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Pulev as worked hard for this fight. He has more than once expressed interest in fighting Wlad. Pulev is Wlad’s IBF mandatory, but now, it looks like Pulev will fight the winner of the Fury-Cunningham fight. Pulev-Wlad 2013!

Posted March 2, 2013 9:08 am 


Everyone wladimere klitchko faces is a mismatch . .dont you get it! teddy atalas saysklitchko is all hype but he wont put his guy in with the hype

Posted March 1, 2013 8:13 pm 


to the klitchko haters you say its povekin who klitchko is avoiding . ok thanks I didnt know that

Posted March 1, 2013 7:49 pm 

Unbiased Dane

gray : the fact is everyone is too scared fighting Wlad, they know they wont have eny chance.
About the purse the Klitschko´s pay their victims. Was it eny different with other champions ? Dont think so. And about Povetkin he is an absolute joke, people would like to see him take a beating, simply because he is nothing but a paperchamp.

Posted March 1, 2013 7:43 pm 


I agree I’d like to see Klubrat get the title shot. The only problem I had with him was that near loss to Travis Walker, he’s looked great otherwise.

Posted March 1, 2013 7:00 pm 


Good points, Nicolas. Holmes did fight Shavers (a difficult fight) twice–always fun to youtube the one where Shavers knocked him on his butt! I do believe some of the fighters I listed as defenses for Ali were during his first reign–I’ll double check the books. I always have thought Wlad as a European version of Larry Holmes–that is as far as their stand-up, left jab fighting style. I wish Wlad would defend three to four times a year, I’d like to see him finish with about twenty defenses like Holmes. I thought Haye would be his Cooney. Not the case however, Cooney took it like a man–Haye just talked.

Posted March 1, 2013 6:53 pm 


4 of dereck chisoras last 5 opponents are helnious, Haye, Vitali klitscko & fury ok officially he lost them fights but at least he is getting stuck in more than you can say for the klitscko sisters

Posted March 1, 2013 6:11 pm 


so basically they have picked the only fighter in the division who is left who is willing to fight for peanuts. the klitsckos talk about being gentleman and there legacy as champions but the fact is they will drop the belts rather than see poetkin get 25% the cheap b4stards. i think it was buncey who said the klitsckos put on events but not fights…. hence the reason they fight in germany

Posted March 1, 2013 5:47 pm 


SDVC, a contender or challenger of some note… I mean if this is the best that can be done then whatever… This is NOT the first SOFT opponent its the 4th in a row!

Posted March 1, 2013 12:57 pm 


Wlad-Pulev 2013!

Posted March 1, 2013 5:06 am 


SREDMOND: who should he be facing per your view?

Posted March 1, 2013 4:54 am 



Posted February 28, 2013 7:46 pm 


To all you wlad klitchko haters I want to join you in your hatered of wlad klitchko . so far I havent had a reason so name me one deserving fighter who wlad is avoiding . one serious threat .I waiting

Posted February 28, 2013 5:49 pm 


Wlad had a solid run when he was beating Brock, Chagaev, Ibragimov, Chambers, and Byrd… But this current slew of mopes is watering down his legacy, I mean how many NO HOPER’s is he going to face while people treat the bouts as if they are real competitions or solid fighters?

Posted February 28, 2013 4:52 pm 


Ali, has his GREAT fighters and victories on his resume.. NONE of this can vacate the SAD 4 opponents Wlad has fought in succession… A guy he knocked out before who was not beating World Class comp, 2 nobodies with seriously padded record (Wach and Pianeta) and an OLD inactive Cruiser who had been knocked out by David Haye when he was still relevant…. Woeful succession of fighters!

Posted February 28, 2013 2:47 pm 


Again review Mohammed Ali’s and Larry Holmes’s weak opponents. Holmes: Lorenzo Zanon, Scott Ledoux, Lucien Rodriguez, Scott Frank, Marvis Frazier, David Bey and Bonecrusher(14 fights). Ali: Evangelista, Richard Dunn, Jean Pierre Coopeman, Rudi Lubbers, Chuck Wepner, small Bob Foster, Juergen Blin, Brian London. I’m sure there was a “Meatball” thrown in there somewhere’s–perhaps Wepner’s avatar Rocky?

