Wladimir Klitschko Pitches a Perfect Shutout

By David Matthew on November 10, 2012
Wladimir Klitschko Pitches a Perfect Shutout
Whether you have a taste for his brand of pugilism or not, Wladimir is an all-time great.

Many of us watching the fight felt Steward’s energy circulating about in that ring, propelling Wladimir to look as dynamic as ever…

As Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) stood stoic, fixed in his signature emotionless gaze during the Ukrainian national anthem in Hamburg, Germany Saturday night, there was a passionate fury churning inside him that he tempered, controlled, and honed into masterpiece theater. Klitschko looked as dominant as ever in his 12-round boxing clinic of the brave but overmatched Mauriusz Wach (27-1, 15 KOs).

Emanuel Steward’s presence was noticeably absent, but his spirit was circling about the Klitschko corner. As soon as the opening bell sounded, Wladimir came out with a different energy animating him. He was firing a fusillade of stiff jabs—pounding Wach with consecutive right hands, menacingly. The first round was absent of a measured, “feel out” round that has typified Wladimir’s opening rounds in recent memory. Instead, he was landing lunging left hooks, abundantly thunderous right hands, and multiple 1-2 combinations in bunches that split Wach’s guard and forced him into a defensive shell before he ever had a chance to mount meaningful offense.

This was more or less the story of the fight—which featured a more active Wladimir Klitschko than many expected. It was as if he was doing everything Steward had been pleading with him to do in fights where Wladimir was relatively trigger-shy. Klitschko was scintillating in his implementation of Kronk culture. Gunshot rights landed with shocking accuracy all night long, and Wlad mixed up his punching arsenal beautifully, landing short left hooks behind straight right hands, even landing three- and four-punch combinations with adept fluency unlike anything we’ve recently seen.

“Manny Steward is smiling right now,” exclaimed a jubilant Lou DiBella, who did an excellent job calling the fight on Epix HD. Indeed he was.

It was as if Steward’s vision was manifesting right before us. Wlad was opening up, being exciting—letting his hands go—even with reckless abandon at times. Steward always demanded more of Wladimir because he felt he held back too much for a guy of his stature and skills. While some felt Wladimir never fully heeded that message, it was clear that this message bore fruit, as he made his mentor proud with each passing round Saturday night in Hamburg.

In Round 2—war was in the air. Wach shuffled out of the corner throwing a desperate right hand, spinning Klitschko around. Wladimir then settled back into a mastery of distance and peppered Wach with impacting jabs and short left hooks on the outside. Wlad’s jabs sounded like a linebacker hitting an offensive tackle—thundering off at will.

Round 3 started off with Wlad dominating with the jab/straight right hand combination, employing his patented methodical attack.

As Round 4 began, Wach was consistently forced to fight the majority of the fight backpedaling into the corners/ropes to defend against the Wladimir jab, which was stopping Wach dead in his tracks time and time again.

After four wholly one-sided rounds which featured an entertaining Klitschko getting off aesthetically dynamic power punches, Banks channeled Kronk wisdom, advising Wladimir to “just keep doing what you’re doing. You’re mixing your shots up beautifully.”

Klitschko resumed control in Round 5, and continued his active and vibrant attack—landing three-punch combinations with the jab, straight right hand, left hook mathematics. Incidentally, this was the exact combination Manny Steward loved to see him throw—and Wlad was executing it to perfection—almost as if Steward was guiding his hands inside the O2 Arena.

To Wach’s credit he was valiantly game, taking big shots, and always trying to be physically aggressive and threatening. But Wladimir was not just outpunching his opponent, he was being the more physical and assertive fighter.

Then, just as it seemed Klitschko might not get touched, he was hit with a huge sweeping right hand from Wach as Round 5 was drawing to a close. Wladimir wasn’t badly hurt, but was buzzed and clinched as the round ended. Wladimir nodded in affirmation as he walked back to his corner as if to acknowledge that he’d been hit with a good shot. Interestingly, the attention Wladimir gets when he gets hit with a punch is similar to when Mayweather gets hit: We see it happen so rarely, that it’s visibly shocking to witness. While Wladimir has always been highly regarded for his offensive weapons, his defensive instincts, mastery of distance, and reflexive footwork have contributed to develop him into one of the top defensive fighters in the sport.

After the fireworks in Round 5, Klitschko resumed scoring at will. Wach was determined to make it a war, willing to stand and trade, but he was just simply outgunned by superior firepower.

As the later rounds progressed, Klitschko settled into a blistering rhythm of dynamic power punch output, landing combinations that sounded like fireworks going off. Wach looked visibly worn down by the 9th round, hanging back on the ropes, getting hit with scraping right hands at will. The end seemed near. Wach almost seemed to look at referee Eddie Cotton for a split-second as if to acknowledge that he was getting butchered with unbelievably sturdy shots.

