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Ruslan vs Klitschko: The Showdown or the Snoredown?

Ruslan Chagaev Wladimir KlitschkoBy Eric Hernandez: Well here we go again another Heavyweight fight fought in Germany with little fanfare. On the bright side this fight should easily live up to the hype when you consider that there was almost no hype going into this fight. If this fight was an earthquake in North America it would barely move your mother’s fine china in the dining room. Having gotten the negatives out of the way I will try to attempt to make some sense of this fight.

What can we expect Saturday night? Unfortunately we can expect a very cautious Wladimir Klitschko pawing with his jab and throwing way too few right hands. Unfortunately, Klitschko’s Kryptonite is his stamina and with Emanuel Lewis as his trainer, he will make sure that Klitschko paces himself to the detriment of everyone watching.

On the other side we can expect the white Mike Tyson (memo- get a new nickname) to be cautious and try to win a decision. I don’t see how this fight can be of any excitement unless they both throw caution to the wind and forget for a second who they are.

What should happen Saturday night -unfortunately the heavyweight division is in disarray, no one cares and right now the lower weight divisions are carrying the sport. The sport is always healthier when the heavyweights are demanding our attention. Now getting back to the fight, Klitschko needs to come out and give a dominating performance and make people care again, which means letting his right hand go and quit saving his energy for the later rounds.

I believe that he can get Ruslan Chagaev out of there if he commits to his power early and often. As for Ruslan, my advice is to look as much as Corrie Sanders when you walk in that ring on Saturday night, you both white and south paws and if you want to be the white Mike Tyson I suggest you come out in the first round like a young Tyson and the way Sanders came out for his fight and surprise Klitschko with your power (assuming you have any).

Both these fighters would be better served in the public eye with a gut wrenching lost than a boring unanimous win.

Prediction- my prediction here is that Klitschko will stick to his conservative game plan and paw his way to an easy win, what I would like to see is a Ruslan knockout to shake up this division and bring attention to the heavyweight division. Final question: If two heavyweights fight in Germany and no one sees or hears the fight did it really happen?

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