Tony "The Tiger' Thompson's bid to become the oldest first-time heavyweight champion in boxing history came to a thunderous end courtesy of a man who is sure to be a first-ballot hall of famer when his career is done.
Wladimir Klitschko made sure no upset took place in the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland today when he scored two knockdowns en route to a sixth-round stoppage over the 40-year-old Thompson. Klitschko successfully defended his WBA Super World championship along with his IBF, WBO and IBO titles.
Unlike their first meeting in 2008, when Thompson had a glimmer of hope to win, no such situation took place in this one as Klitschko was dominant throughout -- not with his fists but his footwork. Klitschko was the true ring general through most of the bout until he finally landed a crushing right hand that dropped Thompson in the fifth. Thompson never truly recovered from that knockdown and Klitschko finally finished the job with a bull-rushing type knockdown in the sixth. Thompson beat referee Sam Williams's count but was in no shape to continue. The bout was stopped at 2:56 of the round.
Thompson loses for just the third time in his career and the first loss since the first meeting with Klitschko. Thompson's record is 36-3, 24 KO's. Klitschko is now 58-3, 51 KO's.