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Will Thompson have a Wlad day at the office?

by Sean Goff | July 7, 2012
Tony Thompson

REMATCH: Is Thompson a glutton for punishment as he takes on Wladimir Klitschko again?

By Lee Dover | Boxing

There have been plenty of famous brothers who have ruled the roost over the years – the Baldwin brothers reigned over Tinseltown and the Mitchells were a force to be reckoned with in the East End.

However, away from the glitz and the glamour of the cameras and film reels, it has been the Klitschko brothers who have proved unrelenting in the boxing ring.

The younger of the duo, Wladimir, has the next opportunity to show just why he and his sibling Vitali have struck fear into the hearts of many heavyweight boxers over the years.

Wladimir has granted Tony Thompson the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with him in the ring in what looks to be a must-see rematch. Some people must feel that there is something in the air of Washington DC and wondering why Thompson would want to do battle with a Klitschko four years after his initial bout.

Even Wladimir has struck the first blow in the pre-match mind games , stating:

I would rather fight someone that I haven’t fought. But I have no choice, I have to defend my titles. I think that to fight Tony Thompson is not an easy job. It’s not a vacation fight, it’s going to be challenging and tough.

A tough fight it should well be, seeing as though Thompson took Wladimir through 11 gruelling rounds when the pair clashed back in July 2008.

This included six rounds of back and forth action where the bruising blows were quick and frequent and there was no clear advantage for either man.

Wladimir finally started to pick away at Thompson in the later rounds put down his American foe down in the 11th round. Paddy Power is offering 9/1 that the younger Klitschko will do so once again  in their online betting.

There is also a juicy 16/5 that the bout will not end until sometime in the final three rounds, while the 11/4 that they will go the distance has to be looked at.

If you believe that there’s going to be an epic rumble instead it’s 14/1 that Thompson will end the reign of Wladimir and gain a healthy dose of vengeance.

Thompson is certainly pumped up for the challenge, declaring:

Beating Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch has been the only thing that has driven me. 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 recognised heavyweight champion of the world.

Only time will tell this Saturday night in Bern, Switzerland around 9pm.

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