Wladimir Klitschko could be facing Solis, Boytsov, Adamek or Tua next
By Eric Thomas: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) wants to squeeze in one last fight before the end of the year in December against a number of possible opponents, according to fight news. The following heavyweights are being considered for Klitschko’s next fight: Tomasz Adamek, Odlanier Solis, David Tua, Tony Thompson, Denis Boytsov and Alexander Dimitrenko. However, not all of those heavyweights will be available in December and some may be reluctant to face Wladimir right now.
Adamek would be the most ideal opponent of the bunch, because he’s well known to American boxing fans, has a huge Polish following in the United States and Germany, and has been fighting reasonably well lately since moving up to the heavyweight division. But, his management may not want to throw him in with Klitschko right now. Adamek has a fight coming up against Vinny Maddalone and still needs a lot of work before he’ll be ready to face one of the Klitschko brothers.
Tua, 5’9”, is coming off of a 12 round draw with Monte Barrett in July. Tua would be an interesting fight for Wladimir because Tua has big power and is well known in the boxing world. However, Tua didn’t look good in his last fight against Barrett and he might not be an interesting opponent for Wladimir. This could be an even worse mismatch than Wladimir’s fight with Samuel Peter.
Tua doesn’t throw combinations like he used to do, and is more of a fighter that throws wild shots. He’d likely have a tough time reaching Wladimir’s chin with his shots.
The unbeaten Odlanier Solis (16-0, 14 KO’s) would be an ideal opponent for Wladimir to fight, as Solis fights out of Germany and has fast hands and amazing boxing skills. He would be like faster version of Lamon Brewster. However, he’d be dangerous for Wladimir because of his fast hands and good power. It’s unclear whether Klitschko would want that kind of dangerous opponent with very little time to work on training for his style.
Klitschko easily defeated former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter last weekend by a 10th round TKO in Germany. It wasn’t a competitive fight and Klitschko was able to get out of it without getting cut or taking much punishment.