Klitschko’s retiring will revitalize heavyweight division

Brothers of Destruction
Brothers of Destruction

The moment the dominant giants known as the Klitschko brothers retire from the sport of boxing is the day the heavyweight division begins its march back towards relevance.

I don’t mean that negatively towards the brothers Klitschko, I mean it as a compliment. They have been dominant for so long (Wladimir hasn’t lost since 2004, Vitali since 2003) that they are all anyone can think of at the mere mention of the heavyweight division. They have crushed all competition and they have beaten anyone and everyone that has stepped into the ring with them over the last 8 years.

The moment that both brothers are retired, I think, will be the beginning spark that is needed to bring the division back into being relevant.

Remove the Klitschko’s and you now have a very level playing field with multiple challengers for the right to be called the best  heavyweight in boxing.

It may seem bleak thinking about the division without the two, but it’s really just a beginning. A beginning of a new era where there is no dominant figure, where there’s basically a level playing field.

Assuming Vitali retires later this year and Wladimir sometime in 2014 there will still be a good group of fighters available to pair up and have exciting fights.

Seth Mitchell, Johnathon Banks, Tyson Fury, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, David Haye, Chris Arreola, etcetera all will clamor for their piece of the heavyweight crown.

After the Klitschko’s are gone it goes from a division of two to a division of many.

Klitschko-Chisora, Rios-Gamboa, NBC Sports Network more…

At least Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s)emphatically signed his death warrant.

By slapping Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s)in the face during their “stare down”, Chisora all but guaranteed he will be KO’d. Chisora has made repeated claims of how he is going to knock out Vitali in their bout scheduled for tomorrow (Feb 18, Epix & EpixHD.com). Yet a much more accomplished fighter (and better power puncher) in Lennox Lewis all but hit him in the face with a sledgehammer and Vitali didn’t even get shaken.

Since the fight is tomorrow I’ll go ahead and throw my official prediction out there;

Chisora doesn’t have nearly enough experience, size, or punching power to do the damage necessary. Vitali will throw that thunderous jab and wait until Chisora opens himself up, allowing Vitali to exploit that opening and turn it into a barrage of unyielding power punches.

Vitali Klitschko by 5th round TKO.

The upcoming boxing schedule just got a huge shot in the arm as HBO announced Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO’s) vs. Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO’s) for April 14. I should have listed this fight on my Fight Fights Wishlist post, just a gross oversight on my part. Continue reading “Klitschko-Chisora, Rios-Gamboa, NBC Sports Network more…”

HBO World Championship Boxing, 9.10.11 (Part 1)


"Battle of the XXI Century"...not quite.

Tomasz Adamek vs. Vitali Klitschko
From Wrocław, Poland for the WBC heavyweight title

The fight went just about how you’d imagine.

Coming in I thought for Adamek to have even a punchers chance he would have to open it up and just let the punches fly. In the first round he did no such think and it appeared as if he was content to just take his beating, collect his check and be on his way.

Then round two began. Even though this was the most dangerous approach (and sure to end poorly for him) for him, Adamek let the fists fly. It wasn’t going to realistically change the outcome of the fight, but it was going to at least make it worth watching. At least more so than that dreck of a fight between Vitali’s brother Wladimir and David Haye.

The story for this fight was Vitali’s jab (which could second as a straight right for anyone else). He consistently jammed it into Adamek’s face and by the time the ref stopped the fight in the 10th his nose was a bloody mess.

Rounds 1 through 10 were almost near carbon copies of each other. Vitali would jab, through some overhand rights, mix in a few uppercuts and Adamek would do his best to move, cover-up and try to retaliate.

Adamek did try to retaliate, even landed a few good body shots, but nothing Vitali couldn’t just absorb.

Klitschko handled what little Adamek dealt and gave him back blow after blow until his nose was bleeding everywhere, he could barely stand and by round 10 the ref finally, mercifully, stopped the fight.

It’s my opinion (as I’m sure it’s others as well) that there isn’t anyone in the heavyweight division that can beat the Klitschko’s. With the slight exception of each other of course.

I would, however, love to see a David Haye vs. Tomasz Adamek fight.

2 years later, we finally (maybe) have Klitschko-Haye

It’s been two years.

