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Klitschko V. Brewster II: Where Does Wladimir Go From Here?

07.07.07 - By Dave Domenico: Earlier tonight, I watched what turned out to be a boxing clinic from the opening round, almost like a bad sparring session, as Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs) completely dominated Lamon Brewster (33-4, 29 KOs) though six rounds, ultimately winning by 6th round TKO, after Brewster failed to come out following the sixth round..

The bout was never remotely competitive, as Klitschko was popping his left jab off Brewster’s head almost at will, and throwing his right hand lead at Brewster to rack up the punishment. For his part, Brewster looked as if he didn’t want to be there, and did little to initiate any exchanges except a couple of lunging punches that failed to land.

This was pretty much the whole fight for six rounds as Klitschko continuously pounded Brewster with his long jab, causing Brewster’s left eye to swell by the 5th round. Finally, at the end of the sixth round, Brewster’s trainer Buddy McGirt decided to stop the fight, feeling that Brewster was doing nothing except taking too much punishment.

lamon brewsterKlitschko gets some anti-climactic revenge against Brewster, who defeated him three years ago in Las Vegas. To Klitschko’s credit, he showed that he’s an outstanding fighter, executing a perfect game plan, and putting on a boxing clinic that made the ultra-tough Brewster look like a mere sparring partner.

For Brewster, the accumulated punishment in previous fights, combined with the long lay off, may have been a factor in why he had virtually no steam in this fight and was saved from a continuous beating that Klitschko would have inflicted on him. I have to say that I respect Brewster a great deal. More than that, he got a good payday from this one and I think he still could come back and make a statement in the division against other fighters. That being said, the question remains: where does Klitschko go from here?

Klitschko takes a step further in his quest to be the number one heavyweight fighter in the division, but what needs to happen now, though, is to challenge the winner of the Ruslan Chagaev/Sultan Ibragimov fight. This bout would be in the interest of unification and to crown a legitimate heavyweight champion. But this, of course, has been a long demanded action that just hasn’t happened as of now, be it politics, promoters, or just fear of losing, we may or may not see this happen this year or anytime soon. As such, if Klitschko cannot secure a fight against the winner of Ibragimov and Chagaev, then what other options does he have?

Besides the three champions, there’s Hasim Rahman, but he didn’t look so good recently, barely beating Taurus Sykes. Other than him, there's Evander Holyfield, whom has generated some buzz recently with his rejuvenated performance against journeyman fighter Lou Savarese. Holyfield showed that he still has some of his old skills left and might be able to make a fight of it with Wladimir if he can catch him with a good shot in the early going. Personally, I think this fight is a no-win situation for Klitschko, since even in beating Holyfield, he wouldn’t likely get much credit from the boxing public due to Holyfield’s advanced age and mostly poor performances in recent years.

However, in the absence of any other “live” opponents, this may wind up being his best option at this point. We will just have to wait and see where it goes from here, but you cannot argue whether you love him or hate him, that Wladimir Klitschko is the top dog in the heavyweight division.

Article posted on 08.07.2007



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