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Thompson sets sights on Klitschko

Tony Thompson is aiming to defeat WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder so he can secure a third fight against Wladimir Klitschko.

The 44-year-old American has already had two bites of the cherry in looking to defeat the current IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Klitschko in the past but lost both times to stoppages in 2008 and 2012 respectively.

However Thompson has remained in the sport and is now looking to work his way back for another title showdown with fellow compatriot Wilder who holds the WBC belt.

First he must overcome Malik Scott on Friday night before he can think about a title shot, but Thompson feels a future win against Wilder will tempt Klitchsko into a unification showdown further down the line.

"My plan is to knockout Deontay Wilder, take his belt, and use it as enticement to fight Klitschko for a third fight," Thompson said to Fighthype.

"I'm still not satisfied with the outcomes. Deontay Wilder is America's champion, but he's not the heavyweight champion of the world.

"Wladimir is the heavyweight champion of the world."

Thompson is 8/11 to defeat Scott, while his opponent can be backed at 11/10 to win the fight.

Meanwhile Klitschko will be looking to keep hold of his belts when he faces British boxer Tyson Fury in Germany on 28th November. The Ukrainian is 2/9 to come out on top, while Fury is 7/2.