WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO vs. TONY THOMPSON II

LIVE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

MAKES AN EPIX RETURN IN JULY!

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO vs. TONY THOMPSON II

SATURDAY, JULY 7

ALEXANDER POVETKIN vs. HASIM RAHMAN

DEREK CHISORA vs. DAVID HAYE

SATURDAY, JULY 14

EPIX SNAGS EXCLUSIVE U.S. RIGHTS

FOR LIVE TELECASTS ON TV

AND ONLINE AT EPIXHD.COM

NEW YORK (June 20, 2012) — Heavyweight championship boxing makes an EPIX return next month with
America’s latest line of offense!  World champions WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO and ALEXANDER
POVETKIN
will defend their titles on Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 14, respectively, and both fights will be
televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service.  EpixHD.com
will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans.

Klitschko,
the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super heavyweight / International Boxing
Federation (IBF) / World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion, will
battle top-rated contender TONY
THOMPSON
at Stade de Suisse, in Berne, Switzerland, in a rematch of their
2008 fight.

 

Povetkin
will risk his undefeated record and WBA heavyweight crown against former
two-time heavyweight champion and current No. 1 contender and mandatory
challenger HASIM RAHMAN.  The July 14 telecast will also feature an
all-British heavyweight war between former two-division world champion DAVID HAYE and one-time heavyweight
title challenger DEREK CHISORA for
the vacant WBA Intercontinental heavyweight title.  Both fights will take place in the
West
Ham Football Club’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in London.

 

You
don’t have to look any further than this press conference encounter to see where
the bad blood began which led to the making of Haye vs. Chisora – check out the
video on the EPIX YouTube
page.

These
six gladiators boast a combined record of 207-17-2 (163 KOs) – a 92% winning
percentage and a 79% victory by knockout ratio.

 

As
has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned
simulcast of this world championship rumble on its jumbotron in Times Square in
New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th
Sts.) 

 

“Tony
Thompson gave me one of my toughest fights when we fought the first time, back
in 2008,” said Klitschko.  “In this
rematch, I will show the world that I have only gotten better and plan to
successfully keep all of my titles.  The
soccer stadium in Berne is beautiful and this will be a great event with over
30,000 people in attendance.  I always
get so much energy when so many fans are in the large stadiums to watch me
fight.  This will be the sixth fight in a
row that I have fought in a soccer stadium and I am happy that EPIX is
broadcasting this event live in the US.”

 

“I’m
delighted that my fight against David Haye will be live on EPIX so that my fans
in the US will get to see me knock him out,” added Chisora.  “This is a huge fight in Europe and has taken
over all the media coverage and will get bigger and bigger as we get closer to
the night.”

 

“EPIX
is very pleased to continue its exclusive live U.S. telecasts of championship
boxing.  The fireworks displayed by the
recent Froch vs. Bute super middleweight championship has continued to produce
excitement for U.S.-based fight fans and audience growth for the EPIX Sports
boxing series.  It was the perfect
follow-up to our unprecedented heavyweight championship trilogy, which featured
Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin successfully
defending their world titles over three consecutive weeks earlier this
year.  And here we are again with
Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin once again defending their titles in
consecutive weeks on EPIX,” said Travis
Pomposello
, EPIX CCO and executive producer of
EPIX Sports.

 

Klitschko
(57-3, 50 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine, is a two-time world heavyweight champion.  Wladimir began his first title reign in 2000
when he captured the WBO heavyweight title via a unanimous decision over
defending champion Chris Byrd. Byrd suffered two knockdowns in that battle.  Klitschko’s two-year title reign included
five successful defenses – all by knockout – before losing the belt to Corrie
Sanders in 2003.  Klitschko returned to
the world championship throne in 2006, this time as IBF champion, when he
dethroned Chris Byrd in a title rematch.
This victory was even more emphatic than the first one with Klitschko
stopping Byrd in the seventh round.
Since that fight, Klitschko has taken on and defeated all comers while
unifying the title with victories over WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov, and WBA
champion David Haye.  He enters this
fight riding an eight-year, 15-bout winning streak.  His most recent victory was a fourth-round
knockout of former two-time world champion Jean Marc Mormeck, on March 3, which
was televised live to the U.S. by EPIX.

