Klitschko vs Thompson 2
Time: 4:30 EST/ 9:30 PM London/ 10:30 PM Hamburg
On Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, the first press conference in support of the upcoming July 7th, rematch between universally recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and IBF mandatory title challenger Tony "The Tiger" Thompson took place in Bern, Switzerland.
In what will be the second pairing of the two giant fighters, Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson will meet again in the ring almost exactly four years to the day since their initial clash at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany, which took place on July 12th, 2008.
The first IBF title opportunity for the American contender resulted in an eleventh round TKO loss at the hands of the Ukrainian born fighter more affectionately known as "Dr. Steelhammer".
Since losing their initial contest in July of 2008, Tony Thompson has won five consecutive bouts by knock-out and has patiently waited for a return bout with the Ukrainian born champion.
Thompson insists that he has thought of little else since that moment.
"Beating Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch has been the only thing that has driven me," admits the 40 year old Washington D.C. native. "Everything else has been secondary since getting stopped in front of my wife and friends back in 2008. I have one drive and one goal right now...and that is to defeat Wladimir and become the universally recognized heavyweight champion of the world."
Since July 12th, 2008, American Heavyweight Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to settle the score with ring nemesis and universally-recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs).
On March 3rd, at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, universally recognized heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) disposed of former lineal cruiserweight champ Jean-Marc Mormeck in four seemingly effortless stanzas of a scheduled twelve round contest.