Today at 5 p.m. EDT on Epix in the US, BoxNation in the UK, and RTL in Germany, Wladimir Klitschko meets Tony Thompson for the second time, defending the world heavyweight championship in Bern, Switzerland.
The fight is available on live stream in the US from EpixHD.com from 4:30 p.m. EDT, with some pre-fight coverage beforehand.
Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO) is heavily favored as usual, and doesn't figure to meet a ton of resistance from Thompson (36-2, 24 KO). When they met in 2008, Thompson lasted into the 11th round before he was knocked out by the dominant Ukrainian, and didn't really do a whole lot in the time he was in there. As Teddy Atlas put it on ESPN2 last night, the American just didn't push the envelope, and didn't take risks. He seemed content to exist and not be blown out too badly.
So the question is this: Does Thompson, now 40 and with just five fairly easy fights in the four years since he fought Klitschko, have any better a shot? Wladimir is now 36, but hasn't slowed down at all, as he's continued to plow through everyone in his path. We're now at a point where we're getting the reruns, and I can't really pretend that this fight seems like anything more than that.
Still, it's Wladimir, so it's important, and Thompson is as respectable a challenger as is out there for him. So we'll be here with live round-by-round coverage as part of our big day of