Thompson: I'm going to take the fight to Wladimir

By Marcus Richardson: 6'5" Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO's) plans on taking advantage of his second opportunity in a fight IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO's) by taking the fight to him and trying to wear him down with pressure on July 7th at the Stade de Suisse, in Berne, Switzerland.

Thompson said this on Thursday's conference call "This is going to be a fight. I'm going to be the one to press the fight. I'm going to be the one throwing a lot of punches. I'm going to be the one landing most of the punches."

In their last fight, Thompson was the one going forward a lot of the time, and landing shots. But his problem was that Wladimir kept nailing him with lead right hands over and over again. Thompson had no defense against Wladimir's rights, and he couldn't do anything to keep from being smothered by Wladimir's clinches. If anything, Wladimir clinches even more now than he did back then, and he's likely only going to allow enough time to land a right hand before he grabs the 40-year-old Thompson in clinch to keep him from getting his shots off. This pattern will probably repeat itself all fight long until the bout ends one way or another.

Wladimir isn't going to have a toe-to-toe fight with Thompson despite having the much better power and hand speed. Wladimir won't do that unfortunately. This fight will follow the same pattern as their last one with Wladimir throwing right hand leads followed by an immediate grab to keep Thompson from firing back his own shots. It's probably going to be more than a little boring to watch much like Wladimir's last fight against 39-year-old Jean Marc Mormeck last March.

Article posted on 29.06.2012

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