Posted February 28, 2013 1:32 pm 


Again review Mohammed Ali’s and Larry Holmes’s weak opponents. Holmes: Lorenzo Zanon, Scott Ledoux, Lucien Rodriguez, Scott Frank, Marvis Frazier, David Bey and Bonecrusher(14 fights). Ali: Evangelista, Richard Dunn, Jean Pierre Coopeman, Rudi Lubbers, Chuck Wepner, small Bob Foster, Juergen Blin, Brian London.

Posted February 28, 2013 1:29 pm 


Thre K-Brothers are champions ! They can choose and fight ANYbody THEY choose in a VOLUNTARY
defense . If you don’t like it , don’t watch it ! Belive me NO one will notice or care .

Posted February 28, 2013 1:26 pm 


Price–I already forgot. I’m sure he’ll be back, just like after the Roberto Cammarelle fight.

Posted February 28, 2013 1:22 pm 


Very true. Also no one ever brings up Larry Holmes or Mo Ali’s opponents half of which were club fighters at best.

Posted February 28, 2013 1:09 pm 


The Tony Thompson arguement in the last paragraph is invalid due to Tony destroying the great English Olympian whats his face.

Posted February 28, 2013 1:06 pm 


The world is bigger than the U.S. – Europeans will be watching Klitschko.

Posted February 28, 2013 12:17 pm 


SVDV, simple. Because Povetkin has a HISTORY of pulling out and postponing when the prospect of fighting Wlad arrives. Who is to say Povetkin wouldn’t do so again and cost Wlad MORE valuable time, as he has previously? By fighting a voluntary in may he is GUARANTEED a fight, with the Povetkin fight being mandated before a certain date (at the end of the summer, I can’t remember the exact date). In other words, Wlad is fighting this voluntary in May knowing that it’s inevitable he’ll have his WBA mandatory in the fight after. So, if Povetkin were to pull out again AFTER Wlad’s voluntary in May, then the coward will be stripped this time, since the fight has been ordered to happen by the end of Summer at the very latest. This was a very shrewd move by Wlad. If Wlad took on Povetkin in May instead, then the russian would still have time to play with and postpone (it’s in his nature). However, taking a voluntary first in may, and then Povetkin later in the summer, this has effectively pushed the russian on to the pot. If povetkin were to delay again, he’ll be stripped, simple as. Wlad is merely covering his own as here, to ensure he remains active. He knows all about people messing him around and losing time (cf. Povetkin and Haye).

Posted February 28, 2013 12:10 pm 


No matter how you slice it this is a seriously out of left field, unvetted NO HOPER that Wlad is about to get in the ring with… Reality is that his last 4 defenses have been really WEAK Wach, Thompson (had already knocked him out) Pinaeta and the dreadful Mormeck… If you think guys are not going to scoff thats not remotely realistic…Do you want us to pretend these fighters have ANY clout? They are NOT even contenders for Gods sake…

Posted February 28, 2013 11:59 am 


If Tony Thompson was such an easy opponent, he wouldn’t have knocked out David Price in the second round.

Posted February 28, 2013 11:56 am 


It matters not who WK fights whoever steps in to the rings will not leave same until beaten. WK is right now unbeatable and everybody knows it.

Posted February 28, 2013 11:41 am 


Matador-there is definitely an element of truth in there, but why go from Povetkin to Pianeta if the WBA orders Pov and Wlad to fight? There was no reason to postpone the Pov fight for Wlad

Posted February 28, 2013 9:44 am 


They said Wlad would never hold a title again, they said he would never avenge his losses, they said he would never beat Sam Peter….etc., etc., etc.

Every step of the way he thwarts the haters, but they never acknowledge they were wrong. They just make up new hates and repeat them like parrots. I guess they finally moved on from the long-standing “he’s boring, so he’s not a real HW champion” to the “he only fights second-rate challengers while ignoring the real contenders” line.

