The Ring, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight king “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against mandatory challenger Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in a rematch later this afternoon in front of 30,000 fans at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland.
Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs), who has triumphed in 14 consecutive bouts since being TKO’d by Lamon Brewster in April 2004, knocked Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) onto Queer Street in the 11th round in July 2008 in Hamburg, Germany.
“First of all, I didn’t pick him out. I have to fight him to defend my title,” said Klitschko, 36, who used “The Tiger” as a sparring partner before his 2003 loss to Corrie Sanders. “Tony Thompson, I give him respect for fighting his way back to the mandatory position. I’ve seen some of the fights where he was always mentioning my name and wanting the rematch. He says he didn’t do in the first fight what he says he will do in the second fight.”
The massive, and indomitable, Ukrainian hasn’t been overcome since the end of George W. Bush’s first term in office and the native of the District of Columbia barely has a punchers chance to escape from the squared circle victorious.
Mike Cappiello, who earned the New England super featherweight title in 1990 and finished his professional career with an impressive record of 33-6, actually believes the 40-year-old Thompson could upset the 1996 Olympic gold medalist.
“Wladimir Klitschko can be beat,” said Cappiello, who once fought for the flyweight title and retired with an impressive mark of 33-6. “He is always fighting on the outside because he knows he doesn’t have a solid chin.”
Obviously, considering “Dr. Steelhammer” has already been trumped on three occasions, he “can be beat.”
Nevertheless, Wladimir Klitschko has improved with age and, four years after first getting battered, Tony Thompson is approximately three-hours away from suffering yet another beating.by