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Defensive wizards Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko continue to rule their respective weight classes

7 May
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Sam Janes – Leicester

Last weekend we saw OnTheBeak’s top two Pound for Pound fighters enter the ring for the first time in 2013, with Floyd Mayweather Jr outclassing Robert Guerrero over 12 after Wladimir Klitschko overpowered and eventually knocked Francesco Pianeta out in the sixth. Both men retained their Ring Magazine titles and further more cemented their status as untouchable in their own weight class.

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

There are plenty of similarities between Mayweather and Klitschko, despite the huge gulf in weight. Firstly, they are both masters of defence. Mayweather’s head movement, speed and shoulder roll have resulted in him only being knocked down once (versus Carlos Hernandez at super featherweight) in 2001. Since then no man has knocked Floyd to the canvas or defeated him. Shane Mosley, Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto have had limited success, but as Max Kellerman noted on ESPN.com after Mayweather’s controversial first fight with Jose Luis Castillo in 2004: “Mayweather is so seldom hit cleanly in his face”, which shows how hard it is to score against ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’.

Wladimir has tightened up his defence since his surprise defeat to Lamon Brewster by TKO in 2004; Emmanuel Steward turned him into a clinical, safe fighter who has won 18 on the bounce since that loss. ‘Dr Steelhammer’ keeps his distance as a fighter, sticking to his rock hard jab which no fighter has been able to get around, as David Haye found out in 2011.

Both fighters are now unquestionably the number one fighter in their division, despite both facing accusations of being boring fighters. Mayweather was booed frequently on Saturday night for failing to knock Guerrero out or share exchanges, and Klitschko has been accused of widely outpointing opponents or picking them off late, but failing to provide any genuine excitement.

Getting involved in wars is not a part of Mayweather or Klitschko’s DNA and this is one of the main reasons the two of them have amassed so many victories and belts. Both have also been accused of picking safe fights over recent years, preferring to protect their records rather than truly challenge themselves. Critics point to Pianeta’s lack of contender credentials and Guerrero’s win over ex welterweight belt-holder Andre Berto being the sole reason for getting a chance at Mayweather as being poor mismatches for fights, and these critics are right.

But this is not the fault of either fighter.

Floyd and Wladimir have beaten the majority of quality fighters available to them. Klitschko has beaten (and is planning to beat Povetkin in September) every genuine heavyweight challenge who doesn’t share his surname. David Haye, the last genuinely deserving challenger, was outmatched by the dominant Ukrainian in comfortab fashion. Floyd has beaten legend after legend in De La Hoya, Gatti and Mosely but people argue his inability to fight Manny Pacquiao or move up to face Alverez or Martinez signals Mayweather’s reluctance to risk his record.

If Klitschko beats Povetkin in September, there is very little out there for him to fight in an even contest. Deontey Wilder and Tyson Fury are developing well but by the time the two of them have truly peaked in ability, Wladimir should be well retired. Until retirement, Klitschko has very little option but to keep beating undeserving challengers.

Fortunately for Wladimir, his fights are so popular on German TV he is paid exceptionally well whoever he fights, so he has very little incentive to go looking for riskier fights with Fury and Wilder.

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

Mayweather, however, has a host of potential opponents from Pacquiao, Martinez and Alverez to up-and-comers like Danny Garcia and Amir Khan. All these fighters are desperate for a chance to take on  “Money” and the PPV revenue he brings.

Again, Floyd offers such a dedicated fan-base that means whoever he fights he can expect well over $10,000,000 in PPV revenue*, so Floyd can decide to take the lower risk fights as it is equally as lucrative.

Despite both essentially clearing out their divisions based on solid fundamentals and defence, the pair will continue to be criticised for taking an easy road. This is unlikely to change unless one gets beaten, but this looks very unlikely over the next couple of years. Mayweather and Klitschko are so big in the sport that they can fight anyone they like and make millions in revenue. They have achieved everything that has been asked of them and so, if they do take a few more comfortable fights and ride off into retirement with their money, I’d argue they’ve earned every right.

