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Wladimir Admits Tony Thompson Rematch is Next Move

By Ruslan Chikov

IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50KOs) has confirmed that his next opponent is going to be mandatory challenger Tony Thompson (36-2, 24KOs). Klitschko previously knocked Thompson out in eleven rounds in 2008. Since then, Thompson has won five straight, all by knockout.

After a Thompson fight in the summer, he would like to face Chris Arreola or WBA "regular" champion Alexander Povetkin at the end of the year.

"In New York, the new Barclays Arena will be opening up, and they have a great desire to [stage] a fight with one of the Klitschko brothers. We have already been approached with an appropriate proposal. The question regarding my opponent [for Barclays] is completely open. I know that in the summer I will have a mandatory defense against Tony Thompson. At the end of the year my opponent may be Arreola or Povetkin, or someone else," Klitschko said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 03-05-2012

I wonder if they'll have this in the U.S. because Emmanuel Steward mentioned on the boxing podcast a while back that Wlagimir wanted to fight here again with Arreola in mind. Since Thompson is American I wonder if they'll consider…

Comment by Mr. Invincible on 03-05-2012

[QUOTE=Dorian;11854689]At least Tony kinda put up a fight the 1st time around.[/QUOTE] I agree with this because Thompson actually outjabbed Wlad even though he got stopped with one punch and was losing badly on the cards. He is a good…

Comment by knockoutkid on 03-05-2012

Thompson just looks too slow Im sure atleast 90% of ppl thought Chambers would beat him.

Comment by Tmann400 on 03-05-2012

The one decent thing about this is Thompson put a much better fight against Wlad then anyone has of recent time. Not saying he'll win but he'll likely make it rough and ugly for Wladimir, like he did the first…

Comment by crold1 on 03-05-2012

Because so few guys are willing to do anything but hum along and wait for a mando, here's the sad truth: No one in the division right now actually DESERVES a shot or has EARNED one except Povetkin and maybe…

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