By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: July 3, 2012

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Klitschko KOs Thompson

Klitschko KOs Thompson

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Unified IBF/WBA/WBO and IBO/RING Magazine World Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) defends his titles in a July 2008 rematch with Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs). The bout will occur at Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland. More than 40,000 are expected to attend.

The bout will be the 36-year-old Klitschko’s 61st professional fight and his 20th world championship contest during a career that began in November 1996.

The last time Klitschko fought Thompson, Wladimir knocked Thompson out in the eleventh round of a very competitive fight. The 6′ 7,” 245-pound Klitschko had a difficult time landing his left-jab against Thompson, a 6′ 5,” southpaw. The difference was the efficiency and power behind Klitschko’s straight-right. In addition, Klitschko had the better footwork and was simply the more polished fighter.

Thompson was tough, but it was simply a matter of time.

At a press conference, Klitschko threw words at Thompson relating to comments the American challenger made prior to their first fight four years ago.

“I’m surprised that you’ve talked a lot,” Klitschko said. “We’ve seen each other four years ago and we fought each other. I remember before the first fight you said ‘Wladimir, I’m going to knock you out. I’m going to win this fight.'”

Klitschko added: “I heard from people that Tony Thompson was injured before the fight. A torn meniscus, or something like that. Why were you so confident to beat me, and to hit me, and knock me out when you were injured before the fight?”

It doesn’t matter. Klitschko is going to knock Thompson out again the same way he did four years ago. Klitschko continues to improve, as a boxer. Klitschko’s foot speed is amongst the best in boxing. His conditioning is top-notch. Also, Klitschko’s accuracy, speed, and punching-power is as sharp as it’s ever been.

No disrespect to Thompson because, in the last four years, Thompson has slowly remerged as Wladimir’s mandatory challenger. Thompson has knocked out his last five opponents within 9 rounds, but hasn’t fought since stopping Maurice Harris (TKO 3) in May 2011. Thompson was a career-high 255 pounds for that fight.

In the end, Wladimir Klitschko is going to punish Tony Thompson because, he can.

Has Victor Ortiz blown his opportunity?

Every now and then a fighter comes along displaying flashes of excitement, brilliance, and superstardom. But sometimes, just as much a fighter can be groomed into a particular position in the sport, a fighter can reach a point where his talent can take him all but so far.

The same can possibly be said of Victor Ortiz.

The 25-year-old from Ventura, CA was labeled as a future star in boxing. Ortiz was proudly brought along the ranks by Golden Boy Promotions behind a solid endorsement from Oscar De La Hoya.

Ortiz showed flashes of brilliance fighting on national television. Delighting HBO television subscribers, and establishing a sound fan-base. Ortiz had the look of a rock star, the charm of a high school hunk, and he fought hard. Victor Ortiz’ explosiveness inside the boxing ring resulted into his administering some serious beatings.

Unfortunately, Ortiz will not be recognized for the beatings he administered. Whether it’s unfair or not, Ortiz will be highly noted for his failures in some of the biggest moments of his career. When it was time for Victor Ortiz to overcome adversity, not only did he not rise to the occasion, but some will say….

Victor Ortiz quit!

That’s sad. It’s painful to write, but if you think about it carefully…. It may be true. The heartbreaking thing about is that I truly like Victor Ortiz for his youth, vibrancy, charisma, entertainment, and pleasantry.

Victor Ortiz is insane with his hands, but in key moments in career-defining fights, his perseverance (or lack of) has led him to abandon his skills. In June 2009, Ortiz pummeled Marcos Rene Maidana in the first round before both fighters exchanged knockdowns. Ortiz floored Maidana in the second round and took command of what was a WILD slugfest. In the sixth round, Ortiz was knocked down once again. Maidana refused to quit. He kept the pressure up and ultimately forced Ortiz to submit.

Against Lamont Peterson, Ortiz appeared to be on the verge of stopping his opponent. Although Peterson tasted the canvas early, he chose to fight Ortiz hard for the remainder of the fight. Ortiz was a bit surprised at Peterson’s resilience and nearly allowed Peterson to win the fight. Ortiz escaped with a majority draw.

Ortiz’ fight with Andre Berto changed the perception of him being a quitter. With Floyd Mayweather, Jr. watching live from ringside at Foxwoods, Ortiz displayed tons of heart and soul. Ortiz became a world champion for the first time in his career – winning the WBC welterweight title. Ortiz would lose it to Mayweather in his first defense last September.

Victor Ortiz’ bout against Josesito Lopez was supposed to have been the return of a former champion. NOT A SHOCKING DISAPPOINTMENT! Lopez proved his mettle by going after Ortiz aggressively and truly challenged his authority as the more experienced and polished fighter. However, Victor Ortiz was winning a very entertaining fight. To Lopez’ credit, he continued to counter Ortiz’ aggression with aggression of his own. Lopez refused to accept his role as ‘opponent’ and fought hard enough to win.

The left hook that shattered Ortiz’ jaw produced one of the most stunning upsets in recent boxing memory. Ortiz, who recently had corrective surgery on his injured jaw, is anxiously awaiting a rematch with Lopez.

‘K 9’ thumps Spinks – AGAIN!!

Cornelius ‘K 9’ Bundrage was simply a big guy with a big punch. With no genuine athletic ability and nothing impressive in the arsenal, he was just a club-fighter. Well, at age 39, Cornelius ‘K 9’ Bundrage has taken his limited skills to the world championship level and has made a believer out of many in the boxing community.

Bundrage, once again, stopped former undisputed world welterweight champion and IBF junior middleweight titlist, Cory Spinks last Saturday in the seventh round. Bundrage dropped Spinks several times. Spinks, recognized for his slick boxing skills, obviously wasn’t slick enough of Bundrage nearly made him cry. Bundrage, similar to their first fight, punched, and punched, and punched Spinks until he could take no more.

There is a chance Bundrage could be in line for a fight with WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez in September. Alvarez is still searching for a viable opponent: Paul Williams had a life-threatening automobile accident, Victor Ortiz had his jaw broken, and Austin Trout was rejected by the WBC recently.

Personally, I’d like to see Bundrage vs. James Kirkland.

Now that’s a slugfest worthy of our time