As Wach was hurt, Wladimir pushed forward with as aggressive an assault as you’re likely to see from him—seemingly with endless reserves of stamina as he fired off hard punch after hard punch that almost prompted Cotton to stop the fight. However, just when you thought Wach was finished, he found something in him to continue what was a brutal fight, and showcased as sturdy of a chin as you’ll ever see.

After a blistering pace, Klitschko settled back into his rhythm in Rounds 9 and 10, bouncing on his feet utilizing crafty footwork and nuanced quickness to angle off of any Wach attack.

It was clear Emanuel Steward’s spirit was with Wlad, but the spirit was also with Banks, who managed the fight brilliantly with timely tactical advice that bolstered Wlad’s psyche through each round.

As Round 11 began, Wlad wasted no time landing a pair of heavy right hands followed by a shooting array of razor-sharp jabs right down the middle that continued to discourage Wach.

In the final stanza, Klitschko landed a lumbering left hook that sent Wach spinning off balance, and continued to back Wach into the corner, pounding away, but it was clear that Wach was going to survive, despite getting hit repeatedly with more power shots than most have an appetite to observe.

After the predictable landslide scorecards were read in Klitschko’s favor, this win moves him to 20-2 during his tenure as heavyweight king, an impressive statistical achievement that has been outdone only by Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, and Larry Holmes. Make no mistake about it—Wladimir belongs in that class.

Whether you have a taste for his brand of pugilism or not, he is an all-time great. Whether American fans tune in or not, he is a legitimate superstar on the global scene, selling out 60,000 capacity soccer stadiums while ignorant American “sportswriters” keep whining about a lost and barren American landscape that prevents them from appreciating truly historic moments unraveling before their very eyes—that is, if they actually watch the fights and can even differentiate between Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko-Wach was fun for a lot of reasons. It featured a great champion deliver a great performance against a spirited opponent. You saw monolithic power punching, and even a brief moment of vulnerability from the champion that keeps fans intrigued. Perhaps most fun of all was the definitive feeling many of us had when watching the fight—that Steward’s energy was circulating about in that ring, propelling Wladimir to look as dynamic as ever.

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  1. Eric 06:14pm, 12/03/2012

    Awesome physical attributes and talent. I just can’t fathom why people won’t give this guy his due. His record of dominance in the heavyweight division is matched only by a scant few. And were Joe Louis’s “Bum of the Month Club” opponents any better? Other than a much older than reported Sonny Liston, who did pre-exile Ali beat that was all that special? What were the ages of Marciano’s “name” opponents? And would Wlad have had any trouble with a Roland LaStarza or a Don Cockell? Imagine Wlad facing some of Larry Holmes’s title challengers from the Eightes? Leroy Jones? Scott Ledoux? Scott Frank? Marvis Frazier? nuff said.

  2. Darrell 03:47pm, 11/13/2012

    @Matt McGrain, agree entirely.

    Some of the nonsensical assertions by many of the “old timers”...Two Ton Tony Galento for crying out loud!!

    @Your Name, remember to put your name…I’ll say it again, Wlad is NOT ponderous & he’d knock out many of the former champs, of that I have no doubts…he’d also get beaten by some of them, that too would be a given but I’d wager he’d come out a long way in the positive.

    That he doesn’t like to be hit is no secret, the fact he rarely gets hit at all speaks volumes for his defensive skills & the power of that jab.  I await your reply with baited breath, as you inform me that Marvin Hart will ko Wlad in 2…pftt.  It’s a silly game I’ve allowed you to pull me into….

  3. tuxtucis 12:33pm, 11/13/2012

    Ok…chin does not get better with age…but can i pose a question? How a man who’s generally in all-time heavy top five like Jack Johnson could have resisted to the great heavyweight hitters (Dempsey, Louis, Marciano, Liston, Foreman, Tyson, to name a few), if you consider he was kayoed by the old super middleweight Choynski, by Klondike (sure not better than Sanders) and knocked down by the middleweight Ketchel?  Johnson conquered the title against the shortest and (with Fitzsimmons) lightest champion of all time (Burns), and his best defenses were against mediocre opposition…Sure he was wonderfully talented, but W. Klitschko is wonderfully gifted in physical and athletic qualities…

  4. Matt McGrain 09:07am, 11/13/2012

    I think that Wladimir has one of the better jabs I’ve seen at HW, comparable to Holmes and Lewis.  He has an 81 inch reach and stands 6’6.  Even if he had very little else going for him, this would make him an absolutely outstanding fighter in any HW era.  As it is, he is one of the hardest punchers the division has produced and has exceptional technical acumen at his range.  I’ve also seen very few heavies, if any, as gifted at controlling range.  In 2007 I wrote that Wlad was a fascinating champion because he is defined by his weaknesses rather than his strengths - his style is born of a desire to protect rather than attack.  But he’s mastered that.  Nobody has come close to reaching him in years, in absolute years.  That is an astonishing feat.

