American challenger Tony Thompson says he fought Wladimir Klitschko like ‘an idiot’ when he was knocked out in the 11th round of their world title fight at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany back in 2008.
Since the painful loss to Klitschko the 40 year-old southpaw, has rebuilt his career by winning five straight fights by either knockout or stoppage to earn a rematch with the WBA/IBF/WBO and IBO heavyweight champion.
And when the American, from Washington, District of Colombia, does face Klitschko at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland on July 7, he has promised to fight a much smarter fight and not walk in in straight lines to provide an easy target like he did in the first fight.
“You’d be an absolute idiot to stay in a straight line with him,” Thompson told washingtonpost.com at a media workout on Monday. “And that’s exactly what I was. I was an idiot.
“Before the first fight you wouldn’t see me jumping rope. You wouldn’t see me bouncing around. As a fighter, you’re taught to train through and run through those things. It was a mistake.”
Second around trainer Barry Hunter has a different game-plan in a bid to take Klitschko out of his normal domineering comfort zone
“The name of this game isn’t, ‘Knock you out. If it happens, it happens,” said Hunter. “This is a boxing game. This game is not won on physical capability a lot of times but based on intelligence. We have to be smarter this time”.
June 26, 2012