American heavyweight contender Tony Thompson has proven that he can win with sterling, 31-1, 19 KO’s, ledger but on Saturday he will face the modern day Ivan Drago in heavyweight champion Wladamir Klitschko. Wladamir Klitschko vs Tony Thompson is an intriuiging heavyweight title fight because of how little we know about Tony Thonmpson. Most in the boxing community feel that Thompson is about to be popped like Orville Redenbacher layed out in a bloody heap, but Thompson could be a problem. The 6’5″ southpaw Tony “The Tiger” has proven to be a durable DC fighter that has recently KO’d 5 of his last 7 opponents. Thompson really isn’t a heavy hitter but he is a mentally tough tactician with a decent defense. Thompson ‘s southpaw stance is a rarity in the heavyweight division and he really knows how to use his jab and defense effectively. Thompson comes into his fights in shape and he can put punches together well despite being physically limited. Their is no question that Klitschko is the faster and heavier puncher but he was KO’d by southpaw Corrie Sanders 5 years ago. While I believe Klitschko has improved since the Sanders fight, he showed his chinks in the armor in that fight. The boxing betting odds for Wladamir Klitschko vs Tony Thompson favor the champion Kitschko at 6-1.
From a Physical standpoint Emanuel Steward is sitting on a Maserati with his robot Wladamir Klitschko. The problem is, most of Emanuel’s charges have been losing of late. Despite the Hall of Fame trainer’s recent sour run, Emanuel does a fine job with tall fighters. Klitschko has no boxing rhythm to speak of but under Steward’s tutelage, Wladamir has made drastic strides on defense. With his 82″ reach Klitschko makes himself a hard mark with his stiff jab. Lennox Lewis was a more fluid athlete than Klitschko when Steward trained the ex-champ, but Wladamir has Emaunel Steward’s Kronk gym style down pat. The big knock on Klitschko’s game is that he doesn’t take a shot to the chops very well. He isn’t alone as not all fighters have a cast iron chin like a Jake LaMotta. But if you can’t hit a guy you can’t hurt him. That might be the dilemma that the tall southpaw Tony Thompson might has to deal with. Technically Thompson is very solid but his power and speed are average. Thompson is a workmanlike boxer\puncher that uses his southpaw advantage well but perhaps not good enough for “Dr. Steelhammer”. The boxing betting odds for Wladamir Klitschko vs Tony Thompson OVER\UNDER is at 9.5 rounds with the over at -185 odds.
What we know know is that Klitschko has harnessed his immense strength into legit KO power. What we don’t know in this fight is if Thompson can swallow “Dr. Steelhamer’s bombs. Thompson’s recent diet of Cliff Couser, Luan Krasniqi and Timor Ibragimov are no where near the caliber of Wladamir Klitschko. This is really a once in a lifetime step-up fight for the 36-year old Tony Thompson. It will be a tough task for the DC fighter against a prime champion in Klitschko.
The domination of the heavyweight division by the Klitschko diarchy lurches forward on July 7, when Wladimir Klitschko defends his all-but undisputed world title in a rematch with the IBF’s #1 contender, Tony Thompson. Dr. Steelhammer has what looks to be an ideal foil in the form of Tony the Tiger, because Thompson matches Klitschko in the size department, he is in no way in the same league as Klitschko the Younger.
This promises to be another easy win for the division’s top dog, but one that is at least more visually entertaining than Klitschko’s past outings. For that reason, fans craving some big man action should tune in and watch two 250-pounders slug it out.
Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs)
6’5″ tall; 81 1/2″ reach; five fight weight average: 251 lbs; southpaw; 40 years old
At this point in his career, Tony Thompson is merely a fringe contender. The guys best wins have all been over journeymen and fellow fringe contenders, such as Vaughn Bean, Dominick Guinn, Chazz Witherspoon and, most recently, Maurice Harris. Thompson has been hovering in fringe contender’s status now for almost five years, and the simple fact that the only world class fighter he has ever fought has been Klitschko speaks volumes. Given that Thompson hasn’t done anything worthwhile since losing to Klitschko in 2008 in an 11th Round knockout except not lose, one wonders why Tony the Tiger is the IBF’s mandatory challenger.
