Boytsov, Banks, Dimitrenko and Mormeck candidates for IBF tournament to face Wladimir Klitschko
By Chris Williams: In the latest boxing news, the IBF sanctioning bodies is putting together another tournament to pick a fighter to challenge International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s). This isn’t the first time that the IBF has done this, as they did in 2008 with Chris Byrd, Alexander Povetkin, Calvin Brock and Eddie Chambers. Povtkin ended up winning the tournament and yet never took the opportunity to fight Klitschko.
Like last time, this will be another four fighter tournament. According to RTE Sport, the fighters that the IBF are negotiating with for the tournament are as follows: Jean Marc Mormeck, Alexander Dimitrenko, Denis Boytsov, and Jonathon Banks. The choices looks pretty weak except for Boytsov.
Banks (25-1-1, 17 KO’s) has fought most his career at cruiserweight and he doesn’t look since moving up to heavyweight. He looks slow, heavy and not particularly powerful. I would give him zero chance of beating anyone in the tournament except for maybe the 38-year-old Mormeck, who really doesn’t belong at heavyweight. He needs to move back down to cruiserweight because he’s too short and only 5’11”, and lacks the reach and the power to compete in this division.
Dimitrenko was already exposed by Eddie Chambers and has no power and a bad habit of trying to fight on the inside despite being 6’7” 250+ pounds. I think Dimitrenko beats Mormeck and Banks, but will lose badly to Boytsov (27-0, 22 KO’s). The winner of the tournament will be Boytsov, which really isn’t saying much because the 6’1” Boytsov is too short and too mechanical to beat Wladimir.
Boytsov’s record is totally inflated with 2nd tier opposition and it’s hard to tell how good or not he is because of his mediocre opposition. However, he’ll likely win the tournament based on his power alone because he can punch a little and will likely stop Dimitrenko, Banks and beat up the 38-year-old Mormeck.
I hate the choices in this tourney and I’d kick them all out except for Boytsov if I was selecting for potential heavyweights by the IBF.