Boxing Roundtable: Can anyone dethrone Wladimir Klitschko?
As for the fight itself, I have to say that Wladimir is a much more aesthetically pleasing fighter than Vitali. (The latter's herky-jerky, arms akimbo style usually has me howling in frustration by the second round.) Maybe it's the schooling of Emanuel Steward, but Wlad fights in crisp, economical fashion; he keeps his hands up and moves well. Certainly his confidence level is way, way up. (Compare his demeanor against Chambers with the lost-deer expression he wore for much of his 12-round thrill ride against
Of course, even without any sanctioned fraternal fracas, the Brothers K can't go on forever (Wlad's 33, Vitali 38). Who stands as the heir apparent is far from clear. But I'm not counting on a new Golden Age of the American Heavyweight. Mainly because the only good American heavyweights
Hey, can we consider Cuban defector
Solis' almost cartoonish doughboy physique -- the Cuban tipped the scales at 268½ at Friday's weigh-in -- makes Chris Arreola look like
I rank Vitali among the 20 greatest heavyweights of all-time with Wladimir just missing the cut, but the younger Klitschko is building a serious case for inclusion as those embarrassing defeats to
While it's unfortunate the two best heavyweights since
Hopkins, who turned 45 in January, says the Jones fight is "personal," and I believe him. It's not expected to be very competitive -- Bernard is a 6-to-1 favorite on merit -- but if Jones represents the easy way out, it's uncharted territory for Hopkins, whose legacy will show that he took on all comers. In his prime, he beat them all. And in the twilight of his career, he continued to only take fights against guys who are in or near the pound-for-pound Top 10 -- none of whom could say they had an easy night against him. If Hopkins hasn't already eclipsed
So I don't begrudge Hopkins a victory lap against a rival who's been second-rate since boiling down from heavyweight in 2003 and '04. I just hope it's not his last fight.
And do you guys realize that, between this bout and the Hopkins-Jones travesty we're talking about 170 years total?