• Wladimir Klitschko v Tony Thompson

Klitschko stops Thompson in regulation win

ESPN staff
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Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF, WBO,WBA & IBO heavyweight world titles with a second professional victory over Tony Thompson on Saturday.

Klitschko, 36, stopped the 40-year-old Thompson with two seconds remaining of the sixth round in Switzerland to retain his collection of titles. In 2008, last time the pair met, the bout went 11 rounds before the Ukrainian emerged triumphant.

Klitschko dumped Thompson onto the canvas with a booming right end towards the end of the fifth round of the fight in Bern, and from then on it was simply a matter of time before referee Sam Williams stopped matters.

The decisive moment came at the end of the next three-minute stretch, the same punch again bringing Thompson to his knees and - despite beating the count - he was clearly too unsteady to continue.

Klitschko, who could face Tyson Fury in the near future after being called out by the British-Irish fighter, improves to a career record of 58 wins and three defeats.

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