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Lamon Brewster making comeback, wants Wladimir

Lamon Brewster Wladimir KlitschkoBy Eric Thomas: 39-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster (35-6, 30 KO’s) says he’s planning on coming out of retirement following surgery on his cornea and he wants rematch against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko after Brewster gets in two or three tune-ups first.

Speaking with, Brewster said “I’m back to normal. Me and Wladimir are bonded. I’m the worst nightmare for him…It won’t be like the second fight. If I have two or three tune-ups. I’m back to break the tie. I think Wladimir needs to take that opportunity. He never wobbled me. He just hit me with jabs.”

Brewster stopped Wladimir in the 5th round in their fight in April 2004. However, Wladimir later on avenged the defeat by stopping Brewster in the 6th round in July of 2007. However, Brewster was coming off of a year layoff at the time after having had eye surgery following a war with a prime Sergiy Liakhovich in April of 2006.

Brewster’s career never really turned around for him after his loss to Wladimir. He beat a couple of journeyman fighters in 2008 and 2009, but then was beaten in his last two fights by Gbenga Oloukun and Robert Helenius.

It’s hard to imagine Brewster doing well at 39 having been out of action for two years now. He still likely has good power, but never was fast and his workrate was also a problem for him. For Brewster to be successful, he’d have to fight often and with more intensity. He might do well, but his surgically repaired eye might cause him problems once he starts getting hit and we could see him sidelined quickly.

Wladimir likely isn’t going to choose to fight Brewster again unless he becomes his mandatory challenger and beats some quality opposition. I don’t think it’s realistic of Brewster to think he’s going to get selected by Wladimir just because he beats a two or three tune-up opponents. That’s probably a pipe dream at best for Brewster.

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