Thompson: I’m going to KO Wladimir and take his belts

By Marcus Richardson: 40-year-old Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO’s) thinks he’s got the skills to beat IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO’s) in their rematch on July 7th in Switzerland. Thomson failed miserably last time he fought Wladimir four years ago in an 11th round TKO in Hamburg, Germany in 2008. Now four years older, and even slower than he was then, Thompson thinks he can get a knockout this time.

Thompson said to “Last time I had an injury…I will complete what I missed four years ago. I will knock Klitschko out and take all his belts to the U.S.”

It sounds like a hopeless pipe dream on Thompson’s part. He did have a knee injury for that fight, but he was going to lose anyway because his shots lacked power and speed and he was eating solid right hands from Wladimir round one. By the 11th, Thompson looked groggy from all the right hands he’d eaten. In the rematch, I see it much the same way but with a lot more clinching and leaning by Wladimir. I hope Thompson’s previously injured knee is in good shape because he’s going to have Wladimir leaning all his weight on him for at least 10 clinches per round. Thompson will wear down quickly with Wladimir leaning on him, and we should see a KO by the 4th or 5th round.

This mismatch is pretty much identical to Wladimir’s recent fight against another 40-year-old Jean Marc Mormeck, who Wladimir stopped in the 4th last month. Wladimir is facing a lot older fighters now and they talk a good fight, but they lack the physical skills, talent and youth to beat him. If Thompson couldn’t hang with Wladimir four years ago when Thompson was 36, he certainly won’t be able to now that he’s 40.

Granted, Thompson has won his last five fights since then but they’ve all been against 2nd tier opposition. There have been no risky fights for Thompson, and it’s quite sad that he’s being as Wladimir’s IBF mandatory off of a win over journeyman Maurice Harris and four other 2nd tier fighters. Thompson at least should have to beat someone like Denis Boytsov to get another title shot rather than getting a another crack after five easy fights.

Article posted on 12.04.2012

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