Posted February 28, 2013 9:28 am 


Pulev should take the fight with Stievene. That would be a war. Fury should take on Thompson after he beats Cunningham then he will be ready for Wlad. I want to see Wlad face Pulev and Fury 2013. It will happen

Posted February 28, 2013 9:19 am 


“You have to wonder what happened…?” Here’s what happened: David Haye was the only guy with a snowball’s chance, and Wlad beat him easily. What chance do the rest of them have?

Who should Wlad be fighting? Save your griping for those contenders, not Wlad. They’re the ones refusing to fight him. If you lose to Klitschko, that’s it. He’s not going anywhere, and you can’t move up in weight from HW. Best to go the Povetkin route, milk being a K-contender for all it’s worth without actually stepping up.

Posted February 28, 2013 9:05 am 


Oh please, Jennings would have had his posterior handed to him by Klitschko just as any other boxer who was foreseen to have beaten him.

Posted February 28, 2013 7:20 am 

willy boy

no matter who wladimere k faces some one wont be happpy . They say the guy he fighting is unworthy . If wlad wasnt the heavyweight champ it would be time for him to move up in weight .Wardis going to be in postion soon except he can move to light heavyweight

Posted February 28, 2013 5:40 am 


I have often defended Wlad for his poor opponents lately because indeed noone better was avaialble and/or willing to step it up. But now, Povetkin was forced to fight Wlad by the WBA. Why postpone that fight if Pianeta is the best you can get? This is not good

Posted February 28, 2013 5:23 am 


lol … who???? Has this guy slipped under the radar or is he another nobody?

Posted February 28, 2013 3:43 am 


Nicholas im glad you corrected my spelling of Jou Louis last name it was very silly of me of couse it not spelled the same way as lennox lewis last name is spelled . And what the are you ranting about whites secertly wanted a white champ. instead of joe louis . now you know what all white people secertly thought in the 1940? I secertly thought they loved joe louis . Joe lewis did fight what they called the bum of the month WAS Joe louis ducking blk fighters as you say I never heard that before . And as far as mike tyson first 20 fights you look at the names and tell me you reconize more then a few of them .besides Joe louis lat name want Louis

Posted February 28, 2013 3:29 am 

brick city

the heavyweight division is piss poor, I dont see how these guys can go down in history as the best heavyweights. smh

Posted February 28, 2013 3:03 am 


I do not klitchko brothers, but It’s their right. I surprised mandatory opponents come easy and once in two years. Some politics… This is heavyweight division, even Tony Thompson manged to KO, I couldn’t believe it was possible. No Emanuel around, none to manage Klit for the fight, it can be second Corey Sanders. Let’s watch.

Posted February 28, 2013 2:58 am 


Wow, just read the article. This Jeff Sorby hasn’t watched Pianeta at all and seems high on Jennings. Pianeta has better comp and is a better fighters. He reminds me of a HW version of Arthur Abraham how he stays in a shell defense and then tries to explode out on his opponents. I don’t think Wlad will let him get out of the shell and will probably split his guard with his jab, messing up Pianeta’s face. Jeff Sorby shouldn’t write articles.

Posted February 28, 2013 2:17 am 


Shoot… I like Pianeta. He has massive power, but this is way to early. The need to get him a little more experience at the top level. I feel they are cashing out on him

Posted February 28, 2013 2:11 am 


nicholas do you think wlad is ducking jennings ?if jennings wants to get a fight with wlad all he have to do is ko any american contender then banks after the ko call out wlad .In between koing contenders wlad will be happy to ko jennings also

Posted February 28, 2013 12:18 am 


nah, Fury will end his career someday.

Posted February 27, 2013 10:42 pm 


the small fast guys are to small for wlad( chambers ) the big strong guys are to slow(watch) its wlad hes just that that good. there was one guy who stood a chance to beat wlad. but the guys mother wouldnt let him fight wlad now the guys to old

Posted February 27, 2013 10:40 pm 


rod@ in my opinion he should’ve fought these guys now when they’re still little bit green.

