“Leapai is Tyson now is he”
he hasn’t been knocked out as much as mike. tyson would have gotten knocked out 6 times if he didn’t bite holyfield’s ears. he saved himself by the bites, so only 5 times.Posted April 29, 2014 12:11 pm
New Deal…, You’re a dummy… You wouldn’t know fistic talent if it knocked you cold.. Who ever defended better than Wladimir??? Boytsov won all kinds of amateur championships and Leapai beat the living crap out of him.
Leapai couldn’t even land a decent punch on Wladimir. Wladimir has 200 amateur fights and 65 pro fights.. He’s a master.
Plus Americans Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings would beat the crap out of Ali… Ali was a very poor defender who got beaten have to death by a 6-0-1 pro when he was only 36 …. Wladimir is 38.Posted April 27, 2014 10:43 pm
@PRP, Laj and some others. O.K. Its my look of view and I say that the HW Division is weak. Everybody witnessed it yesterday. Ok. I have no Idea of boxing, but you brothers are fanatic of something. I have no idea of boxing, and you will school me about boxing? You will tell me that these guys are high class? I tell you, these guys also would never have a chance against champions of the older decades. They would take them for sparring but nothing else. Its not Klits fault but its a fact. Tell your stories to your grandma or a blind. The fight yesterday is only one example for the disgrace of HW-boxing of today. The show before the fight matters more than the fight itself. The “fight” itself was a freakshow.Posted April 27, 2014 2:31 pm
Leapai is Tyson now is he
How about you go somewhere quiet and punch yourself in the face . . . . . HardPosted April 26, 2014 9:43 am
Repeat of Lewis v Tyson. Leapai retires bloody and broken, round 11.Posted April 26, 2014 5:00 am
the 90″s was a great era for hw PEDS.Posted April 26, 2014 3:05 am
Cooney had no success in the tough 1980’s. But he did smash those weak 1970’s heavyweights like Norton, Lyle, and Young.Posted April 26, 2014 2:33 am
The 80’s were much stronger than the 70’s for heavyweights.
In the 1980’s You had: Holmes, Witherspoon, Cooney, Berbick, Coetzee, Weaver, Smith, Bruno, Michael Spinks, Tyson, Doaks, Page, Tubbs, and Tate all fighting in the decade. All of them were champs expect for Cooney — who simply gave up and didn’t try after Holmes kicked his ass in.
The 90’s were much stronger than the 80’s, and the last decade was stronger yet… Heavyweights are bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilled than ever now… The large slice of the planet that is currently producing the best heavyweights wasn’t even allowed to develop professional boxers in the 1970’s and 1980’s.Posted April 25, 2014 6:48 pm
DMX said: ‘But 90′s more than made up for it
noPosted April 25, 2014 4:23 pm
are the klitschkos brothers the greatest of all time? of course they are, of course!!!!!!!!!!Posted April 25, 2014 4:12 pm
thank god for lucas brown and david price.Posted April 25, 2014 3:40 pm
Yes 80’s fat coke snorting heavyweights were sh!t with title belts passed around like Lindsey Lohan
But 90’s more than made up for it
Rose colored and American tinted glasses. I am American and I can admit it, just some can’t.Posted April 25, 2014 2:54 pm
could you imagine henry cooper in the h/w division,i think people tend to view history through rose tinted glasses.We tend to forget the poor champions of the 80s,belts thrown in dustbins to avoid fighting the challenger and the numerous small h.w of the 70s who wouldnt stand a cat in hells chance today.Posted April 25, 2014 2:50 pm
BILLY NO MEDALS ALL AMERICAN BOY
AKA THE NOB BELOW!!LOLPosted April 25, 2014 2:46 pm
a fat australian sheep dipper fighting in germany for a crack at one of six belts. cant wait. LOL.Posted April 25, 2014 2:42 pm
70’s Heavys were too small
We have not had one in the HW Division for a whilePosted April 25, 2014 2:38 pm
the 90″s was far better than today. but not as good as the 70″s.Posted April 25, 2014 2:25 pm
@laj Hiya. We’ll educate some of these folks yet!! :)Posted April 25, 2014 1:45 pm
Errr . . . .
