Klitschko vs. Thompson: Last Minute News, Notes and Predictions for Fight

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09:  WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko of the Ukraine addresses the media during a press conference at The Landmark Hotel on January 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Rematches tell the whole story.

Either the opponent who lost the first meeting makes changes to his game plan and comes out on top or the winner of the first meeting wins again, proving that they are the better of the two.

Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO) decisively defeated Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO) back in 2008. Now it's time to see how the scenario plays out when these two lock horns Saturday for Klitschko's WBC Heavyweight title. 

Here is everything you need to know to get your ready for this heavyweight brawl. 

Fight time: 4:30 p.m. ET

Location: Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland

TV channel: Epix 

Live Stream: EpixHD.com 



Dan Rafael of ESPN points out that Klitschko is in a no-win situation with this fight. He's right. Here is what he has to say:

"Klitschko beat Thompson once and is the heavy favourite to do it again on Saturday, so if the champ loses, it's a disaster. Even if Klitschko merely struggles, it will prompt a negative reaction. And if Klitschko wins? Well, big deal. Wasn't he supposed to?" says Rafael

Having a rematch with an opponent always favors the person who lost first. They lost before so why not take more chances? Why not be more aggressive? You already lost once, will another loss be that detrimental? 

So Klitschko has everything to lose with this fight. What is motivating him? According to Rafael, Klitschko will look to improve his performance. 

"I want to improve my performance, so I've been trying a lot of things, sparring very well," he said. "But if I would say I would knock him out again, or make a prediction - I don't want to talk too much. I will keep quiet, not promise anything, and then I can comment after the fight."

Thompson will look to reverse the outcome, according to Rafael.

"Obviously, our expectations are to reverse the outcome of our last match that we had in '08," Thompson said. "I think we prepared well. My body's strength and conditioning are coming around at the right time, and it's going to be interesting to see what we look like against Wladimir this time."

We'll see what type of performance Thompson puts on this time.



Klitschko defeats Thompson for the second time. It will be another decisive victory, one that sends Thompson packing for good.