Posted February 27, 2013 10:29 pm 


He should have taken on Pulev and if he survived then taken on Fury but it is 2013 and I think we will see these fights this year. pulev and Fury after 1 or 2 fights will really test Wlad.

Posted February 27, 2013 10:24 pm 


true that SREDMOND

Posted February 27, 2013 10:19 pm 


Hmmmmmmmmmm Fury needs one or two more fights, Price….look what happened. Puvel is ready. Povetkin will never fight wlad. Helenius, Boystov both need one or two more fight. Who was left??? The big italian. Drawing with Sosnowski is never a good think, it’s an easy fight but he is a big man around Wlads height and has been in with some big punchers. Should be at least entertaining. Mormeck was a far worse fight

Posted February 27, 2013 10:19 pm 


Wlads a tremendous fighter but let’s get real he was knocked out 3 times in the prime of his life, avoiding TKO # 4 has been admirable but let’s not act like he has had the smoothest career ever…

Posted February 27, 2013 9:17 pm 


Lets not forget that the Thompson fight was a mandatory, and that Mormeck and Wach were both top 10 ranked. Wlad’s managementare playing it smart. They have mandatory fights coming up with Povetkin, Pulev, and Helenius. Fury ia t least a yr away from fighting a K-bro. Price could rebuild, but is now likely 18 months-2 yrs away from a K-bro, provided he is matched well and wins at least 2-4 fights while waiting. Arreola, shouldn’t be counted out just yet either. He has power, giving him a puncher’s chance against Wlad. As for Vitali, i don’t seem more than a couple of more fights, against safe, yet top 20 ranked opposition ( ie., Welliver, Cameron, Tua, Minto, Meehan)

Posted February 27, 2013 9:11 pm 


Most “boxing fans” sound like lazy sensationalist critics who don’t even watch the fights. Klitschko does not have the “new modern classic” American style of slugging it out with no discipline in the ring. Instead he’s called BORING by idiots like Dana White and Scott Van Pelt for staying outside and “boxing” which is actually not only an effective technique, but the name of the sport itself. So sorry to American fans that he hasn’t raped anyone, got a dui, bitten off ears, thrown fights, or been busted w drugs, instead he knocks everyone out. Isn’t gonna matter who he fights for at least a couple more years. BUT in the HW division you never know until you know.

Posted February 27, 2013 9:02 pm 


The writer sounds a bit biased to me. Literally every sentence is bashing the choice without justifying Jennings. Also, Tyson Fury already declined a fight against Wlad if I’m not mistaken. I’m guessing the writer is a Brit………

Posted February 27, 2013 8:58 pm 


I want to see wlad in a tough match with a american .but just dont seem to be any around maybe. they CAN have mayweather gain 100 lbs . or have wld fight 3 of americas top heaVYWEIGHTS AT THE SAME TIME . MIGHT GET SOME COMPETITION THEN

Posted February 27, 2013 8:54 pm 


UN.DANE…Spot on.

Posted February 27, 2013 8:52 pm 

Alan Partridge

Wlad is about to overtake John L. Sullivan, Jack Dempsey and Larry Holmes to become the second longest reigning HW champion of all time, i would guess he starts facing better opponents at the end of the year when he’s overtaken those guys.

Posted February 27, 2013 8:19 pm 

Tell It Like It Is

The American networks aren’t interested in watching their heavyweights getting embarrassed by the Ks, so they don’t sign any fights. What are the Ks supposed to do? The American networks have shut them out, their only option is to continue to fight in Germany where they have a solid fan base and TV support. The fans and the TV networks there want to see fighters they know. Don’t criticize the Ks for common sense. Top contenders don’t want to fight the Ks they know they will be easily defeated and embarrassed. They are waiting for the Ks to age and retire. That tells you how superior the Ks are.

Posted February 27, 2013 7:53 pm 


Wlad is a hero in germany. The people see him as their own .They will pack in to see him just the way the amricans came to see Joe Lewis with his bum of the month club. or Tyson when he was knocing out guys that werent even full time fighters

Posted February 27, 2013 7:37 pm 


I’ll watch if Hayden Panettiere will be at the fight.

