Despite praising Tony Thompson’s skill, Wladimir Klitschko’s coach, Emanuel Steward, is confident in his charge’s solid victory in their upcoming heavyweight clash.
“I think this fight won’t be as difficult for us as the first meeting with this boxer,” Steward told Sportbox.ru. “Probably, the current match will be more explosive. Indeed, Thompson is the hardest opponent for Klitschko at the moment.”
Kitschko faced the American back in 2008 and took 11 rounds to knock out his opponent.
“The outcome of the match will depend on who hits more often and more accurately,” the coach stressed. “Wladimir has a great punch. He’s stronger and more accurate than Thompson.”
Klitschko’s rival is 40 years old, but Steward believes that a younger age won’t give his Ukrainian charge any advantage.
“Today, age for a boxer isn’t as critical as it used to be,” he explained. “Wladimir will soon turn 37. And [his elder brother, IBF champ] Vital is forty as well, and it’s also a good example.”
“It’s also important that Thompson didn’t have too many tough fights. Some guys leave their health in the ring at 34 or 35. But for him, age isn’t a problem. At 40, he’s still young,” Steward added.
The coach also spoke about the opponents his man wants to take on after the Thompson bout.
“I’d like us to fight with [Russian Aleksandr] Povetkin, for whom we’ve been hunting for four years now,” he stressed. “Honestly, I haven’t seen his last match. But I’ve heard that [Marco] Huck was, actually, supposed to win that one. It seems that Povetkin doesn’t match Wladimir’s level. Also, we would be interested in the bout with Chris Arreola, who’s the only American in the heavyweight’s top division at the moment.”
Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO) puts his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line as he faces Thompson (38-2, 24 KO) as the two meet in Bern, Switzerland on June 7.
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