By Sig Guillermo
At Berne, Switzerland- Reigning WBA/IBF/WBO/Ring World Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko (57W-3L-50KO’s) puts his titles at stake as he prepares to face top title contender and former rival, Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (36W-2L-24KO’s) in a scheduled twelve round rematch at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland.
Klitschko, 36, had previously put an end to a very game Thompson via eleventh round stoppage back in 2008 at the Color Line Arena in Altona, Hamburg, Germany. So far, Thompson has succeeded in his previous five bouts by blistering knockout and looks to carry his momentum onto foreign soil come Saturday. Klitschko on the other hand has not tasted defeat since his shocking fifth round TKO upset to former WBO heavyweight titlist, Lamon “Relentless” Brewster (35W-6L-30KO’s) in 2004 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite his heavily-criticized lackluster performances, Wladimir continues to get the job done.
Without any serious competition other than older brother and current WBC Heavyweight Champion, Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (44W-2L-40KO’s); Wladimir has been reduced to easily dispatching such prey as former WBC/WBA unified world cruiserweight champion, Jean-Marc “The Marksman” Mormeck (36W-5L-22KO’s), former WBA/WBC/WBO/The Ring unified cruiserweight titlist, David “Hayemaker” Haye (25W-2L-23KO’s), former WBC heavyweight champion, Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (34W-5L-27KO’s), former WBA heavyweight titlist, Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (29W-2L-18KO’s-1D), and former USBA heavyweight titlist, Eddie “Fast” Chambers (36W-3L-18KO’s).
Possible dream challenges which present somewhat of a threat to Wladimir’s lengthy title reign include: WBA (Regular) heavyweight Champion, Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin (24W-0-16KO’s), WBA/WBO Intercontinental titlist, Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (17W-0-11KO’s), and Irish heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury (18W-0-13KO’s). Will Thompson defy the odds and make the most of his second chance, or will Wladimir maintain his heavyweight crown in another dominating showing? Don’t expect this one to go the distance.