Klitschko to World: “I’m Backkkkkkkk!”

07.07.07 - by Paul Vincent: We all heard the whispers. The doubts. The naysayers; the haters. Yeah, sure, Wladimir Klitschko looked better under Emanuel Steward, they said. But so what? Did you see Samuel Peter knock him down 3 times? One good shot on the kisser and he’s done. Again. “No chin. No heart.” “Yeah, and why won’t he rematch the guys that beat him? He’s afraid.” Here’s Wladimir Klitschko’s response to his critics: Klitschko TKO 6 Brewster..

Remember when Wladimir looked like he was constantly on the verge of a panic attack? Or looked like his legs were those of a newborn fawn, just waiting to fall out from under him?

That’s gone now. Manny Steward has once again played the Wizard of Oz, giving another towering Tin Man a chin to go along with his impressive offensive skills. A little more clinching, a little less getting hit on the jaw. And once again, the heavyweight division has a shining star. A real one. One who is willing to go out and face his previous conquerors. Someone get Corrie Sanders off of the golf range -- time to start the roadwork for the massive South African.

This fight was simple. It really came down to one thing: Wladimir’s dominating left jab. All of the punishing blows came off of the jab. Right hands, left hooks, uppercuts. Brewster simply couldn’t penetrate the space Klitschko created with his constant left jab. To his credit, Lamon continued to work the body round after round, hoping to slow Klitschko as the fight wore on. Unfortunately for him, the fight would never enter into it’s second half.

As his fighter’s energy and spirit seemed to be slowly slipping, Buddy McGirt called the fight after the 6th round, with his fighter trailing 60-54 on any sensible card. It was a shutout, and there wasn’t anything to suggest Wladimir was going to tire or punch himself out as he did in Brewster-Klitschko I.

I don’t agree with the stoppage. I think it was too soon, particularly given Brewster’s style and Wladimir’s history. I think McGirt acted too soon. But I do understand it. McGirt was at ground zero of what everyone else either just saw or is about to find out:

The ‘old’ Wladimir Klitschko? He’s gone. He’s been replaced by a poised, destructive offensive machine who now understands pacing and tying-up his opponent when he needs a rest.

People wanted a heavyweight ‘savior.’

Here he is.

“Anything you say can and will be used against you’ in the court of boxing opinion”

Article posted on 08.07.2007

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