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Klitschko vs. Thompson: With Bizarre 2012, an Upset Is Not out of the Question

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Mick AkersAnalyst IJuly 7, 2012

Although Wladimir Klitschko is a huge -3000 favorite (per Bovada Sports Book), with how strange the action in the ring has been so far this year in boxing, it wouldn't be surprising if Tony Thompson scored a monumental upset on Saturday over the reigning heavyweight champ.

So far this year, we have seen multiple fights canceled due to failed drug tests, seen Manny Pacquiao lose his first fight in seven years and saw Josesito Lopez pull off a big upset over Victor Ortiz.

Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) taking a loss—which would be his first since 2004— against Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) on Saturday would be right up there with Pacquiao suffering a defeat, only making 2012 an even stranger year.

This is the second go-round for Klitschko and Thompson, and if Thompson can give all he has as he did in their first bout back in 2008, then anything is possible.

The now 40-year-old Thompson fought hard through 11 rounds in the first bout, but was eventually stopped by Klitschko in that 11th round and was found to have a torn meniscus after the bout.

Coming in with a great deal of confidence (per USA Today), Thompson will have more than the +1100 odds that are placed on him, as he felt he could have won the bout if it weren't for the torn meniscus.

Klitschko is coming into the fight weighing 249 pounds—eight pounds heavier than the last time he met Thomson—which means he will be slower, but will have more power behind his "steelhammer" fists.

Thompson will have to try and take Klitschko into the latter rounds and go in for the kill, as a heavier Klitschko means Klitschko will not have the stamina that he usually does as the bout progresses.

A true, "Rocky" moment could take place on Saturday if Thompson is able to continue what has to be one of the strangest years in boxing in quite sometime and take down the Goliath they call Wladimir Klitschko..

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