Jeeezz . . . .Posted April 25, 2014 1:40 pm
Good post JJ, some people just haven’t looked at the facts enough. The average weight of Ali’s opponents was 201 lbs. I grew up in the Ali era. I remember the serious talk of Wilt fighting Ali because the division had run out of credible opponents, so instead he fought the worst heavyweight champion in the history of the sport Leon Spinks. Can you imagine the howling if Wald fought anyone with 7 fights and one of those was a draw??? Every fight generation has the same the division sucks now comments.Posted April 25, 2014 1:36 pm
The Klitschkos are top 10 if Frazier, Liston and Dempsey are. Get a grip. Here’s some boxers who got a shot at Ali by the way : Brian London lol!, Henry Cooper, Mildenberger, Richard bloody Dunn for godsakes, Bugner, Wepner, Evangalista, a seven fight novice like Spinks etc. The fact Ali went life and death with Frazier all three times and the same with Norton says it all! He beat a dumb Foreman who hammered Frazier twice. Ali had two strange fights with Liston who many people think quit both times! Joe Louis went on A Bum Of The Month Tour…look into the history of the division and learn. Educate yourselves!Posted April 25, 2014 1:23 pm
Again BMX, no specifics, years ago there was no Cruiserwieght, so all these men are plenty big enough for the heavyweights of old. It was a 185 lb Copper and 188 lb Doug Jones that floored Ali, so yeah they would have been big enough years ago. 200-215 lbs was a good size heavyweight years ago. They are not big enough now, but then neither are a lot of the heavy’s from years gone by. While I would not have some of these names on my top ten list and they are no on Rings top ten, they are still overall a good group of heavyweights that come in shape and are dedicated to their craft. All of them could certainly stretch your –hole out.Posted April 25, 2014 1:07 pm
No I recognise them
All in all they are sh!t and NONE of them would have made the Top 20 years ago
Get ready for another HUG-RATHON…Posted April 25, 2014 12:39 pm
So DMX, are you also saying you don’t recognize these fighters either. If so I think we have the answer on your opinion.Posted April 25, 2014 12:31 pm
“both known for simply getting behind their jab and recording shutout points victories.”
Auauthor of this piece should not forget that Vitali has one of the highest KO percentages of a heavyweight ever. Odd how some writers here say that the K brothers stink, yet they’ve dominated all comers. They certainly are not as exciting as a prime Tyson, but no worse than the great Larry Holmes.Posted April 25, 2014 12:25 pm
Yours is stretched beyond recognition . .Posted April 25, 2014 12:24 pm
DMX opinions are like —holes, we all have one, yours is just intellectually challenged.Posted April 25, 2014 12:13 pm
All of themPosted April 25, 2014 11:57 am
Apparently New Deal doesn’t follow boxing and knows nothing of the opponents. There isn’t one person on the list that has stamina issues or comes into a fight out of condition (with the occasional padding Thompson carries). While I don’t think any are in Wlads class they are all high quality and well known in the boxing community. So obviously if New Deal knows nothing about any of them, he is not part of the boxing community. Simple logic.Posted April 25, 2014 11:47 am
Slow short with limited skills, grabimir just loves to line them up, another bum ripe for some hiding.Posted April 25, 2014 11:30 am
leapai was on outback truckers last night.Posted April 25, 2014 10:55 am
Feeding Alex Leapai to Wlad at this point or any point in their careers
F*ck me, may as well roll them in breadcrumbs and ring the dinner bellPosted April 25, 2014 10:43 am
@DMX, GingerWhinger… well said!!Posted April 25, 2014 10:29 am
spot on brother.Posted April 25, 2014 10:28 am
New Deal, you are bang on about these cream puffs in the top ten, altho I will say the jury is out on Pulev, Stiverne and Arreola. But, you better duck, quick, because Lord TARK and his jester, Bears are going to come at you with both guns, trying to bully you into thinking this top ten could actually compete with the guys from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
I’ve said it before, if we had performance-related pay for boxers like we do in the real world, then the lighter weight fighters would be getting paid like managers and the heavyweights and cruisers would be getting paid like janitors!Posted April 25, 2014 10:23 am
Older fight fans bang on about the 70’s era of Heavyweights
Happy Days . . .Posted April 25, 2014 9:46 am
