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Klitschko stops Thompson

2012-07-08 14:22

Berne - Vladimir Klitschko retained his world heavyweight titles when he knocked down challenger Tony Thompson in the sixth round of a one-sided contest on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Ukrainian, who knocked out Thompson when they met four years ago, extended his unbeaten run to 16 fights, his last defeat coming when he challenged Lamon Brewster for the WBO title in 2004.

Klitschko, who has won 58 and lost three of his professional bouts, holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO titles while his older brother Vitali holds the WBC title.

Thompson was never in the contest and was floored for the first time in the fifth round with a big right hook.

The American, the mandatory challenger nominated by the IBF, survived the count but looked groggy and struggled to hang on until the bell.

Klitschko wasted no time in finishing off the 40-year-old in the next round, knocking him over again with a flurry of punches to the head, prompting the referee to stop the fight.

"I didn't have a doubt from the beginning of the fight that I would defend my titles," Klitschko told reporters.

"It was really difficult to land the punches. He's very sneaky, he sees the punches, he never loses eye contact which makes him super alert.

"I felt I had the strength, speed, condition and power," he added.

Thompson, who suffered his third defeat in 39 fights, praised his opponent.

"I came up short for the second time," the American said.

"Vladimir is a great champion and his physical attributes showed in the ring tonight.

"I really feel I can beat any other heavyweight in the world, but if you can't be the champions..."

Reuters

Comments
  • Brian Heunis - 2012-07-08 14:40

    Farcical stuff! This division is the laughing stock of world boxing! Sad that these two overrated brothers will be listed as greats next to the likes of Lennox, Evander, Tyson, Holmes, Frasier, Ali!

      ralph.ellison.92 - 2012-07-08 17:05

      Just another primate worshipping white boy, whom believes everything the straight white hating sodomite media tells him. It amazes me how the sodomites can make white kids hate their own people, and want to be third world racist primates, I bet he's upper middle class, naive and impressionable !!!

      alfred.killian - 2012-07-09 11:54

      Sad, indeed, they are actually a cut above all those boxers, they are so good that they make a good boxer look ad, a excellent boxer average, so good, they make the division boring.

  • ralph.ellison.92 - 2012-07-08 17:11

    I just learned he is a older South African. He should know better,considering all the genocidal things Mandela and the rest of those thugs are doing to whites in South Africa and Rhodesia!

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