If There Was An Eight Man Tournament Today

17.09.06 - By Jim Amato: Let's see ...Since there is no " true " champion today, who would be the best to enter into a "mythical" eight man tourney? Well, all four recognized ABC champions should be included so you have Wladimir Klitschko, Sergei Liakhovich, Oleg Maskaev and Nickolay Valuev. Who would fill out the dance card? To me, Sam Peter would have to be included after his close loss to Klitschko and his win over James Toney. Undefeated Calvin Brock has a clear claim for being added.

Toney was eliminated by Peter, who even though he lost to Klitschko, re-entered the picture with his win over Toney. Oleg eliminated Rahman. Klitschko forced Byrd out and Valuev finally took John Ruiz out of the equation. Should Sultan Ibragimov and Ray Austin who recently fought to a draw be the final two entries? I can not think of anyone else who has not already been eliminated at this point.

Now remember, this would be taken from the heavyweight picture as it stands today. That is before Klitschko-Brock and Liakhovich-Briggs were to have taken place.

I think it would be a somewhat interesting tournament. Keep the Klitschko-Brock match up. Match Valuev with Ray Austin, Maskev versus Peter and Liakhovich against Ibragimov.

Klitschko wins and will meet Austin who exposes Valuev. Peter and Liakhovich win by knockouts.

Klitschko out boxes Austin and Liakhovich out guts the hard hitting Sam Peter in the semi-finals.

For the "Undisputed" heavyweight championship of the world. Sergei Liakhovich comes from behind to stop Wladimir Klitschko in round ten!

Oh, wouldn't it be nice to have ONE universal champion? Hey, I said it was mythical.

Article posted on 18.09.2006

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