Klitschko, Brewster Ready For Rematch

COLOGNE, Germany -- Considering the usual hype before a heavyweight title fight, Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster talked about their rematch in measured tones, showing plenty of respect for each other.

Boxer Vladimir Klitschko from the Ukraine speaks during a news conference in Cologne, Germany, on Monday, July 2, 2007.

Klitschko will defend his IBF title Saturday at Cologne Arena.

The topic of poisoning was brushed off by Klitschko, who raised suspicions of being poisoned by Brewster's camp after the Ukrainian lost to him on a technical knockout in their first fight in April 2004.

"I am not thinking of the past, there are no parallels between the two fights," Klitschko said at Monday's news conference.

Brewster didn't want to dwell on the subject.

"Between the two us, he knows and I know that I didn't poison him," Brewster said. "I was the better fighter that night."

Brewster was saved by the bell after being knocked down in the fourth round of that fight, then floored Klitschko twice in the fifth to stop the fight.

Klitschko (48-3 with 43 knockouts) won the IBF title by stopping Chris Byrd in April 2006. He's defeated Calvin Brock and Ray Austin in his last two defenses.

Brewster (33-3, 29 KOs) upset Klitschko in Las Vegas in 2004, capturing the WBO title.

The American defended it three times, beating Kali Meehan, Andrew Golota and Luan Krasniqi, but lost in April 2006 on a unanimous decision to Sergei Liakhovich.

"I don't have many words to say today, I want to thank Wladimir for accepting this challenge. Not many fighters want to fight me," Brewster said.

Both boxers said they were in great shape.

"I've waited more than three years for this fight to happen," Klitschko said.

Emanuel Steward, Klitschko's trainer, said his boxer was in his "prime."

"We are not underestimating Brewster," Steward said. "He is an old-school fighter. He is a serious fighter, he punches with both hands.

These are the two best punchers in the heavyweight division.

We'll have to be careful until the end. But Wladimir is in his prime and no fighter can beat him."

Brewster's trainer, James "Buddy" McGirt, said Klitschko showed he was a "true champion" by choosing to fight Brewster.

"My prediction is that Brewster will regain the title," McGirt said. "These are the two best fighters in the world and we are going home with the championship."

Source: AP


olechko said…
how about his political career? I was a bit looking forward to that Ukrainian Schwarzenegger effect.