*The six-fight Showtime deal Mayweather signed earlier in the year was reported to fetch the athlete a guaranteed $200m over 30 months, with potentially an extra $10m per fight in PPV revenue.

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Sauerland news: Pulev, Helenius and Povetkin all lined up for Klitschko shot; Gutknecht v Braehmer booked for Feb

23 Nov

Press Releases – Sauerland

There is exciting news for Robert Helenius (18-0-0, 11ko) and Kubrat Pulev (17-0-0, 9ko) as both top heavyweight contenders currently hold the number one spot in their respective rankings. After beating former world champions Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich, the WBO already instated Helenius as their number one fighter in September, last year. However, after the fight for the European Championship against Dereck Chisora in December 2011, the Finn had to take a longer break due to a serious shoulder injury.

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On November 10, Helenius gave his successful comeback in Helsinki. After ten rounds, the “Nordic Nightmare” won a unanimous points decision against Sherman “The Tank” Williams – the WBO’s previous number ten. In their latest Rankings, 28-year-old Helenius is back as the number one ranked boxer.

Kubrat Pulev has also been enjoying some very successful months. The prodigy of coach Otto Ramin first laced his gloves as a professional in September, 2009. In his debut fight as a pro, he beat Romanian Florian Benche on points. Since then, the 31-year-old has won every single one of his 17 fights and boasts a perfect record.

The big break came this year after beating Alexander Dimitrenko to claim the European Championship on May 5 in Erfurt, Germany. Another victory followed on September 29, when the Bulgarian took on the 140-Kilo colossus Alexander Ustinov in Hamburg. Hence, the move up to first place of the official IBF (International Boxing Federation) rankings was just a matter of time.

The current WBO and IBF Champion is Wladimir Klitschko. The Ukrainian also holds the WBA Super Champion status. The regular WBA Champion is Alexander Povetkin (25-0-0, 17ko and pictured below), who is signed to Team Sauerland just like Helenius and Pulev.

“The hunt for Wladimir Klitschko is on. First, he will have to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Once that fight has happened, we will see if Klitschko is still the champion,” said a confident Kalle Sauerland.

“We already have one heavyweight world champion in Povetkin. With Robert Helenius and Kubrat Pulev we have two more fighters who [are] capable of taking the belts [from] Klitschko. Added to that, we also have 24-year-old heavyweight hopeful Edmund Gerber in our ranks. But before we can start thinking of anything else, Klitschko has to face Povetkin.”

Credit: Andreas Sauer/ Team Sauerland

In boxing terms the year for Team Sauerland ends with Arthur Abraham’s title defense against Mehdi Bouadla on December 15. However, the planning for 2013 has already begun and it will start off with a bang. The legendary Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany will host the all-German affair between current European Champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-1-0, 9ko) and his compatriot and stablemate Juergen Braehmer (38-2-0, 30ko) on February 2.

Gutknecht clinched the EBU title in May, 2011 by a TKO victory in round eight over Britain’s Danny McIntosh. Since then, he successfully defended the championship against Lorenzo DiGiacomo, Vyacheslav Uzelkov and Tony Averlant. The big four governing bodies of boxing all rank the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner in their top ten.

“It is going to be a great fight,” said 30-year-old Gutknecht. “I am highly motivated for this bout. First of all, it is an all-German affair. Added to that, the winner will get a crack at a world championship. Juergen Braehmer is one of the big names in the world of boxing. I am really looking forward to be facing him inside the ring.”

Former WBO titlist Juergen Braehmer is also full of confidence when he is thinking ahead to the fight. ”I am just excited about getting back into the ring and fighting for my new team for the first time. I know what it feels like to be a European and world champion. My goal is to get back to that level. I have the chance to prove to everybody what I am capable of on
February 2. I want to get back to the top,“ said the 34-year-old, coached by Karsten Roewer.

