Rage could do Klitschko some good
In the five years I have known
But never have I seen him angry. And this is a problem for me. Why? Because as long as he sits back and lets his brother run amok in the division that is rightfully his, and as long as he is ambivalent about WBA champion
No one really knows just how good Wladimir Klitschko is. We probably never will. Klitschko has been victimized by a lackluster crop of heavyweights, a tomato can-filled group that wouldn't be allowed to fight on television in the '70s and '80s, much less compete for a world title.
Klitschko's upcoming opponent is a perfect example of how far the division has fallen. After IBF No. 1 contender
Who did he find?
Yes, Rahman. The same Rahman who couldn't continue against
Klitschko's camp will tell you that they chose Rahman, who Klitschko (51-3) will face in Mannheim, Germany, on Saturday (HBO, 4:45 p.m. ET) because, despite his catatonic performances recently, Rahman still has name value. They will tell you that ticket sales stayed strong after Rahman (45-6-2) was named as the opponent, and they were able to keep both American and international TV audiences interested in the fight.
They will tell you whatever you want to hear.
But none of it matters.
This fight will end with Klitschko winning by KO, definitely within eight rounds and probably within four. This isn't one of those bet-on-
This isn't easy for me. I'm a Klitschko fan. Unlike many informed observers, I think Klitschko could have held his own in the '90s, when fighters like Lewis and
This is how it's done in boxing. Promoters respond to pressure. Networks, too. Do you think if Klitschko truly went on the offensive against Valuev that HBO wouldn't also start pushing for this fight to happen? Maybe Klitschko can get under Valuev's skin as well.
Maybe it's not in Klitschko's makeup to verbally spar with other fighters. But it should be. And for the sake of his legacy, it has to be.