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EPIX Media Conference Call: Wladimir Klitschko / Tony Thompson

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Next Thursday!</b></i> <b>June 28</b><br/><b>2:00 P.M. ET / 11:00 A.M. PT</b> </p>

Monday, June 25, 2012

EPIX Media Conference Call: Wladimir Klitschko / Tony Thompson11:12 EDT Monday, June 25, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO and his opponent, top-rated contender TONY THOMPSON, will host an International Media Conference Call Next Thursday!June 28, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. They will be discussing their upcoming world heavyweight championship rematch, which will take place Saturday, July 7 at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the premium entertainment network. EpixHD.com will stream the fight live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. The telecast and the live stream will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT. Joining Klitschko will be his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and Tom Loeffler, Managing Directorof K2 Promotions. Thompson will have trainer Barry Hunter with him. Travis Pomposello,EPIX CCO and Executive Producer of EPIX Sports, will also be on the call. 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.) TO PARTICIPATE(877) 622-5621:U.S. Media(816) 650-7877:Int'l MediaConference Call ID Number:94391136 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 Bern 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. About EPIX EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a premium entertainment network available on television, video-on-demand, online and on consumer electronic devices. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium network providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood hits, classic feature films, documentaries and original concerts, comedy and sporting events on all platforms. EPIX delivers more than 3,000 titles to authenticated subscribers on EpixHD.com and on hundreds of devices including Xbox 360 consoles, Android™ tablets and mobile phones, Roku® players, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players, Apple® iPads®, iPhones® and more. EPIX is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com. Follow EPIX Sports on Twitter @EPIXsports and on Facebook www.facebook.com/EPIXsports. For EPIXJamie Colunga, 212-846-1843JColunga@EpixHD.comorSternburg CommFred Sternburg, 303-740-7746Toofred@aol.com