Chris Meyer, managing director of Sauerland Event: “We are happy to kick off the new year in Berlin. This will be a very exciting fight. Eduard Gutknecht is the current WBC number two, Juergen Braehmer is listed as the number two
by the WBO. February 2 is not just about the highly regarded EBU Light Heavyweight Championship but also the position as the mandatory challenger for the WBO Crown.”

Tickets for the show at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany will be available next week at http://www.eventim.de.

Johnathon Banks overcomes underdog status to hound on Mitchell, stuns Seth in two rounds

18 Nov

Alan Dawson – London

The spirit of the late Emanuel Steward was evident at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this evening as his long-time Kronk Gym heavyweight pupil Johnathon Banks secured a jaw-dropping second round knockout over highly-heralded HBO-product Seth Mitchell. On Saturday, November 17, Banks dropped Mitchell three times, won the vacant WBC international title, propelled himself into a final eliminator and punctuated a month that saw him guide Wladimir Klitschko to victory over Mariusz Wach last weekend.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Banks
9 10

Mitchell
10 6

Official verdict: Banks by 2nd Rd KO.

As early as the opening round there were considerable gaps in terms of physicality; namely, Mitchell (25-1-1, 19ko) appeared to have it and Banks (29-1-1, 19ko) didn’t. Midway through the stanza, Mitchell believed he had Banks hurt with a series of thudding shots (with a hook doing the most damage) but Banks showed a great rate of recovery – something one would expect from a fighter who has regularly served as a sparring partner for unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Mitchell attempted to start the second round like he finished the first, rushed in but abandoned defence and leaked jabs from Banks. A strong body shot from Mitchell set up a shocking turn of events as Banks retreated to the ropes, inviting his opponent into a trap, landed a counter combination that left the former Michigan linebacker down on the floor and receiving a count. Dazed and confused, Mitchell made it to his feet but when boxing resumed he fought, rather than looked to survive the round. Banks’s overhand rights were Mitchell’s undoing and Seth slumped hard to the canvas. Again, he rose to his feet but an overhand right dropped Mitchell a third time and the referee waved the bout off, providing Banks with a stunning smash-and-grab upset victory.

“The role of Emanuel Steward played into my life, fighting is my life,” said Banks to HBO after his win. “I want to dedicate this to him because the man loved knockouts and we’re going to miss him.

“I knew I had a very strong and determined guy in front of me. He got a go get em mentality. I felt when I hit him, I hurt him and he didn’t hold like he should have. He grabbed my waist and didn’t tie up my arms. All that’s running through my head is the momentum I got but I’m so thankful for Emanuel Steward, he taught me everything about boxing.”

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Wladimir Klitschko shuts Marius Wach out by issuing a relentless pummeling

10 Nov

Alan Dawson – London

On Saturday, November 10 at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko gave Mariusz Wach a beating so sadistically consistent that the latter struggled to even register one point during their duel for the IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA and The Ring Magazine world titles. Klitschko repeatedly landed one-two combinations and had the far greater skillset but, if there is one thing Wach can take credit for, it’s possessing a stone granite chin.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Klitschko
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
10 10
Wach
9 9 9
9 9 9 9 8 9 9 9 9

Official verdict: Wladimir Klitschko wins via unanimous decision.

The noticeable absence of legendary trainer, the late Emanuel Steward, would require something big to offset. Indeed, it was at the forefront of Wladimir Klitschko’s mind… the Ukrainian powerhouse said pre-fight that he feels the spirit of Steward and was relieved he had a fight lined up so he could compete on a stage that he and Emanuel relished for a decade together – world championship boxing. Introduced by Michael Buffer, the motivational nous of Sylvester Stallone and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’s ‘Can’t Stop’ anthem, Wlad’s focus was as intimidating as ever.

Relinquishing the advantages of height, weight and reach to Wach, Klitschko, for the first time in his career, was punching upward. In the first round, however, Wlad showed no signs of discomfort as he rapid-fired his trademark jab into Wach’s mouth and, whenever the Pole dropped his guard, Klitschko was able to power a straight right hand through on target.

