Written by Andy
Heavyweight boxing in the past several years has been dominated by a couple of brothers of based in Germany via their birth place of Ukraine and those brothers are Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.
A lot of boxing fans say the competition in the heavyweight division isn’t what it was and while I agree with this the brothers shouldn’t be overlooked as both of them are up there with the greats.
Ok their style looks very organised, mechanical and very over efficient at times which doesn’t always attract the ‘only watch the big fights’ boxing fans but to those that are more familiar with all things boxing the Klitschko’s are very good technically and difficult to beat due to their size, power and technique.
I personally think they don’t always get the props they deserve especially Wladimir who for me is the better boxer of the two brothers…not that we’ll ever see them both fight to really see who the better fighter is!
With Vitali’s fights numbered as a career in politics (like Manny Pacquiao) looms, he will be looking to go out with a bang and to defend his WBC Heavyweight title in the process before vacating the title for perhaps his brother and the next contender on the Wladimir hit list.
Dr Ironfist Vitali Klitschko has 47 fights, 45 wins, 41 KO’s & only 2 losses to American Chris Byrd and Britain’s Lennox Lewis. When you look at the CV of wins his victims are mostly solid up and coming fighters he doesn’t have a couple of legendary fighters on there like past heavyweight champions have but that isn’t he or his brothers fault.
His only massive fight you could say was with Lennox Lewis a fight that was stopped via TKO in round 6 in the favour of Lewis due to a cut and deemed Vitali unable to continue despite leading on all three judges scorecards. Had he won this fight he would have been given a little more regard in my opinion but thats boxing and Lewis got the win then retired.
Vitali has never been knocked down in any professional boxing match nor has he ever lost a points decision both defeats were due to injuries.
Brother Wladimir (the younger of the two) has an equally impressive career to date and currently holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight Champion belts with a record of 63 fights, 60 wins, 51 KO’s & 3 losses to American’s Ross Puritty, Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster the last loss being April 2004.
Like Vitali, Wladimir’s CV holds a lot of very solid fighters and also has David Haye’s name on there also which you could argue is one of the bigger names between the two brothers winning list.
Dr Steelhammer is the man in demand for me not only due to the number of belts he holds but when his brother vacates and moves into politics you can bet Wladimir will be first in line to take on whatever challenger is given number one status for the WBC crown and he still has a number of fights left in him unlike Vitali.
So the question is Can Anyone Stop The Klitschko’s?
Let’s have a look at a list of some fighters now and in no particular order
Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s)
The undefeated Russian has been linked to fighting a Klitschko for a while now and injury to Povetkin scuppered a meeting with Wladimir in 2008. Povetkin has beaten many of the same fighters Wladimir and Vitali have so it makes sense we will see him challenge a brother soon. You’d think it would make more sense chasing Vitali as while he still looks solid he looked very sluggish in the Dereck Chisora fight and if Povetkin could adapt similar tactics that Delboy used that night he could end up winning.
David Haye (28-2, 24 KO’s)
Wladimir defeated Londoner Haye in a very disappointing fight on Haye’s part after all the hype in July 2011. The Hayemaker blamed a foot injury for not performing and he never really got anything going at all as Wladimir dismantled him round after round. We never saw the real Haye that night and I for one hope he can defeat Tyson Fury in September and get a shot against Vitali who I genuinely believe he can beat. If those two wins happen a rematch with Wladimir and hopefully a better showing will follow and we get the great fight we were promised the first time around.
Robert Helenius (19-0, 11 KO’s)
Finland’s ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ has made a steady start to his career thus far beating names like Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Dereck Chisora (who in my view won the fight clearly but Helenius got the decision). He seems to be going for some experienced fighters at the moment no doubt getting the preparation in for a future shot at a Klitschko. If he can keep going along steadily and improving on some of the weaknesses Chisora exposed then he has an outside chance.
Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s)
The Cobra from Bulgaria, Pulev has made a solid start to his heavyweight campaign and much like Helenius in the piece before has been adding a few veterans onto his CV. The next 4 or 5 fights and rise in level of competition should see if Pulev is ready for a shot at the Klitschko’s as its way too early right now.
Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s)
With the big fight set for September Tyson Fury about time faces an elite puncher in the heavyweight division in David Haye. This could well be an eliminator for a shot at Wladimir or Vitali for the winner. Fury has fought some questionable opponents many being journeyman heavyweight and cruiserweights become heavyweights. While Fury contains power and is a bit of a lump size wise which must be difficult to fight against, for me he doesn’t have a chin and if its hit by a big puncher he goes down. Thats what makes the Haye fight so intriguing. The winner of this fight gets a Klitschko and I don’t think it will be Fury unless he drastically improves his defence.
There could be a few others thrown in but the 5 above are the main contenders for the moment. Hopefully David Price avenges his defeat of Tony Thompson in their rematch and gets back on track as he was a guy really showing some promise until he was surprisingly KO’d.
Anyway boxing fans hope you enjoyed this piece and we’ll have some more boxing soon.