The Ring, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight king “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko battered and outclassed mandatory challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson en route to a dominant sixth round TKO to successfully defend his titles in their rematch an hour ago in front of 32,000 fans at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland.
Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs), who has triumphed in 15 consecutive bouts since being TKO’d by Lamon Brewster in April 2004, knocked Thompson (36-3, 24 KOs) onto Queer Street in the 11th round in July 2008 in Hamburg, Germany.
Unfortunately for “The Tiger,” who was employed as a sparring partner for “Dr. Steelhammer” before the champ lost in 2003 to Corrie Sanders, their first bout was far more competitive than the sequel proved to be.
The massive, and indomitable, Ukrainian hasn’t been overcome since the end of George W. Bush’s first term in office and the 1996 Olympic gold medalist has now managed to defend his belts on 13 straight occasions.
The 36-year-old Klitschko has improved with age and could threaten Joe Louis’ longstanding record of safeguarding his crowns against 25 straight challenges.
Granted, “Dr. Steelhammer” is not exactly a world of excitement to watch compete in the squared circle and he will never become a fan favorite in the United States.
Nevertheless, despite his unpopular style in the ring, Wladimir Klitschko is undoubtedly one of the greatest heavyweight prizefighters to ever grace the sport.by