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 Last update:  7/7/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Klitschko-Thompson 2: The Trainers Prediction Roundtable
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by David P. Greisman

Ronnie Shields (Thompson): Ive been thinking about this fight for a little bit now. When I saw the first fight, I realized that Thompson you know he sparred with Klitschko before, he knows him, he probably got the best of him in sparring, but with the big gloves on and everything its like a fake confidence that you get when you fight. And then when he fought him, he found out that it was a different story.

But I think this time he realizes its one thing: Theres a whole big difference between training with somebody and actually fighting him. I think hes going to learn more from that than Klitschko probably did from the first fight. I pick Thompson by close, close split decision. He sparred with him before and then he fought him. I think Klitschko is going to be really confident; he stopped him late. But I think Thompson, I really just think that hes an awkward southpaw. He really is.

But I think his confidence wasnt as high. When the fight started, I could see little by little that Klitschko took his confidence away. I think he learned more fighting him that fight than Klitschko, whos thinking hes going to fight the same guy that he fought last time. I just think its going to be a different scenario just time. I just think Thompson, hes really learned a lot, the mistakes that he made in the first fight. He knows he cant repeat those mistakes. I just really think that Klitschko is going to take him really lightly. I dont know that. But I really feel that, reading some of the things hes saying about the fight. I just think hes overlooking Tony Thompson.

Sam Garcia (Klitschko): I think Klitschko has a repeat performance. I just think hes good, too big and too strong. Tony Thompson is a solid heavyweight contender, but I just think that theres nobody that can really compete right now with the Klitschko brothers. I have Klitschko by knockout. Id say a seventh, eighth round knockout. Thompson may be a little more cautious because of the punching power, but I think Klitschko will eventually get him.

John Scully (Klitschko): Ill go with Klitschko by unanimous decision. Tony knows how to fight him better, but so does Klitschko.

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (Klitschko): Klitschko, knockout, because he knocked him out the first time. Im not saying that Tony Thompson is a bum. Im just saying if I was Wladimir Klitschko or Vitali, if I knock you out one time, I knock you out again, no problem. I think that much of Wladimir Klitschko. He has all the attributes to remain champion: height, reach, power with both hands, and he knows how to fight in basic European style.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at fightingwords1@gmail.com

Tags: Wladimir Klitschko , Tony Thompson , Klitschko-Thompson , Klitschko vs Thompson



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