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Klitschko Cautious but Effective In Stoppage Win Over Brewster! HBO Disappointing in Avoiding Unification!

wladimir klitschko07.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Wladimir Klitschko has just defended his version of the heavyweight title when his opponent Lamon Brewster, who had claimed he needed to be killed in order to lose, quit on his stool at the end of the 6th. His trainer, Buddy McGirt, tried to fry up the skillet but it was obvious Brewster was not interested in doing anything after the first round ended.

My prediction for the fight was off in that Klitschko needed very little of his Ruiz arsenal this time around, but this was partly because Brewster was stuck in one place most of the fight and did not move at all. Rather thAn moving forward trying to engage Klitschko at close range, Brewster focused on dodging and slipping the Klitschko jab, which he was only able to do while his four round stamina training did not betray him.

In my defense, the few times Brewster was caught in a clinch, he did nothing to try and rip himself out of it when Klitschko put his hand on the back of his head and grabbed his arm. It was clear, once again, that Brewster does not have the stamina to risk doing anything but hoping against hope that he lands his left hook once again.

Klitschko wisely didn’t take too many risks, and therefore did not have to worry about getting caught, tiring out, or actually working for the KO. The criticism of Wlad might be that he didn’t attempt and go for the knockout but again you cannot fault a guy for doing just enough to win. Had Wladimir claimed he needed to be savage in there, I would understand getting on his case about it, but he did fine in being cautious but effective.

What disappointed me, however, was the terrible ducking and dodging HBO did in regards to putting Wladimir on the spot about unification. It started with Lampley messing up the Ibragimov’s, as has become his MO ever since he was forced to talk about them on tv, and ending with them ignoring the fact that the best and clearest opportunity for unification is to push Wladimir to say on TV that he wants the winner of Chagaev-Ibragimov. With Maskaev swamped in trying to cash out on his career (which is dumb since I believe he will have a great shot against Peter) and having at least three mandatory fights before this, Klitschko vs. the winner of Chagaev-Ibragimov is quite possible.

Rather than putting that question to Klitschko, Lampley passingly called it “mini-unification,” before basically saying Wladimir is the best so only his unification matters. Wladimir has enough claim to call himself #1 due to experience until October 13th when he will have to, in my mind, share that honor with the winner. NEITHER of those 2 men will be the champion but rather the #1 contender for that invisible belt. What better way to work towards that fight then make him say so on TV?

I understand that once he says it he loses part of his negotiating ability at the table when he tries to make that bout, but do any of us really care about negotiations? Does anybody care about Wladimir’s mistakes and issues regarding Klaus Kohl and Don King? Imagine if Ruslan Chagaev wins on October 13th, what will Klitschko say regarding this? Will he avoid Ruslan because of his promotional issues? What the crap does that have to do with getting a single champion? Klitschko would have to swallow hard and make that fight or at the very least get down on his knees and pray to God, Ibragimov is the winner of that October 13th bout.

Congratulations to Klitschko on the victory, and shame on HBO for not giving a fight they SHOULD be televising its proper, and objective due.

Article posted on 08.07.2007



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