01.08.05 – By Jeff Bastasini: WBO heavyweight Lamon Brewster (32-2, 28 KO’s), will defend his title against Luan Krasniqi on September 24 in Hamburg, Germany. Brewster recently easily destroyed Andrew Golota in the 1st round on May 21, 2005. For Brewster, this will be his third title defense since shocking the boxing world by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in the 5th round on April 10, 2004 to win the WBO title. In that fight, Brewster was a punching bag for 5 rounds before finally coming alive and using his lethal left hook to end it. Since then, Brewster has become much more confident with his new swarming style offense, with many people drawing comparisons to a young Tyson.
Brewster’s opponent, Krasniqi (29-1), an Albanian-born German, who recently surprized many when he knocked out the hard punching Lance Whitaker in the 6th round on May 28, 2005. Krasniqi will be taking a big leap up in opposition when he meets up with Brewster, as before fighting Whitaker, he had fought mostly in Europe against lesser talented fighters. The key to victory for Krasniqi will be for him to somehow keep distance between him and Brewster, and use movement, otherwise he will likely get taken apart like Andrew Golota.