Posted February 27, 2013 5:55 pm 


Jesus, where the HELL did they get thsi guy from his last 6 opponents have a record of 177-85-1, guys are in that mix that are 21-37, 23-18… He beat some OLD versions of Botha and McCall… I am SURE that the Klit syncophants will tell us that he is the next HW Champion when the Klits retire or die…This is a TERRIBLE opponent and the guy has only stopped 50% or so of his foes at HW… This is why this division is dying a SLOW painful death… Sad

Posted February 27, 2013 5:55 pm 


Has anybody else noticed that boxrec has Wlad down for only 50 kos when in fact he really has 51 kos? He is introduced as having 51 kos by Buffer before the Wach fight. What gives?

Posted February 27, 2013 5:51 pm 


Jennings better than Pianeta? I very much doubt it! Wilder? He has not beaten a single recognisable name until now.
Pianeta has a poor record,but it isnt worse than Jennings one, and far far better than Wilders ‘ one.Thats for sure!

Posted February 27, 2013 5:47 pm 


Good thing he didn’t fight Fury, that 6.9″ traveller-gypsy would be too much for Wlad. The next heavyweight champion.

Posted February 27, 2013 5:45 pm 

Unbiased Dane

Boxing Fan said ”Damn that sucks. I want to see Wlad take on pulev, arreola, wilder or adamek….he needs to show he is a champion and quit fighting stiffs.”
Dont you follow boxing ? Wilder fights nobody´s for a good reason, we have all seen how Vitali outclassed Adamek. Arreola well we also know the outcome of this fight, could be an ok fight, but keep in mind how Vitali schooled him, and Adamek has also beaten him, besides he only fights easy low ranked fighters. A fight against Pulev is something else but Pulev has a fight comming up and then the fight will happen very soon. Maybe after Wlad has beaten Povetkin. Please dont act as you dont know that most of the contenders avoid Wlad like the plague.

Posted February 27, 2013 5:39 pm 


Wlad is facing ANOTHER scrub, its telling that his opponents these days are virtual unknowns or Cruisers… Wlad is a beast with a monster right hand but these nobodies are watering down his legacy something awful…Out of a crop of WEAK HW fighters he is turning up with guys like this dude and PED abuser Wach who was a NOBODY… HW disappoints AGAIN… Now lets hear the cheerleaders tell us how this guy is the best kept secret!!

Posted February 27, 2013 5:38 pm 

James Ramey

Wlad is going to be criticized no matter who he fights. He has fought and beaten every body who is anybody in the division with the exceptions.of Vitali , Jonathan Banks and Deontay Wilder and they are all in his camp so that wont happen. Wlad is the King of the mountain and we are in for the bum of the month club for a few years at least until some other heavy weights get an interesting record. Maybe he could fight Adamek but that wouldnt really prove anything either.

Posted February 27, 2013 5:20 pm 


Damn that sucks. I want to see Wlad take on pulev, arreola, wilder or adamek….he needs to show he is a champion and quit fighting stiffs.

Posted February 27, 2013 5:20 pm 


its smart for the fury people to stay away from wlad at this time if they ever want fury to reach his peak . he migt get ruined

Posted February 27, 2013 5:13 pm 

top hat

Why are people moaning. Knowall is right. The WBA have made the mand fight wlad v pov and that will happen this year. All this is a keep busy vol defence and the opponent for this was never going to be great, I would have liked to see fres but hey ho

Posted February 27, 2013 5:06 pm 


Its pretty clear whats going on; Without HBO money there is no motivation for the Klistchko’s to go outside of Europe for their opponents. If HBO (or Showtime) was willing to pay for a Bryant Jennings fight, it would already be scheduled. To the ticket buying crowd in Germany, Bryant Jennings carries less name recognition than Francesco Pianeta, who fought his entire career in Europe and is equally undefeated. If you want the Jennings fight, let HBO and SHO know it. Otherwise the Klitschko’s will run out their careers abroad, fighting European fighters with glossy records that present no real challenge.

