By John F. McKenna (McJack): Watching the Klitschko brothers over the past couple of years is kind of like watching a western movie. The others gunslingers talk a great deal of trash, but when the brothers ride in to town, all the trash talking gunslingers slink out of town in the dead of night.
A couple of years ago current “regular” WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin was given what many heavyweight contenders would consider the opportunity of a lifetime when he got the chance to fight heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko. Instead of fighting Vladmir however Povetkin came down with a severe case of the sniffles resulting in his not showing up for a press conference designed to hype the fight. The result was that the fight never came off. It was later revealed by trainer Teddy Atlas that the Povetkin brain trust did not feel that Alexander was ready for Vladimir and that he would require more seasoning before taking on such a fight.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev was given a similar opportunity to fight for WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s title in 2010, but he too bowed out claiming that he would not be properly compensated, even though his purse would have been far more than he could have received for any other fight.
Former WBA champion David Haye basically trash talked his way into a title shot against multiple belt holder Vladimir Klitschko on July 2nd.. The fight was heavily hyped by the media. Haye received a 50/50 split with Klitschko for his efforts, but when the bell rang he came nowhere close to living up to his trash talk. Haye chose to retreat and stay out of harms way only occasionally throwing a pot shot or two during his twelve round humiliation by Vladimir. All of Haye’s pre fight antics and trash talk meant nothing once Haye stepped into the squared circle with Vladimir.
After the loss to Vladimir, Haye said that he would retire as planned on his 31st birthday on October 13th. Of course “Dr. Steelhammer” turned Haye down. After consulting with his family and retired former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Haye announced that he would postpone his retirement date by six months to fight Vitali Klitschko. Vitali had called the “Hayemaker” out several times, most recently after his TKO win over Tomasz Adamek on September 10. Since that time Haye has heard nothing from the Klitschko camp regarding a possible fight. A couple of days ago Haye, apparently exasperated said that if he did not hear anything more from Vitali by October 13 he was going to quit. It just may be that for Vitali its payback time and he is sticking the needle in to David. At this point Haye has very little bargaining power and nowhere else to turn.
Not all of the Klitscnko’s opponents are as classless as Haye. Tomasz Adamek, as many had predicted went out on his shield in his match with Vitali. Tomasz gave everything he had and came up short. Afterwards Tomasz showed his true class by making no excuses. Instead he praised Vitali for the champion he is and said that even if Klitschko was five inches shorter he still would have won.
In October 2010 Shannon Briggs took everything Vitali had and although hopelessly outclassed finished upright. It was divulged after the fight that Shannon forbade his corner from stopping the fight. After the fight Briggs was hospitalized, but instead of sour grapes he said that Klitschko was the best fighter he had ever fought.
In December of 2009 Kevin “Kingpin” Johsnson after telling Vitali he felt bad about having to take his title so close to Christmas put on as bad a performance in a heavyweight title fight as this writer has ever seen. For twelve long rounds he fell into a defensive posture and offered no offense, content with going the distance while losing every round.
After cleaning out the heavyweight division the Klitscko’s, simply put have no real legitimate competition.
Robert Hellenius and Tyson Fury may never offer stiff opposition to either of the Klitschko’s. It is a misconception to think that the Klitschko’s win because of their size. Tyson Fury is not going to be competitive just because he is 6’9”. As Tomasz Adamek put it when speaking of Vitali, he lost because Klitschko is a better fighter.
The Klitschko’s are in the position that Alexander the Great was in when he supposedly wept because there were no more worlds left to conquer.