New Deal is correct,the top ten suck,any decent heavyweight in any era would have beaten any of them.Frank Bruno would beat most of them,asides from maybe Stiverne.That’s no slight on Frank,he was just a limited fighter in a good era,but it highlights just how bad the situation is now.Wlad looks unbeatable,because of the weakness of the division,his total dedication to always being in shape and totally ready,and the unique physical gifts of being both large and athletic.The aspect of Wlad that I’ve come to appreciate,yet is lost on some,is how mentally he is able to prepare himself to treat even the weakest opponent imaginable as a threat and prepare accordingly.That in itself,is a major success trait.boxing is littered with champs that took an opponent lightly,or couldn’t psychologically “get up” to fight a lesser opponent,where they saw no challenge.Look at Lennox,he took Rahman lightly,thought Rahman was so crap that he didn’t bother to acclimate to the altitude in SA,and paid the price.So,although Wlad’s grabbing and uber caution is not to my liking,he’s done a tremendous job,whether fighting solid opponents or cannon fodder like Leapai,Pianeta,Wach etc.He treats his preparations just the same.We all would like to see Wlad tested against a formidable opponent,yet,as far as I can tell,there are none available right now.Posted April 25, 2014 9:39 am
The problem is to find a real opponent. These are the Top 10 of todays HW-Division:
On another note, the author repeatedly refers to attributes that Haye has — in the present tense, as though Haye is still relevent.
He lost. Wlad made it look easy, and he did it with a full arsenal.Posted April 25, 2014 8:16 am
Everyone has a chance respect for just being there alex .Posted April 25, 2014 8:06 am
You accuse the Klitschkos of merely using the jab and getting “shutout points victories.”
Odd….both Wlad and Vitali rank among the highest KO percentages of any heavyweight champ in HISTORY. Maybe you meant to say they were on their way to a shutout points victory before they BRUTALLY KNOCKED THEIR OPPONENT OUT.
Can’t believe you missed that one. It’s your boys Mayweather and Hopkins who make the boring points victories. Get it right.Posted April 25, 2014 8:06 am
The samoan like ALL others is boastful and full of confidence till hes standing across the ring right before the bell. They get the shakes and then once they taste just the jab they realize they have zero chance but they supply a few rounds of punching bag. Sometimes like Austin they cant take the warm up rounds. These are not bums as they are the mandatory fighter. No champion has ever seemed so unbeatable for so long since joe Louis.Posted April 25, 2014 7:54 am
fight Pulev or take away the IBF belt. IBF ain’t cream of the cream anymore. Pulev may have to fight somebody else again to be mandatory.Posted April 25, 2014 7:03 am
Alex Leapai is his mandatory
But yes, I cannot think of a bigger mismatch since Joe Louis had his famous “bum of the month” campaign
I am not calling Leapai a bum
Funny think is sooner or later Wladimir will wipe out all of the fighters whose left. No matter what people say he is one of the best ever…Posted April 25, 2014 6:39 am
This fight is a colossal mismatch,it’s an elite HW fighting something not far removed from a club fighter.I’m at a loss as to where some people get the idea that Leapai is a destructive puncher-he’s not,he couldn’t stop denis Boystov,he’s a cumbersome,slow,relatively unskilled HW with poor defence.As I said on another post,Leapai makes Mariusz Wach look like Fred Astaire.I wish Leapai luck,and give him credit for fighting Wlad,but this is all about levels.Wlad is just putting more cash in the bank,but he really needs to fight some credible opponents.Pianeta,Mormeck,Wach the walking wardrobe,now leapai.It’s a waste of Wlad’s talent and dilutes his resume.These type of opponents are usually saved for when a fighter is done and just needs to make some cash with lame opponents.Posted April 25, 2014 6:30 am
O.K. Wlad is the world champion for many years. Congratulations! O.K. he is not boring, he is a hell of a boxer, he unifies everything we want to see in boxing. He destroyed and outboxed everyone. He fought the greatest since Ali-Frazier. Everybody loves him and wants to see him. He is the ATG of the ATGs. A absolut thrilling fighter. On Saturday once again we will be witness of a great fight against one of the greatest and most dangerous fighters of the world. The great Leapai. Nobody fougt such dangerous fighters ever. Do you remember the great fight against ATG Jean Marc Mormeck, Tony Thompson, Mariusz Wach, Francesco Pianetta and last but not least the ATG Alexander Povetkin. It is unbelievable! I can´t wait for the fight but I am afraid that I will fall asleep during the second and third round.Posted April 25, 2014 5:30 am
the voice of reason
‘if he lands its goodnight’…….oh really? klitschko has been hit flush in the chops by many world class punchers and hasnt moved an inch. The myth about this mans supposed ‘glass jaw’ is just plain ridiculous. Lennox lewis had a glass jaw too right? after all, he was sparked with one punch ko’s twice in his career. Likewise tyson, another glass jaw. etc etc. give me a breakPosted April 25, 2014 4:33 am
Alex will pee the bed tonight and then ask to get in with Rick Thornberry
Wlad looks like a boxing monster in that open workout vid compared to Lepai.Posted April 25, 2014 1:12 am
Hoppa has just been getting his finger ready for Wilder.Posted April 25, 2014 12:55 am
Wladimir all the way. Keep making history champ.Posted April 25, 2014 12:29 am
It`s difficult to train an American as a good butler though, since it requires they stop eating for 10 minutesPosted April 24, 2014 10:22 pm
Fact is John Hopoate would give Wilder all he could handle.
