Now it's Vitali's turn to win
Now it’s back to the other Klitschko. After Wladimir’s victory over Tony Thompson on Saturday night, Vitali has to defend his WBC title.
Wladimir retained his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles in Berne on Saturday night.
He stopped Thompson in the sixth round after putting the challenger on the canvas with a big right hand near the end of the fifth round.
The 40-year-old American southpaw never recovered. When the Ukrainian dropped him again in the sixth, referee Sam Williams gave Thompson a standing count before stopping the fight at 2 minutes 56 seconds.
After the fight, Klitschko led the 25 000 crowd in signing Happy Birthday to his trainer, Emanuel Steward, who turned 68 on Saturday.
"Tony Thompson is hard to hit, " Steward said. "He was watching Wladimir's right hand all night."
A cagey opening round was followed by a scrappy second, as Klitschko twice wrestled Thompson to the floor. Thompson briefly stepped up his cautious tactics when landing a left to Klitschko's face in the third.
But Klitschko finally landed a long, straight right in the fifth and the round ended with Thompson struggling on the ropes.
The champion cornered Thompson toward the end of the sixth, and landed punches to the head though no single blow appeared to cause serious damage.
"I got caught but I'm OK," Thompson said in the ring. "He's strong and he's world heavyweight champion for a reason."
Klitschko extended the domination of the heavyweight ranks he shares with his elder brother. Vitali will defend his WBC title against Manuel Charr of Germany in Moscow on September 8.