  5. Your Name 08:50am, 11/13/2012

    Yes.  The ones you mentioned would KO Wlad.  Watch Louis in his bout with Max Baer and then watch any Wlad fight.  If you think for a second Wlad the walking ponderous statue that he is has any of the skills of Joe Louis then I don’t know what to tell you.  Wlad does NOT display all time great abilities…period.  When he has really been clocked he goes down in sections and gets that “where is the exit” look in his eye.

  6. Matt McGrain 08:45am, 11/13/2012

    I’m shocked at what i’m reading, words from some of the men I respect as much as anyone who talks about boxing now.  Anyone who thinks some of the names bandied about in this section would beat Wladimir, if it wasn’t for the names attached to these words i’d dismiss them as being written by people who didn’t know the sport.  This man has PERFECTED his art.  It’s not always pretty but he has absolutely mastered what he is good at.  It doesn’t matter what facet of the sport that is, once you’ve mastered it you are dangerous against anyone.  You fellas are looking the wrong way.  It’s not a question of whether past contenders could beat this guy, it’s about whether past CHAMPIONS could do it.  Could Louis beat him?  Could Liston beat him?  Could Lewis?

    Without meaning to be personal, is it fair to say that this is a generational divide?  I respect you guys, but that tells its own story for me.

  7. Your Name 08:24am, 11/13/2012

    Chins don’t get better as a fighter gets older.  Wlad went down in sections, crazy poor durability sections.  What do you think is going to happen when Liston, Foreman, Louis hits that same chin?  Timber.  Also Liston or Louis did not walk “straight in”.  Liston always had good head movement in his prime. Louis had one of the greatest classic defenses in boxing history.  Joe was a master of slipping, ducking, parrying and then countering with deadly 4-6 punch combinations.

  8. David Matthew 05:35am, 11/13/2012

    “Remember in his prime Wlad was flattened by total nonentities.”—Hopefully we can at least be factual.  With all due respect - nobody who has been paying even attention considered Wlad to be in his “prime” almost 10 years ago now when he had his horrific moments vs. Sanders and Brewster.  And that was almost a decade ago.  Since he has developed into terrific champion and is now still in his peaked prime.

  9. Your Name 03:37am, 11/13/2012

    Boxing fans have been dumbed down over the past 30 years to a point where they don’t know what constitutes great boxing ability.  Has nothing to do with size of physique…its the ability to FIGHT.  Both brothers are slow ponderous fighters with styles as boring as their bouts.  Jab right hand, jab right hand and then hold as tight as they can in close.  A great fighter would take each of them out in short order.

  10. tuxtucis 02:41am, 11/13/2012

    The heavies I’ve between top 13 and top 20 in my all-time ranking (Corbett, Schmeling, Baer, Walcott, Jeannette, McVea, Wills to name a few) were better in their best nights than the Klitschkos, but they were far less continuous…

  11. tuxtucis 02:38am, 11/13/2012

    My resume for the Klitschkos : no top ten all-time greats, but for sure top twenty, maybe even top 15 (but’s that’s debatable)

  12. Darrell 08:48pm, 11/12/2012

    perry….continuous repetition of a myth, that the brothers are robotic & ponderous is tiresome.  Both are tremendous athletes & show brilliant movement, not just for their size but for ANY size!  Vitali in his injury shortened prime, & the immediate years after his comeback, was a destroyer pure & simple.

    Glasses are reasonably cheap…but then it’s not about what is evident is it?  It’s that they approach the game from the mindset of other non-combat sports…that to win is the aim even without showing you’re a warrior…the win will suffice.  You may want a win, they want the win with as little damage to themselves…put up with it, with the Euro heavyweights dominating the scene it may be the predominant approach for some time.

    As I said to Tucson, it’s a different game than the “old days”, these guys approach the game from a more cerebral/sporting pov…to hit & not get hit.  Suffering a devastating ko or two in the past helps to sharpen ones resolve not to put up with the same…standing in the trenches is a mugs game if you don’t have to do it.

    Sanders wasn’t a non-entity, he was a contender at the time, as was Brewster.  Purrity was early on…you get losses.