With a build-up marred with bad blood, Klitschko had alluded to a desire to punish his adversary… to show no mercy and, as early as round one, it was the defending unified champion who was forcing the action, taking the forward steps, landing accurate and powerful shots.

In round two, Wach rolled the dice and took a gamble. The challenger increased his work-rate at the beginning of round two and during one of his first barrages, he turned Klitschko, landed punches but threw one to the back of the head. By the middle of the stanza, Wlad had started to beat the momentum out of Wach, who continued to struggle to defend himself against the long-reigning heavyweight king’s right hand.

Maintaining his composure, Wladimir beat the sweat off Mariusz’s brow in the third chapter. In the middle rounds, Klitschko’s punch perfect domination over a lesser-skilled fighter continued. Wlad’s footwork was elite, his desire to throw never wavered and while his head movement was subtle, it was damn effective. In comparison, Wach walked with a heavy plod to his step, he did not have fast hands and he did not keep them chin high which allowed Klitschko to pop one, one-two and one-two-three combinations before backing away and keeping his chin out of trouble.

That was, until, the fifth round when Wach caught Wlad and had the Kyiv collosus covering up as he sought to provide a block to the incoming shellacking. During the sixth, though, the Pole couldn’t capitalise on his limited success in the previous stanza and returned the advantage to Klitscko, much like he had done earlier. After half the fight had been contested, Wach’s eyes were considerably reddened and the 6’7.5 contender was breathing heavily.

In the seventh, Klitschko’s range was on point and he beat Wach up with successions of eight punches. One after the other… pushing his chin into his skull, pounding his lips around his mouth as if they were putty, ricocheting rocket-launched right hands off his cheek bones and worsening his eyes with every jab.

The longer the bout wore on, the worse Wach boxed. His defence was weak and leaky at the start of battle but by the eighth it was sieve-like and when Wladimir turned up the heat, Wach was forced to weather a brutal beatdown. The referee, Eddie Cotton could have called the bout off – such was the one-sided nature of Wladimir’s dominance and the timidness of Wach’s attack.

Amazingly, Wach’s corner allowed their ward to get back into the ring for the ninth, yet Mariusz had shown all he could do versus Wladimir and he was yet to win a round (on this author’s card, at least), so there was a clear argument that to spare the challenger further punishment, pulling him out of the bout would have been wise.

Despite his inferior skills, Wach did possess things that Klitschko detractors claim Wladimir lacks – a sturdy chin and durability. Wach survived the tenth, the 11th and in the 12th, ate numerous straight right leads. The Viking took a massive beating… but he did manage to hear the final bell.

The result – one never in doubt – was a unanimous decision in favour of Klitschko, who made a successful 14th straight defence of his current belt collection (WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO).

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Photo: Wladimir Klitschko and Mariusz Wach weigh-in and face-off

9 Nov

Photo credit: Michaelsterlingeaton.com

Unified (WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO) heavyweight world championship challenger Mariusz Wach has height, reach and weight advantages over defending champion Wladimir Klitschko at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, November 10 as the unheralded Pole scaled in at 251lbs to Klitschko’s 247lbs during the official weigh-in earlier today. Wach is almost two clear inches taller than his adversary and has a one inch greater wingspan, also.

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Credit: Michaelsterlingeaton.com

Credit: Michaelsterlingeaton.com

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Wladimir Klitschko steelhammers Tony Thompson down and out, wins sixth round TKO

8 Jul

Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Photo: Team Klitschko

Dominant IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3-0, 51ko), 36, extended his undefeated run to 16 wins on the spin, incorporating 13 by way of knockout and 12 title defences during that spell as, on Saturday, July 7 at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland, he halted mandatory challenger and tall southpaw Tony Thompson (36-3-0, 24ko) in the sixth round.