 

Thompson
(36-2, 24 KOs), from Washington, D.C., is a power-punching southpaw who is ready
to give Klitschko his Berne notice when they meet again for the title.  Thompson earned his first world title shot
with Klitschko by stringing together an eight-year, 27-bout winning streak,
which featured victories over top-rated contenders Luan Krasniqi, Timur
Ibragimov, Dominick Guinn, and Vaughn Bean.
Though unsuccessful in his challenge of Klitschko, Thompson gained
valuable experience and a hunger for another world title fight.  Since losing to Klitschko in 2008, Thompson
has returned to the top of the IBF ratings by winning his five subsequent fights
– all by knockout – including stoppages of Chazz Witherspoon and Owen
Beck.

Povetkin
(24-0, 16 KOs), of Russia, captured the vacant WBA heavyweight title last
August, winning a gutsy unanimous decision over former WBA heavyweight champion
Ruslan Chagaev, who entered the fight as the No. 1-rated contender. Povetkin,
the 2004 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, has an impressive resume which
includes a knockout victory over former two-time heavyweight champion Chris
Byrd, and unanimous decision victories over one-time heavyweight title
challenger Eddie Chambers and former U.S. Olympians Jason Estrada and Larry
Donald.  Povetkin enters this fight
having won four of his last seven bouts by knockout, including his December 3
title defense, an eighth-round stoppage of Cedric Boswell.  Povetkin, who has had all of his heavyweight
title fights televised live in the U.S. on EPIX, returns to the ring fresh from
successfully defending his championship belt, via majority decision on February
25, against WBO cruiserweight Marco Huck, ending Huck’s four-year, 15-bout
winning streak.

 

Rahman
(50-7-2, 41 KOs), of Baltimore, MD, has fought nearly every notable heavyweight and is
certainly no stranger to fighting for the world heavyweight championship. In
fact, he is the last American to hold a heavyweight title belt. The highlight of
his career came in 2001 when he knocked out defending champion Lennox Lewis in
the fifth round to capture the heavyweight title.  After losing the title in the immediate
rematch later that year, Rahman was able to fight his way back into contention
where he regained the WBC heavyweight title in 2005 via a unanimous decision
over Monte Barrett.  After losing the
title to Oleg Maskaev in 2006 – the last time an American has ever worn a
heavyweight champion belt – Rahman has won nine of his last 11 bouts, eight by
knockout, with the lone blemishes being a TKO loss to heavyweight champion
Wladimir Klitschko in 2008 and a No Contest to three-division world champion
James Toney.

 

Chisora
(15-3, 9 KOs), of London, returns to the ring on the heels of his two most
notable fights. Last December, in a fight that was televised live in the U.S. on
EPIX, Chisora, an underdog fighting outside his native United Kingdom for the
first time, out-boxed undefeated No. 1 heavyweight contender Robert Helenius
over 12-rounds in his native Finland only to have the judges return a narrow
split decision victory to Helenius to the outrage of fans and media alike.  Based on that performance, Chisora, the
former BBBoC British heavyweight champion and Commonwealth (British Empire)
heavyweight champion earned a title shot with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali
Klitschko on February 18, also televised live to the U.S. on EPIX.  Though he lost a unanimous decision, it was
the first time in nearly two years that Klitschko had been forced to go the
distance.  Chisora’s professional resume
boasts consecutive knockout victories of Danny Williams and Sam Sexton, who had
a combined record of 54-9 when he defeated them in 2010.

 

Haye
(25-2, 23 KOs), of London, captured his first world title in 2007, knocking out
defending WBC/WBA cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck in the seventh round.
He added the WBO crown to his war chest in his first defense, a second-round
pasting of Enzo Maccarinelli the following year. He vacated the titles to move
up to the heavyweight division and in only second fight as a heavyweight
dethroned WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, via majority decision.  He successfully defended the title twice,
knocking out former two-time heavyweight champion John Ruiz and 2000 Olympic
gold medalist and fellow countryman Audley Harrison in the ninth and third
rounds, respectively, both in 2010.  Haye
lost the crown last July, losing a unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in a
title unification fight.  Haye’s fight
against Chisora will be his first since that loss.

 

About
EPIX

 

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