That is how it’s taken for this heavyweight title fight to actually come to fruition. Two years of Wladimir Klitschko saying, “I’m ready to fight” and two years of David “The Ducker” Haye saying, “I am ready to fight too!, except my back hurts and if we do fight it has to be in the UK and if we do fight I deserve a 60/40 split…”

Well now it seems that the fight is actually going to happen. Like for real this time. As opposed to 2009 when he was supposed to fight Wladimir, but backed out because of a back ‘injury’ that he never actually provided any medical documentation for, then later in 2009 when he was suppose to fight Vitali, but just before the fight was to be signed Haye backed out and signed to fight Russian behemoth Nikolay Valuev (whom he had been secretly negotiating with).

All the while Haye has been talking smack. Now it’s time for his hands to cash the checks his mouth hopes he can sign.

Also, per ESPN’s Dan Rafael;

One interesting twist: Boente [Wladimir Klitschko’s manager] said the contract with Haye says he could fight Wladimir or Vitali.

The priority is Wladimir facing Haye, Boente said. However, if Wladimir is still injured, Vitali could step in, contingent on Vitali winning his March 19 defense against Odlanier Solis.

“Knock on wood, nothing happens. Vitali has to win his fight in two weeks against Solis, which is a very tough fight,” Boente said. “If he comes out of that fight, he is also a possibility. In the contract it says Vitali or Wladimir.”

That being said, I’m sure my pick will reside with whichever Klitschko brother he faces.

There is still no venue chosen (probably Germany where the Klitschko brothers are basically God), no exact date set (either June 25 or July 2), and no American television network signed to show the bout. HBO and Showtime are obviously two options for the fight to land on, but according to Boente, “It could also be on pay-per-view in the U.S. if we can’t find an agreement.”

I have heard all this before from these Haye-Klitschko negotiations, hell, we’ve been this close to a Klitschko-Haye fight on a couple other occasions even. I am excited for the fight, just as I was in 2009 (twice).

As for now, though, I am holding back hope. When I will truly be happy for this fight is when I hear one of their respective entrance songs as they walk down to the ring.

The Klitschko’s, David Haye, Donaire-Montiel, more…

– Thankfully the Klitschko brothers have moved on from David Haye for a little while. Not that I didn’t want one (or both) of them to get a crack at the big-mouthed Brit, but it’s all a bit much now.

Wladimir called Haye a “liar” and has met with, and most likely will fight, Tomasz Adamek in September. At the very least Adamek will be fighting a Klitschko per Kathy Duva;

“If for some reason Wladimir can’t fight in September, Vitali will be the opponent. The September date is the key because that is when the new stadium will open. This is a very big deal in all of Europe because the Wroclaw stadium, which is located on the border of Poland and Germany and not too far from Ukraine, is one of four currently being built to accommodate the 2012 European Soccer Championships.”

– While Wladimir lines up his, possible, fight with Adamek, brother Vitali has signed a contract to face Odlanier Solis on March 19 in Germany.

– Per Dan Rafael’s twitter account;

I agree with Rafael wholeheartedly here. This is a ridiculous fight and to say I’m excited for it is a tremendous understatement. Fernando Montiel facing Nonito Donaire is an all action fight. Probably will be a lot of blood too. Blood always makes a match more exciting!

– The WBC has, rightfully, ordered a rematch between light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and former champion Bernard Hopkins.

Per WBC president Jose Sulaiman;

“The WBC board of governors has voted in favor of ordering the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and emeritus champion Bernard Hopkins for the WBC light heavyweight championship of the world,” WBC president Jose Sulaiman wrote to the camps. “The winner of this fight has the obligation to fight Chad Dawson immediately without any intervening contest.”

Klitschko brothers to Haye: “Take your pick.”

On the website for the German newspaper, Bild, the Klitschko brothers were quoted saying,

“We promise that in 2011 the fight against Haye comes. We want this fight at all costs! He may choose, against whom he wants us to step into the ring to lose his world title.”

This is exactly what I want to hear.

Now, all I want is for this fight to get signed. It doesn’t matter which brother he gets into the ring with to me. I think the more exciting fight would be with Wladimir, if for no other reason than he tends to let his hands go more often than Vitali does.

That’s not a knock on Vitali though, he would be equally effective, in my opinion, against David “The Ducker” Haye.

I’m ready for this.

What I need now, is for David Haye to actually back up his big mouth and actually step into the ring this time.

I don’t like Floyd Mayweather Jr as a person and I hate how he runs his mouth, but as a boxer he has earned the right to speak freely because he has backed up his words nearly every single time. David Haye I don’t like as a person and I, also, hate how he runs his mouth, but he has yet to back up any of his tough talk.

It’s time to now. Lets get this fight signed as soon as possible.

