Wladimir Klitschko-Tony Thompson Rematch Set For July 7

GoosenIBF/WBA/WBO/IBO and “The Ring Magazine“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Tony Thompson (USA) at STADE DE SUISSE in Bern, Switzerland, on July 7.

Tony “The Tiger“ Thompson (40) is from Washington D.C. and the official IBF mandatory challenger. The 6’ 5’’ is a southpaw and has a fight record of 36 wins (24 KOs) and two defeats.

In 2008, at the sold out o2 World Hamburg Thompson fought against Wladimir Klitschko as the official WBO contender and lost a very close and equal fight in round 11 by KO. Since then he has won all his five bouts.

For 36-year-old Wladimir Klitschko it is his second appearance in the boxing ring after his impressive domination and title unification against David Haye in July 2011. In March, he scored a fourth round KO against former Cruiserweight World Champion Jean-Marc Mormeck at the sold out Esprit arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. The professional record of the 1996 Olympic Gold medalist Klitschko is 57 wins (50 KOs) with only 3 losses. It will be Klitschko’s 21st World Championship fight.

Tony Thompson: “I have been waiting a long time for this rematch. Last time I had an injury which I suffered in training. In Berne, I will complete what I missed out four years ago. I will knock Klitschko out and take all his belts to the US.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “Thompson is a strong and difficult opponent fighting southpaw. He has a very good technique and gave me one of the toughest challenges in my career. Through his height it is a fight at eye level and I know that he has gained a lot of confidence through his winning streak. I am looking forward to defending my titles in Bern where my brother Vitali fought in 2009 with great support of the Swiss crowd.”

RTL will broadcast the fight from STADE DE SUISSE in Bern live and exclusively in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In the US, it will be shown on EPIX. Ticket sale starts on April 17 on www.ticketcorner.ch.

Comment on this article


-deepwater :

oh boy! I cant wait for this one! give me a freakin break. These b.s. press releases are junk. Tony thompson is junk,klitcho is boring and in the end goosen will get enough money to drink all the johnie walker blue he wants.

-Radam G :

WTF! __ ___ ____ ____ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ____ ____ and (___ _)_____-_______ -_-[___]. That is what I think about this piece of ___ fight. Holla!

-brownsugar :

I don't sense any game changers in Tony's toolbox,.. even the fight-hype is more muted and respectful than before. Would have been nice if Thompson vs Chambers wasn't called off, I woulda loved to have seen what Thompson is working with these days. And now Wlaldimir is praising Thompson more than he did Mormec.... that can't be a good sign.

-deepwater :

klitco is only bullsh7ting everyone into thinking its a hard fight. its not. whenever klitco praises a fighter he is only try to convince the stupid public that it isnt a bs easy fight.in the year 2012 heavyweight boxing is boring.

-brownsugar :


-brownsugar :

But WK gets paid regardless to packed out arenas.

-mortcola :

and....who else is there? At least Arreola is supposed to happen next - at least someone with the urge to fight, and some power.

-ali :

At this point we should just eliminate the heavyweight division all together.