Wilder doesn`t like it up im.Posted April 24, 2014 10:21 pm
Americans would do well to pay Australia a bit more respect given the fact that our economy isn`t in the bin, and we could buy all of you and make you our butlers.Posted April 24, 2014 10:20 pm
Don`t forget Barry Hall and Brown-finger Hopoate, piechucker.
Australia specialises in the multisport superstar.
Americans would do well to pay Australia a bit more respect given the fact that our economy isn`t in the bin, and we could buy all of you and make you our butlers.Posted April 24, 2014 10:20 pm
testPosted April 24, 2014 10:19 pm
know it all – boxing is a miniscule sport in Australia, yet we’ve still produced many fine fighters (les darcy, jeff fenech, jeff harding, lionel rose etc etc) our culture is based around sport, sport is everything in Australia, hence our standing as a world sporting superpower. australias results for our population size are head and shoulders above any other nation on earthPosted April 24, 2014 9:55 pm
He`s longer than Lewis too. Apparently he is packing 14 inches of Ukrainian Salami down there.
First time he shoved that in Hayden he spleen popped out of her ear.Posted April 24, 2014 9:54 pm
New Years Eve 2017, mark it down in your diary.Posted April 24, 2014 8:53 pm
Get off him PEEJ before I citizens arrest you for rapePosted April 24, 2014 8:40 pm
Yeah, feel the steelhammer.
OKay I am done now PEEJ, stop you little vacuum cleaner.
I said STOP.Posted April 24, 2014 8:40 pm
Mmmmmmwhph….mmmmm….gobble……** cough** slurp…..hmmmmmmmmmmPosted April 24, 2014 8:39 pm
Wait PEEJ let me unzip, don`t be too keenPosted April 24, 2014 8:38 pm
That means you PEEJ, touch up your lipstick and get down there.Posted April 24, 2014 8:38 pm
It`s time for the doubters to get down on their knees and pay some homage to Wlad the way Hayden does.Posted April 24, 2014 8:37 pm
This fight will be another case off the other feeling the power of vlads jab/right hand and shutting up shop for the rest of the fight, infact leapai doesn’t know how to get inside plus Johnson stopped him with a body punch so I expect vlad to work the body and have leapai out of there before 5!Posted April 24, 2014 7:39 pm
“If Wlad keeps winning for a couple more years, people will b forced to giv him the credit he deserves.” – They’ve been saying that for years already. Some will never give Wlad credit regardless of the fact he’s beaten all of the best heavyweights of his era while ducking nobody and piling on the 2nd most title defenses in heavyweight history. Facts don’t matter, they’re just haters.Posted April 24, 2014 7:32 pm
TARK the snitch. Did a citizens arrest on someone and got them sent to jail all because of a barking dog. You low life scumbag Tark.Posted April 24, 2014 6:27 pm
white boy day
Vlads last fight was ridiculous. Its not boxing punch and.clinch punch and clinch. Its hard to watch. Can we get a ref that could maybe take a point from time to time for holding please!Posted April 24, 2014 6:20 pm
Right.., And Wladimir got crushed by Corrie Sanders. That was a long time ago. He’s a completely different fighter with a higher skillset.