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Wladimir steelhammered Thompson down in the fifth and finished the fight early in the sixth

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Seth Mitchell wants to add final nail to Chazz Witherspoon’s coffin (otherwise his own will be in production)

19 Apr

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Unbeaten American heavyweight hope, the skillful headhunter Seth Mitchell, is banking on hammering in the final nail on Chazz Witherspoon‘s professional boxing coffin as it will further propel him into international stardom and a potential fight with one of the dominant Klitschko siblings; WBC incumbent Vitali and WBA/WBO/IBF unified champion Wladimir. Mitchell boxes Witherspoon on April 28 inside the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

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Seth can continue rising fame with strong victory over Chazz. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“To say that I don’t think about [a fight with a Klitschko], I would be lying,” confessed Mitchell, two weeks prior to his highly-anticipated examination with 30-year-old gatekeeper Witherspoon (30-2-0, 22ko).

Mitchell (24-0-1, 18ko) has fast earned a reputation for silky moves and monstrous power, the latter quality, however, has ensured he has oft left the ring in order to go for an early bath as 72 percent of his opponents are separated from their senses. Questions, therefore, have arisen over whether Mayhem can endure 12 rounds; a feat he has yet to accomplish.

“It’s my first time being scheduled for 12 rounds [but] I’m not worried… at all,” the Maryland native said, before explaining how he and his team are readying themselves for 36 minutes of fisticuffs. “We do a lot of our training on a punch count, just picking up my punch, you know, 200 punches a round, 250-260 punches a round, and increasing my sparring rounds.

“I spar 12 rounds straight with various sparring partners coming in and out. Increasing my roll now, just doing the right thing. I’m always a fighter. If you look at my weight, I’ve always come in at a pretty good-because just to stay weight, the heaviest I’ve ever been going up to my average is 243 in 25 fights. I’m not worried about going 12 rounds.”

Mitchell, though, was swift to ensure reporters knew of his “respect for Chazz”. He said: “His record speaks for itself. I consider him to be fundamentally sound. He’s a good technical boxer and he comes to fight. He throws a lot of punches. [It’s] just making me sharpen up my game, cross my t’s and dot my i’s.”

On his tactics for the fight, Mitchell disclosed: “I’m not going to go out there reckless. I’m just going to dictate, stay behind my jab. I believe if I put my punches together and stay with my game plan, I could get him out of there but I’m definitely going to be prepared to go hard 12 rounds. I do want to be impressive. I don’t want my knockout streak to stop but at the same time, I’ll go out there to be smart.

“I’m an entertaining fighter… win, lose, or draw, I’m coming to fight and the fans will be entertained. But I definitely… I expect to win. This might be the nail in the coffin for Chazz if he loses this fight, but if I lose this fight, my coffin is going to be in production.

“I’m not ready for my coffin to be in production yet.”

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Klitschko and Thompson to duke it out in summer but Tony unimpressed with Wladimir’s ‘infomercial’ with Mormeck

9 Mar

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As Wladimir Klitschko (57-3-0, 50ko) made easy work of his voluntary opponent, Jean Marc Mormeck (36-5-0, 22ko) Saturday, March 3 in Germany, a 6’5, 255 lb heavyweight southpaw was watching from the United States knowing he ‘Got Next’. That man was Tony Thompson (36-2-0, 24ko), the IBF mandatory challenger for Wladamir in a bout to take place no later than mid-July.

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Wladimir's fourth round knockout of ex cruiserweight Mormeck did strike fear into the Tiger. Credit: Public Address

“I wasn’t really impressed with either performance,” said Thompson, who has won five knockouts on the trot since his first bout with Wlad, an 11th round kayo in 2008. “It was an infomercial at best. Mormeck is a tough cruiserweight but he’s not an impressive opponent for the heavyweight champion of the world.”

Thompson thought: “It was interesting that it seemed that Wladimir mentioned everyone in the division but me. I knew my shot was next, and I’m doing everything to solely focus on beating him. I just want to fight, point blank. It doesn’t matter to me where it takes place. If he wants to come over here, great. If he wants to fight in Germany thats great too.”