Thompson has merely above average boxing ability, and he gets by on two assets: the southpaw stance and his sheer size. There simply aren’t too many heavyweights out there in the 6’5″, 250 lbs+ league, and unlike most of them, Thompson can fight. He isn’t great, but he can fight. His sheer size also compounds the awkward advantage of his southpaw stance. Fighting a southpaw should never intimidate a competent boxer with a solid straight right, but just how many people out there — the Klitschkos included — have any practice in trying to get their footing outside of a leftie with a stride as long as Thompson’s? Even Dr. Steelhammer had some trouble with it in their first fight.
Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs)
6’6″ tall, 81″ reach, five fight weight average: 244 lbs; 36 years old
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion; Current IBF-WBA-WBO Heavyweight Champion
Dr. Steelhammer is one of the most dominant figures not just in the heavyweight division, but in modern boxing. He will almost certainly retire as a champion, and after that his legions of German and former Soviet Republic fans will debate whether he shouldn’t be ranked above Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis as the best heavyweight ever. In that context, I think only two points about the man require discussion.
His current and second reign as champion began in April 2006. Since then, Klitschko the Younger has made 11 successful title defenses, pretty much cleaning out both his own generation of heavyweights and a good chunk of the succeeding crop.
Klitschko is a Continental-style boxer-puncher with considerable athletic ability. While he has good lateral movement, his offense is straight down the pike, led by a telephone pole jab and a pile driver right. He fights from a stand-up guard (naturally, given his height), and relies on point defense and footwork instead of head movement for defense. Klitschko almost never throws the uppercut, even against guys who get in past his guard, and his left hook is powerful, but clumsy. He fights cautiously, protecting a suspect chin and gas tank.
Klitschko vs. Thompson II Prediction and Analysis
Thompson had his moments in the first fight, and tagged Klitschko about as much as anyone has in recent memory. I think much of that came from Klitschko’s frustration in dealing with someone who was both as large as himself and fought as a southpaw, and as I described earlier, that is a trickier combination than many people realize.
However, Klitschko ultimately seized control to methodically win the day, and all the reasons why are still in force. First, Klitschko is fairly graceful on his feet (especially for such a big man), and Thompson is not. While the Ukrainian might have had fits early on figuring out how to consistently out-step the practiced southpaw, he sorted those problems out. Part of the reason why is that he is a poised, experienced, confident champion. He was then and he is now. With his feet in the right place, Klitschko could use his superior hand speed and his awesome straight right to neutralize Thompson.
In this fight, Klitschko will come in having figured Thompson out. Since that was four years ago, I expect it will take Klitschko some time to put his feet and hands back together again, but not as long as the last time out. If anything, Thompson is slower and Klitschko more confident. It looks ugly for Tony the Tiger, and the American’s only real chance is to get stuck in and mix it up… but that just ain’t Tony’s style.
IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO’s) will be facing his second consecutive 40-year-old opponent in Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO’s) in his next fight in the summer in July or August. There isn’t a specific date yet for the fight but it’s going to happen and most likely in the summer barring any injuries from either fighter during training camp.
The real negative for this fight is Wladimir just fought a near 40-year-old fighter in his last bout against 39-year-old Jean Marco Mormeck in Wladimir’s 4th round TKO win on March 3rd, and now he’s following that up with a fight against his mandatory challenger Thompson.
The fight is unavoidable for Wladimir if he wants to hold onto his IBF title, but you’d have liked to have seen Wladimir face a good opponent in his last fight and then use this fight as the one against an old guy. But fighting guys that are in the 40-year-old range over and over again is dull because these aren’t competitive fights for Wladimir and he needs better opposition.
The disappointing aspect about the Wladimir-Thompson fight is Wladimir already stopped Thompson in the 11th round in July 2008 in a one-sided fight, and here Thompson is about to get another shot at a title four years later after having beaten five second tier heavyweights. The sanctioning bodies need to get better about making sure that the top contenders that they have ranked at least have beaten other top contenders before being ranked in the top five. Otherwise what you get is fighters taking the backdoor to title shots by fighting B and C level fighters to get ranked highly and then getting wiped out when they face one of the champions. Wladimir can arguably do a lot better than Thompson by facing guys like Denis Boytsov, Tyson Fury, David Price, Chris Arreola, Dereck Chisora or Robert Helenius.
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