Vladimir Klitschko Hammers the Rock

Wladimir KlitschkoBy Ted Sares -After a first round in which Dr, Steel Hammer gave a perfect demonstration of how to throw and land the four primary punches, (jab, hook, straight and uppercut), he proceeded to dismantle a hapless Hasim Rahman over the next several rounds. Indeed, after the third round, it became “when” and not “if” as Wladimir set Rahman up for the big right that everyone in the Hall knew would be on the way sooner or later

Finally, after decking an exhausted Rock with a triple left hook (which Jim Lampley inexplicitly called a combination), Referee Tony Weeks warned Rahman’s corner that he would not allow much more sustained punishment. But that’s just what Rahman received in the next round until Weeks halted matter in the seventh round in what was a complete shutout win for the Ukraine who retains his IBF, WBO, AND IBO title belts. He now moves to 52 (KO 46)-3 (KO 3) and sports a gaudy 83.6KO percentage..

Once again, Klitschko used his jackhammer-like jabs to control the action and dominate throughout. I had it a shutout but heck, so did everyone else.

The real question in this one is whether Wladimir was that good or whether Rahman was that bad, and I have my doubts. Put another way, David Haye is no Hasim Rahman and I doubt he would let Klitschko dictate the action the way he did at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim tonight. First, however, Klitchko needs to dispose of undefeated Russian, Alexander Povetkin. Then, we may finally get to see the fight that perhaps can affirm Wladimir Klitschko’s true greatness-- or perhaps not!

Article posted on 14.12.2008

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