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Klitschko dismantles Thompson in six rounds

Published time: July 07, 2012 23:00
Edited time: July 08, 2012 03:00
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine (L) punches challenger Tony Thompson of the US during their boxing fight on late July 7, 2012 at the stade de Suisse stadium in Bern. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine (L) punches challenger Tony Thompson of the US during their boxing fight on late July 7, 2012 at the stade de Suisse stadium in Bern. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

Vladimir Klitschko has retained his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title belts, sending challenger Tony Thompson to the canvas in the sixth round of the bout in the Swiss city of Bern.

Klitschko first knocked the 40-year-old American down with a big right near the end of the fifth round at Stade de Suisse.

The Ukrainian pushed the tempo and dropped Thompson again in the sixth, and referee Sam Williams had nothing left but to stop the fight.

This was a rematch of the fighters’ 2008 bout, where Klitschko needed 11 rounds to stop Thompson.

The 36-year-old’s record has consequently improved to 58 wins, including 51 KO's and 3 losses.

Thompson, who was the mandatory challenger nominated by the IBF, fell to 36-3.