David Haye, The Great Ducker

David Haye is a fraud, a fake, a phony, a liar and a punk.

Rough? Perhaps.

Deserved? Definitely.

David Haye took on Audley Harrison this past Saturday (Nov. 13) in the first all British heavyweight title fight in 13 years. Great, just great. Yet another fight no one could possibly care about for David Haye. Well, with the exception of England…maybe.

After his 3rd round KO of a nondescript Harrison, Haye had the nerve to call out the Klitschko brothers, again. He has done this for 2+ years. He even had a fight signed to fight Wladimir, the younger Klitschko, and pulled out just two weeks before the scheduled date.

Then he tried to bad mouth Vitali, the older Klitschko, into a match and it worked. Vitali responded and wanted to fight and was ready to set up a deal only to have Haye duck the fight before anything could get accomplished.

Wladimir Klitschko (left) & David "The Ducker" Haye (right)

Another fight was on its way to being signed with Haye taking on Wladimir and Wladimir even conceding a 50-50 revenue split. Yes, that’s as ludicrous as it sounds and yet the ducker of all duckers backed out, once again.

It’s a joke, it’s a really, really bad joke.

David Haye is pulling off the worst, most blatant case of ducking a fight that I have ever seen. It has to be in the top 10 all-time.

I have never seen a case of one boxer (in this case Haye) talk so much trash and yet every opportunity they get to make a fight with the person they are talking all this trash about (the Klitschko brothers) and get a chance to back up their words only to punk out.

But not just punk out once. It’s been over and over and over again.

David Haye, for the love of God, please, please make a fight with either of the Klitschko brothers. Take one of these chances that they keep throwing at you and serving you up on a silver platter and do your best to back up your big mouth.

I mean you should fight one of them if for no other reason than seeing one of the great Klitschko brothers literally punch your face off.

It would be immensely enjoyed by me and many, many other fight fans.

I’m Pumped!

I just came across three boxing articles that made me smile.

First, I saw that Vitali Klitschko would be defending his WBC title for a fifth time against Shannon Briggs, who in his own right was a two-time champion, but neither reign (if you could even call them that) was all that spectacular.

In 1997 he claimed a controversial decision victory against a nearly 50-year-old George Foreman to claim the lineal championship, only to be knocked out by Lennox Lewis in his next fight.  Then in 2006 he was losing against Sergei Liakhovich for the WBO championship, but knocked him out with 1 second remaining in the 12th and final round, then turned around to defend his new belt against Sultan Ibragimov who won an easy unanimous decision.

Briggs laid out on the canvas, right where Vitali is going to put him.

Either way, I figured it would be a tough fight (although a fight he would easily win) for Vitali against a man (Briggs) who can really throw some powerful shots when he is properly motivated and in shape.

Second, the fact that the aforementioned Shannon Briggs (yes, THIS Shannon Briggs) would make the WBC champion, Vitali Klitschko, his “32nd first round victim”, saying, “That’s how a lot of my fights end.”

Whoa there buddy.

I’ll be honest here, short of Vitali hurting himself during the fight, there is no way Briggs is going to win this fight, BUT if he could have just kept his mouth shut and let a sleeping giant lie he might have, he just might have had a puncher’s chance.

He can forget all that now.  Vitali is entirely too smart and has tasted leather from some of the hardest puncher’s of today (i.e. Sam Peter, Lennox Lewis) and Briggs doesn’t have anything on them.  I could be wrong, but I do believe that Vitali has never even been down once in his career. 

Even in his two losses (Chris Byrd and Lennox Lewis) which are technically down as “KO’s” he never hit the floor.  One stoppage was a shoulder injury that Vitali needed surgery (and he was winning the fight by large margins by all three judges) and if Lennox hadn’t opened up the most ghastly cuts in the history of pro boxing, Vitali would have won that fight.

Yes, Vitali would have won that fight despite Lennox Lewis saying after the fight that, “I had him right where I wanted him.”

Shannon Briggs just shook a sleeping bear.  Stupid.

And lastly, I read that Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer is trying to put a deal together for a title fight between Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez and Australia’s Michael Katsidis.

This fight has all the makings and potential to be the 2010 fight of the year.

HBO gave Shaefer a November 27 date, which Shaefer wasn’t happy about, but what’s he going to do? Put the fight on Telemundo? I don’t think so.

So, hopefully, this fight will be finalized and I can sit down and watch a potential Fight of the Year for 2010 and I can be happy.