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Klitschko KOs Sosnowski: Standard Operating Procedure for Vitali, or has Father time finally caught up with him?

vitali klitschkoPhoto credit: Pavel Terekhov - By Madra Uladh: A game Albert Sosnowski showed a lot more pluck against the reigning WBC champion than did his last opponent, Kevin Johnson. At times, Sosnowski actually looked like he believed he had a chance, something Johnson never came close to doing.

Indeed, had Johnson showed the same aggression, he would most likely failed in what appeared to be his true goal of lasting the distance with the champion. As it turned out, Vitali dominated every round, stopping the hapless Sosnowski in the tenth. Round three and eight were closer than most, if you were looking for a sympathy round for Albert.

Some will look at tonight's event and come away believing that Vitali has slowed down, lost punching accuracy and become even more robotic. Twice in a row now, heís looked less than impressive, even as he completely dominated his two challengers. The time is right, perhaps, if the right fighter came along, to snatch the crown from the aging Vitali..

On the other hand, the fight did look a lot like many if not most of Vitali's title bouts. He was totally unfazed, even borderline bored, from the opening bell. Just another day at the office. He methodically went about breaking his opponent down by landing solid jabs throughout the fight, and eventually adding in some power shots to the mix. Both of these weapons looked mundane, but you could tell from Albert's reaction and movement that both jab and power-shot from the bigger man, carried a lot more force than was evident to the casual observer.

One question we might ask is which of the two foregoing spins will David Haye put on the fight. If he sees things in the manner I first described, he might just be emboldened to try to make the match-up, hoping to cash in on Vitali's waning abilities.

However, if he sees it as a typical Vitali performance, not too much different from the Chris Arreola and Samuel Peter fights, he might wisely decide to keep fighting the Audley Harrisons of the sport.

A third possibility is that he'll take a middle path in his analysis. Namely, that it was a typical Vitali victory, but that the old man has lost a step or two and is nearing the end. In this case, time is on Haye's side. A year from now, his chances would be very much improved. He might have picked up some experience in having a live heavyweight (Ruslan Chagaev) under his belt by then, and Vitali will probably have lost anther step or two. But Vitali might have left the scene by then, leaving his technically more difficult brother to uphold the family name.

David Haye has some pondering to do.

Article posted on 30.05.2010



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