Thursday, 12 July 2012

Wladimir Klitschko v Tony Thompson II

Wladmir Klitschko may well be regarded as the best Heavyweight on the planet but on this performance he did little to distill the idea of of him being one of the most boring Heavyweight champions in the history of the sport. Klitschko started the bout slowly, wary of Thompson's size and this lead to a very dull opening round. Klitschko came out for the second round looking more offensive but still didn't really do much offensively other than land one or two solid right hands. It was the right hands landed in round 2 that effectively killed any excitement the bout could have had as it scared the challenger back into his shell.

Thompson's defensive shell and mindset saw him getting through rounds 3 and 4 with out too much trouble but he was then dropped in round 5. This knockdown effectively ended the resistance of Thompson who was stopped the previous round after being dropped and on unsteady legs at the end of the bout.

These two men fought previously in 2008 with Klitschko needing 11 rounds to eventually put away Thompson who appears to have aged significantly since that bout. Whilst Klitschko didn't look his sharpest against Thompson this time around he did look significantly better than the American who simply couldn't live with the Ukrainian when he stepped on the gas.

This was the 16th straight victory for Klitschko and his 12th successive IBF and IBO title defense, he also defended his WBO, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Heavyweight titles.

Note-This card also saw the 8th professional bout of promising American Light Middleweight Tony Harrison (8-0, 8)

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