Posted February 27, 2013 4:52 pm 


sorry, but this is nonsense, Wlad has thought against weak Thompson while he should have against strong Fury. Pal, that weak Thompson after being KO’d by Wlad easily beaten Top UK contender D. Price, who by the way is widely avoided by said Tyson Fury, who lost to hime previously in amateur times. No to say that Wlad did not even want to fight Thompson, but was forced to by the IBF.

Posted February 27, 2013 4:51 pm 


He should’ve fought Fury, not this German-Italian featherfist.

Posted February 27, 2013 4:46 pm 


you know a guy is pretty good when he the is the champ and contenders are ducking him . it called cleaning out the division and at heavyweight there are no more divisions to jump up .

Posted February 27, 2013 4:45 pm 


get wlad a real opponent. He will fight them, it isnt wlad fault they opponents look ok against others but when they get in with wlad they fall apart haye, thompson, .Wlad lives in germany and probally wants to fight in front of the fans who support him .

Posted February 27, 2013 4:41 pm 


Boring, wont be watching this crap.

Posted February 27, 2013 4:41 pm 

Gym Rat

Oh, and Pianeta is a Southpaw as well

Posted February 27, 2013 4:39 pm 

Gym Rat

Neither Jennings or Pianeta has fought much, but I would say Pianeta has got the better, more impressive record EASILY. I mean, you have to be either very biased or very stupid to state otherwise. First of the, Pianeta has already had double the fights. Also, WHO has Jennings beat that is even somewhat of a name other than Liahkovich? NO ONE. Jennings might have a more exciting style than Pianeta, but does that mean he’s more formidable? Or course not. Pianeta, on the other hand has already tangled with man of steel Mc Call, Botha (both old veterans, yes, but in the case of Botha at least, he showed recently down in Australia that he still has some fight in him, and Pianeta won easy). The Italian has also beaten Matt Skelton via stoppage, 3 years ago when the Brit was still somewhat relevant and durable, and a few ‘name trial horses’ like Hawkins and Page. No, Pianeta still doesn’t have a fantastic record, but based on number of fights, and who he has fought, he definitely has a more imposing resume than Jennings. And with his size (6’5″), record (undefeated) and age (28), he actually isn’t a bad “voluntary” defense at all to be fair.

Posted February 27, 2013 4:37 pm 


Its not becauae povetkin has avoided him this time, WBA says it has to happen prob late summer, autum time. This is simply a keep busy fight, as poor as it is

Posted February 27, 2013 4:34 pm 


You have to wonder what’s happened with Wladimir. He stopped facing quality heavyweight……. really? maybe because no one ones to fight him why is it the problem with wladimir and not the opposition this author is full of shet… lol jeanning … povetkin… fury… doesn’t matter to klitschko he will knock them out too just some of those guys are a little smarter and are ducking the champ.

Posted February 27, 2013 3:54 pm 


I agree with Mike. Povetkin was the top contender for a while but turned down his chance. Thompson is a top ten fighter, who, apparently, still has something left. Wach had a good record and good size and was a hot prospect at the time. The U.S. markets have ignored the Klitschkos so they fight in Germany where the money is. Pianeta means more there than Jennings, who is a good prospect, but not ready for the very top.

Posted February 27, 2013 3:51 pm 


Two fights ago he KOed Tony Thompson who just KOed the top British prospect, David Price. And Mariusz Wach beat Price in the amateurs. Who has Jennings beaten to deserve a title shot? The reporter missed the real story. RTL the German network were willing to put up the money for Wlad to fight Pianetta because he’s well known to the German public. On the other hand, HBO, NBC, Showtime were not willing to put up the money for Wlad to fight Bryant Jennings or any other American. If you want to play you’ve got to ante up and the American networks think that american fans will pay to watch midgets fight so they get away with not broadcasting the heavyweight championship. Watch it on Epix.

Posted February 27, 2013 3:45 pm 

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