Leapai isn’t the same heavyweight who fought KJ 6 fights and 2 years ago. He’s had a lot of time to improve on that valuable lesson. You saw it in the Boytsov fight.
Nontheless… Walimir is taking him out.Posted April 24, 2014 5:05 pm
Know it all
Just hearing “Australian” lets me know this will be an epic mismatch. When has there EVER been a truly elite fighter from there? Let alone a heavyweight. Leapai seems to have heart but if he got crushed by Kevin Johnson we all can pretty much predict what gonna happen this weekend.Posted April 24, 2014 4:30 pm
an australian heavyweight.LMAO.Posted April 24, 2014 3:00 pm
Just The Facts
Umm, Maxmus, Wilder has been a sparring partner for Wlad…he don’t last 5 rds. with The Champ!!Posted April 24, 2014 2:35 pm
anyone for a hugPosted April 24, 2014 1:43 pm
hey teflon..u seem to 4get a big hitter with the name of cory sanders.. the next one`s called deontay wilder.. but clinschko will never face him.. he`ll just duck him like he did chisorra a couple of years back..thats the sad state of the hw division now.. all big money and no boxing..ufc rules…Posted April 24, 2014 1:41 pm
hey treeve…u really hit the nail on the head…well said..Posted April 24, 2014 1:35 pm
If Wlad keeps winning for a couple more years, people will b forced to giv him the credit he deserves. I don’t love watching him fight, but he takes on everyone. He ducks nobody. (Apart from his brother!). There’s plenty of fighters who don’t do that.Posted April 24, 2014 1:24 pm
This fight has David Tua/ Lennox Lewis written all over it.
Wlad should stay back, stick the jab, move, tie him up, and win an easy decision.
Only throw hard punches when Leapai is tired– and even then only before a clinch.
The people who hate Wlad hate him for being smart.
He knows he can only lose if he chooses not to fight intelligently.
People want to see him in a brawl because they know that isn’t his strength– and would likely result in him being KO’ed.
By refusing to engage in brawls, he has become rich, successful, and one of the greatest of all times.
People want heavy metal, Wlad gives them contemporary jazz instead.
Brilliant.Posted April 24, 2014 1:00 pm
No one can beat the Klitschko brothers its like fighting a giant you cant get around the jab. Emmanuel perfected them to what they are today…Posted April 24, 2014 12:58 pm
Klitschko to win in 5 or 6 rounds. Leapai might be the best Leapai he’s ever been, but he’ll have to have a Buster Douglas-Mike Tyson monumental upset type performance, and in that one, Buster was the big tall guy! I’ve seen Leapai on video a few times and really, he shouldn’t come close to beating Wlad…Posted April 24, 2014 12:29 pm
Hi Bill, for the most part I agree with your analysis, but his fight against Wach was fun to watch with a lot of clean power shots and very little clinching. Wlad looked very sharp in that fight. Wach just had a great chin. Haye said you would have to hit him with a baseball bat to win. Povetkin was terrible, and did him harm, but agaion he dominated against an unbeaten champion with a gold medal that had never been knocked down.Posted April 24, 2014 12:12 pm
get ready for another great night of heavyweight wrestling.Posted April 24, 2014 11:48 am
suresh by your reckoning Floyd is boring, Rigo is boring, Ward is boring, as well … because they all totally dominate.Posted April 24, 2014 11:44 am
This writer talks about Wlads jab etc and boxing skill. DOES this writer know theres a bludgeoning right hand waiting to unload. These guys should know the challenger has other problems then the pole length jab and its a right hand that waits for those getting close. Ask calvin brock about the right hand or byrd and ask ray austin if those lefts were jabs. Why don’t the writers give a all time great his due.Posted April 24, 2014 11:39 am
Yeah and when has Wlad been knocked out cold with one punch. I wish these idiots who critisize Klitschko wouldn’t make things up.Posted April 24, 2014 11:39 am
Wladimir is the most boring heavyweight champion I have ever seen in my life. He’s so predictable, one-two-hold, that it’s unbelievable.Posted April 24, 2014 11:37 am
Bill I agree with all of your comments except one thing, Tyson Fury is a bum. I think Anthony Joshua would beat him right now, but his crew are being cautious with him, which makes sense when you take into account the vast amounts of money they can make with Anthony in the future. I think Tyson’s cousin Hughie is better, just not ready for Tyson yet. The one thing Tyson has got is size, other than that he’s crap. He’s been decked on several occasions by bums. In his last fight he looked awful again. Tyson Fury is very lucky to remain unbeaten. Chisora is too small and doesn’t hit hard enough to beat him. Joshua will smash Fury to bits in a 18 months time.Posted April 24, 2014 11:33 am
hiPosted April 24, 2014 11:31 am
This is not to spark a debate about how the Klitschko’s rank historically. It is to disprove the writer’s ridiculous statement about cruising to points victories.
