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Repeat or Revenge?

This coming Saturday, on HBO’s World Championship Boxing, the IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko, and Lamon Brewster, the former WBO Heavyweight Champion, will face off for the second time.

This coming Saturday, on HBO’s World Championship Boxing, the IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko, 48-3, 43 KO’s, and Lamon Brewster, 33-3, 29 KO’s, the former WBO Heavyweight Champion, will face off for the second time in a scheduled 12 round heavyweight championship bout at the Kölnarena in Cologne, Germany. In their first match both fighters met for the vacant WBO Heavyweight Title in April 2004, which Lamon won via a dramatic fifth round TKO.

That loss was one the three losses Wladimir endured, one that he sounds very eager to avenge this time around. With his win over Samuel Peter, a remarkable triumph over Chris Byrd, which earned him a world title again and two successful title defenses against Calvin Brock and Ray Austin, Wladimir Klitschko is considered by many to be one of the strongest heavyweights if not the best today. Those wins have proven that he along with his trainer Emanuel Steward have given new momentum to their game plans.

Lamon Brewster, however, after he defended his WBO Title three times, suffered a loss that cost him his title to Sergei Liakhovich. During that bout, Lamon Brewster suffered an eye injury that led to a recovery layoff.

During different press conferences leading to their upcoming fight, Lamon Brewster expressed his deep gratitude for being offered a great opportunity of fighting for a world title, an opportunity he wants to seize in order to prove that his first victory over Wladimir was not a fluke. He also stated that his layoff helped him set new plans for his boxing career and has worked hard for a successful return in the ring.

Taking a fight in Germany isn’t new to Lamon, who, on September, 28, 2005, in Hamburg, Germany, in his third WBO Title defense, was involved in a hard fought and exhausting battle in which his relentless pressure helped him score an eighth round TKO over Luan Krasniqi to return his title at that occasion.

This time around in Koln, Lamon Brewster appears to be expecting to bring his combative mood against Wladimir, who has been active while he was off-duty.

In their last press conference held last Monday, both camps expressed their optimism going into this bout. Emanuel Steward, Wladimir’s trainer, who, on July, 7, will celebrate his sixty-third birthday, sees his fighter stand a chance of scoring a knockout over Lamon Brewster.

On the contrary, Buddy McGirt, Brewster’s trainer, sees Lamon repeating his prior feat with a fifth round knockout.

The fact that Wladimir and Lamon agreed that each one has become more skilled and experienced this bout promises to be a highly competitive that many believe will end with a knockout.

In other action, the vacant EBU Light Middleweight Title will be decided as Zaurbek Baysangurov, 15-0, 12 KO’s, will square off against Hussein Bayram, 24-2, 13 KO’s. The WBO/NABO Cruiserweight Title will also be on the line as Jonathon Banks, 16-0, 12 KO’s, takes on Gustavo Enriquez, 15-7, 12 KO’s.

RSR as well as the HBO Sports broadcast team will be ringside for the event this Saturday where it will be decided: Repeat or Revenge?

 

By Robert T.Tubajiku

Ringside Report, July 5, 2007

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