Ring Magazine, IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight king “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko last week mocked the legitimacy of the July 14 bout pitting David “The Hayemaker” Haye against fellow English countryman Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora as a “freak show.”
Sadly for boxing fans, the Chisora (15-3, 10 KOs) versus Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) “freak show” is the nearest the heavyweight division has come to excitement for years.
“It is a freak show under freak rules,” said Wladimir (57-3, 50 KOs), who has triumphed in 14 consecutive bouts since being TKO’d by Lamon Brewster in April 2004. “It is a spit in the face of the British Boxing Board of Control.”
“To get a license for this man [Chisora] is disgraceful for the sport. How can you have such an event featuring a man who has shown his behavior to the world, especially considering what he did at the press conference [in Munich], where he threatened Haye? It’s something that isn’t good for the fans and the sport.”
Klitschko and his older brother, WBC titlist Vitali (44-2, 40 KOs), are two of the preeminent heavyweights in the annals of boxing.
Unfortunately, Pope Joseph Ratzinger will pray in a synagogue before the Ukrainian blood battle each other in the squared circle for supremacy.
Since Wladimir and Vitali (nicknamed “Dr. Ironfist”) will understandably never meet in the ring, onlookers and pundits can only predict who would emerge victorious between the two.
Wladimir, a gold medalist as a super heavyweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, is in the midst of the sixth-longest reign ever atop the “glamour” division.
Meanwhile, Vitali, the owner of the second-highest heavyweight knockout percentage in history (86.9%), has not been overcome since Lennox Lewis escaped with an extremely controversial sixth round TKO victory due to a grotesque gash over the left eye of “Dr. Ironfist.”
Wladimir is an expert boxing technician who at his best could beat any heavyweight ever by a decision on a given evening.
Vitali is a tough, rugged and strong man who could render any heavyweight unconscious with a sound connection to the kisser.
Remarkably, Vitali, who earned a silver medal as a super heavyweight at the 1995 World Amateur Championships in Berlin, has never once hit the canvas as a professional.
On the contrary, Wladimir has a relatively suspect chin and he has been knocked onto Queer Street twice against inferior opponents like Corrie Sanders (42-4, 31 KOs) and Brewster (35-6, 30 KOs).
Mike Cappiello, who earned the New England super featherweight title in 1990 and finished his professional career with an impressive record of 33-6, thinks Wladimir can be taken.
“Wladimir Klitschko can be beat,” said Cappiello, the owner of Cappiello Brothers Boxing gym in The City of Champions. “He is always on the outside not wanting to be hit because he knows his chin isn’t the greatest.”
Wladimir is 36 years of age and Vitali is quickly approaching 41.
Ultimately, that five-year gap would prove pivotal and allow the younger Klitschko to presently triumph on a consistent basis.
However, if they were simultaneously in their respective primes, Vitali would be the more dominant force of the clan.
At the peak of their careers, if they fought on 10 occasions, Vitali would have vanquished his famous kin via knockout on seven instances.
Conversely, Wladimir, with his precise fists, would have managed to eke out three successful bouts on the scorecards versus his older bro.
Granted, the once alluring heavyweight tier is now in a state of absolute shame.
Still, despite this porous era, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are legitimate prizefighters for the ages.
Vitali is just better than his little sibling ever was or will be.by