The two fought back in 2008, when Wladimir stopped The Tiger in round 11, making Tony one of only seven fighters to make it to round 11 in the decorated champions 60 fights. But, more importantly, many believe it was the most competitive bout in Wladimir’s last eleven defenses.

Tony is fully recovered from injuries that had prevented him from entering his first bout with Wladimir at 100 percent and, after Eddie Chambers was forced to withdraw from an October fight with Tony, the IBF declared that Thompson had emerged victorious from the four-man gauntlet as the IBF mandatory challenger for the world champion.

“I’m ready,” said Thompson. “I’m done waiting for this part of my life to be over and I’m looking forward to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.”

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Fight Photos: Gunshy Mormeck was cannon-fodder for Klitschko’s booming battering rams

8 Mar

 Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Pictures: Public Address/Klitschko

Prior to last weekend, unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko had likened challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck‘s work-rate to boxing’s erstwhile badman Mike Tyson but the performance on fight night – March 3 at the ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf – mirrored Audley Harrison’s timid display against David Haye in 2010. Klitschko dominated and triumphed by way of fourth round knockout against a gun-shy pugilist dubbed The Marksman.

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Klitschko extended his reign as the 'Super' WBA/WBO (pictured, background)/IBO/IBF/The Ring heavyweight world champ

Klitschko towered over the 5'11 Mormeck who was unable to circumvent the height disparity, Wlad's jab or the right cross

Wlad connected with 26/70 of his power shots… Mormeck landed two. Combined with one paltry jab

Jean-Marc was dropped in rounds two and four, unable to continue because of a crafty left hook

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David Haye and Vitali Klitschko speak out over speculated showdown

4 Mar

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Prominent heavyweight pair David Haye of London and Vitali Klitschko of Kyiv have reiterated their interest in boxing the other this weekend as the Briton explained via his official Twitter account that he is “ready to rumble” with the long-reigning champion of the WBC title, while Vitali, speaking after the emphatic conclusion of his younger brother Wladimir’s victory of Jean Marc Mormeck, stated he would give Haye a “title shot“.

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Haye struggled to assert himself versus Wladimir but has campaigned for a Vitali match. Credit: Public Address

“Hi everybody, hello to England,” said Vitali (44-2-0, 40ko) when addressing British broadcaster Sky Sports.

With Wladimir’s four round annihilation of Mormeck and Vitali’s own bruising encounter with game Briton Dereck Chisora in February, there are already questions over whom the dominant Klitschko brothers will match-up with next.

Despite Haye’s surrender at the fists of Wladimir last summer in a high-profile heavyweight unification, the two-weight world champion has campaigned for a shot at Vitali… something the 40-year-old prizefighter has oft been receptive to. The duo have their own rivalry, with Vitali appalled at the disrespect Haye showed the Ukrainian siblings during the promotion for the Hayemaker’s bout with Wlad.

“This [a contest with Haye] would be great,” said Klitschko the elder, dubbed Dr Ironfist due to his 86 percent knockout rate with notable stoppages over Tomasz Adamek, Odlanier Solis and Chris Arreola. “David Haye is not world champion anymore. I [will] give him [a] title shot,” Vitali added.

Vitali and Wladimir together present themselves as ambassadors to the sport. The former even has respectable pursuits outside of pugilism as he is heavily involved in politics in his homeland, however, the brawling scene that overshadowed his victory over Chisora – the notorious “glass” laden scuffle between Del Boy and Haye – has left Vitali asking for fighters to respect each other outside of the ring.

“Chisora attacked David Haye and Haye needed to defend himself,” he commented. “It’s bad for boxing. It’s not just street fighting. It’s not MMA. We need respect for our opponent.”

Back to the prospective Haye showdown, Vitali said in a concluding statement: “You never know… in [the] next months Klitschko [could] fight David Haye; I will be happy to fight him and knock him out!”

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