Bill Patrice Jones
Hopefully this is the last terrible title defense for Wladimir for a while because far more interesting opponents will be right around the corner if he wins. Klitschko was on a tremendous run between 2006 and 2011. I enjoyed his clean up of the last vestiges of American heavyweight contendership beating the likes of; Chris Byrd, Lamon Brewster, Tony T and Hasim Rahman. I also think he then completely peaked between 2009 and 2011. The versions of Ruslan Chagaev, Eddie Chambers, Samuel Peter rematch and David Haye were NOT easy challenges and any heavyweight out there today would have struggled in all of those fights Wladimir barely lost 2 rounds. However, post Haye with the exception of the Thompson rematch his opponents have been mostly awful and his performance levels have dropped. He looked as bad against Povetkin as I can ever remember seeing him. Given that he’s supposedly in his prime I would actually say that is his worst winning performance of all time. He looked so disinterested, lazy, tired and has never ever clinched as criminally as that. I’m one of his biggest supporters but that performance disgusted me a little bit. I desperately want to see Wladimir finally score an impressive looking early knockout of Lepai. A nice sharp KO inside of three rounds, of which he is more than capable. This would set him up nicely for the Tyson Fury mega fight providing he gets past Chisora (and I pray he does because Derek is tailor made for Klitschko). Wladimir Vs Fury in my opinion will be a fascinating, very competitive and highly entertaining fight.Posted April 24, 2014 11:02 am
Wlad can only beat who is in front of him, and if it’s 12 rounds so be it. Wlad is a great heavyweight world champion. One of the best ever. And his brother was even better. Fact is they are both two of the best of all time.Posted April 24, 2014 10:54 am
Khan’s Cuz Achmed
Everyone hates Wlad. Period.Posted April 24, 2014 10:50 am
The writer says, “with both known for simply getting behind their jab and recording shutout points victories.” This is just another example of sports writers and commentators in the English speaking world simply not knowing what they’re talking about when they discuss the Klitschkos. THE KLITSCHKOS HAVE MUCH HIGHER KO % THAN MOST OF THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS IN HISTORY. Yet the writer makes this statement. Then he goes on to reveal how mystified he is by Wladimir’s victory over Haye and others. The writer leaves out champions that Klitschko has beaten. The fact that these writers, commentators can’t figure out why Klitschko dominates everybody shows that these writers simply don’t know what they’re talking about. Klitschko’s victory over Haye was brought about by his FAST and beautiful footwork, which completely nullified Haye’s tactics. But these writers will go on and on about jab and grab and other myths. How many times did he clinch Haye? Not many. Klitschko adapts to the fighters he fights. Klitschko adapted to Povetkin coming in low and took him down with a perfect lead check hook. THE FIRST TIME POVETKIN HAD EVER BEEN KNOCKED DOWN AMATEUR OR PRO. After that Povetkin would come in low and wrap his arms around Klitschko. But these writers who seem to only want Klitschko to lose have something negative to say no matter what he does. We need better writers. We need better trainers. The anglo American trainers still haven’t figured out anything effective against either Klitschko and Vitali was never trained by Emmanuel Steward. All these trainers think that some pressure fighter is the way to beat a Klitschko and they prove them wrong time after time. WAKE UP!!!Posted April 24, 2014 10:32 am
12 round yawner alertPosted April 24, 2014 10:07 am
Give him a black bowler hat and stick him in a James Bond film
Odd Job will be sparked in 8 rounds . . .Posted April 24, 2014 10:05 am