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 Last update:  3/4/2012       Read more by Ruslan Chikov         
   
Wladimir Admits Tony Thompson Rematch is Next Move
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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.

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



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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 it.

comment by Mr. Invincible, on 03-05-2012
[QUOTE=Dorian]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 fighter and would probably beat everyone else in the division n...

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 time. Evidently in the first fight he evidently was fighting with a torn meniscus, whic...

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 Fury. One doesn't seem to want it and the other readily admits he's not quite ready. Ch...

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