The judges and referee for the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Lamon Brewster World Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night, July 7, have been named. Sam Williams of Michigan will serve as the referee, and the three judges are Michael Fischer of Germany, Denny Nelson of Minnesota and Alfred Buqwane of South Africa.
Klitschko, the IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion, defends against former world heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster in “The Rematch” in the 20,000-seat Cologne Arena in Cologne, Germany. HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast live from Germany at 5:00 PM/ET and 2:00 PM/PT, and replayed 10:30 PM/ET/PT. This Heavyweight Championship bout will be televised live in Germany on RTL, as well as in over 100 countries.
In their first battle for Klitschko's WBO championship, Brewster won by fifth round technical knockout on April 10, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The dramatic battle was stopped by the referee in the fifth round. Klitschko dominated the bout, knocking Brewster down in the fourth. Brewster was saved by the bell, and recovered to score a spectacular win to take the title.
“This chance for revenge against Lamon Brewster is a dream come true,” said the 31-year old Klitschko. “He is without a doubt an extremely dangerous opponent, but I always hoped for chance to redeem myself. In the first fight, three years ago, I ran out of gas for some still unknown reason that I still can’t explain. But I am very happy to get back into the ring with Brewster.”
“I will knockout Klitschko again,” said Brewster, “and then no one will be able to say that the first win was a fluke. As fans saw in my knockout win over Luan Krasniqi in 2006, I have no problem fighting in Germany, and am happy to return there.”
Klitschko, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, has a ring record of 48-3, with 43 victories coming by way of knockout. Brewster is 33-3, with 29 KO’s. Brewster was the WBO heavyweight champion from 2004-2006. Wladimir Klitschko captured Olympic gold in the heavyweight division in 1996 in Atlanta, and is currently the longest reigning heavyweight champion.
HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast live from Germany at 5:00 PM/ET and 2:00 PM/PT, and replayed 10:30 PM/ET/PT.