Klitschko/Brewster: The big jab-down
07.07.07 - By Ted Sares: ďWladimir by stoppage. Savage redemption.Ē That was my documented prediction (Iím 4-1 going into tonight), but Iím not so sure thatís what I saw. Stoppage, yes; savage, not really because not enough rights or left hooks landed to make it savage. Still it was a thorough beating.
Article posted on 08.07.2007
I have seen beat-downs, but this was the first jab-down I have witnessed since Holmes-Ledoux. At least 165 jabs landed on poor Brewsterís unprotected face. Buddy McGirt was correct in stopping the fight given the possibility of further damage to Lamonís eye. Still, I certainly expected more from ďRelentless.Ē I suspect this may be the end for him as a serious contender..
Now anyone who can write a compelling story about such one-sided target practice deserves a Pulitzer. All this fight involved was one guy using the head of another for target practice with perhaps the best jab in the heavyweight division. It was repetitive and brutal. Nothing more, nothing less. No chess match, no exchanges, no stalking, no knockdowns. Just a good old fashioned beat down by way of the jab.
If I come away with anything from this fight, its that Klitschko is more relaxed, has better movement, knows how to throw the right lead without being countered, and has solid stamina. In short, he is fast becoming a more complete fighter. His jaw was never tested so that question remains unanswered, but heck, if he keeps his opponents at bay with the jab and finishes them off with a right, the issue is academic.
Whatís next is anybodyís guess. He canít fight his brother and I donít see anyone else out there except Sam Peter and maybe Oleg Maskaev. Surely, Sultan Ibragimov and Ruslan Chagaev are not going to beat him, at least in my opinion. Of course, the best fight for Wlad and for the fans might well be against Corrie Sanders, 42-3, who reportedly suffered an injury to his left hand in the first round of a fight he won against Brazilian Daniel Bispo two months ago.
Klitschko has passed his first test of redemption. If Corrie is fit and ready, letís complete the exams.
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