  13. Darrell 08:19pm, 11/12/2012

    Tucson Jim…watch it again, he throws the left hook off the jab numerous times.  BTW, they all clinched after Ali, he used it as a tactic because of his useless inside game.  There were no more clinches than in any other fight…I had an idea you didn’t watch it.

  14. Darrell 08:14pm, 11/12/2012

    Ah Tex….is your world still monochrome?  Sorry mate, your views aren’t the default anymore.

    Wlad vs Sonny…now that would be a power jabfest.  I pick Wlad to decision Sonny comfortably, wearing him down with jabs & follow up booming rights & left hooks off the jab.  Sonny just keeps on walking into them as Wlad never gives him a look in, standing tall & moving back…like his brother, one of the better back foot fighters.

    It’s a game I like to play so I’ll play it.  He’d be a match for the other great champs though I think he’d get a torrid time from Dempsey with his fast hands & odd angles of approach; prime Ali’s movement & hand speed; Tunney’s great movement…those four would be likely losses.  Others like Louis is an on the day proposition as he is one to just walk straight in like Liston; Foreman’s ability to get to his man (he could just as easily finish George too) would make things interesting; Jack Johnson would be a bit of a chess match snore; Lennox Lewis too.

    Personally, I think he’d simply kill Joe Frazier, Patterson, Tyson (if he could hold him off in the early rounds), Marciano & a fair few others.

    As for the joke that Two Ton Tony Galento, let alone any of the other lower ranked contenders mentioned, could trouble Wlad…most inane proposition of the day!!  He’d simply get smashed all night.

  15. Tucson Jim 07:48pm, 11/12/2012

    Wlad can’t box. Watch the fight again. Left jab right hand and clinch. He had so many chances to throw the left hook after the right hand and he just clinches. It’s pathetic. He beats up a complete nobody and it’s called a terrific performance and it’s a title fight. The guys Joe Louis fought in the so-called Bum of the Month club were much better than this Wach.

  16. perry 07:47pm, 11/12/2012

    People…it’s not about size or looking like Hercules. It’s about skill…the ability to fight. You cannot compare in any way the skill level of these two ponderous, slow moving mechanical heavyweights to those true all-time greats who really knew how to FIGHT. Just amazes me how watered down the boxing game has become and along with this the fan base has no clue of what great fighting ability is all about. Remember in his prime Wlad was flattened by total nonentities. Not only flattened but they made Wlad have that “get me out of here” look.

  17. David Matthew 07:30pm, 11/12/2012

    lol.  I have great respect for the elder generations who pioneered for so many great fighters today, but let’s not get crazy.  To say that Liston (at 6 feet tall, 215 pounds—- smaller than Haye!) would “destroy” Wlad and have him running in fear is absurd.  It reminds me of the NBA purists who say George Mikan would outclass Dwight Howard on the court.  News flash:  It’s perfectly okay to honor the greats of the past *and* acknowledge that modern athletes are part of evolutionary trends in sheer physicality/size, strength, and the development of craft thanks to modern technologies and advanced training.  You don’t have to discredit the greats of today in order to keep the greats of yesteryear relevant.  It sounds petty.

  18. perry 07:26pm, 11/12/2012

    Casey is right on.  Neither brother is a great fighter.  Big and ponderous, a great quick fist fighter would dismantle them quick.  Ever see that look in their eyes when they get really rocked?  It’s like where is the exit?  Fans today don’t know what being a great fighter is all about.

  19. Tex Hassler 06:20pm, 11/12/2012

    Klitschko may do a lot of things but beating Holmes, Ali, Joe Louis or many other greats of the past in their primes is something he is not capable of doing. Sonny Liston would have shown him up in a few rounds. I doubt Klitschko would be around to answer the bell from round 5 against Liston. Wladimir looks as good as he does because of inferior competition. He simply does not have any real competition to face and that is not his fault. The heavyweights have taken a nosedive since the 1970’s and Wladimir has benefited from it.

  20. Jethro Tull 10:13am, 11/12/2012

    Wlad would have had his hands full with cruiserweight, glass-jawed Bob Satterfield and cruiserweight featherfisty, glass-jawed Marvis Frazier?

    Bob Satterfield was ko’d by Jake LaMotta.

    Tony Tucker? What would he bring to the match? There is nothing in his career to suggest he could do any more than survive against Wlad.

    Cleveland Williams would be murdered by Wlad as well.

    We’re into the realms of absurdity now with the assassinations of Wlad and his brother.

    I’m off.

  21. Mike Silver 10:05am, 11/12/2012

    Mike Casey, I sympathize with you re: Klitschko’s place in ring history. We are fighting a losing battle. Wach was one of the most pathetic challengers I have ever seen fight for the heavyweight title. No boxing skills, no jab, no footwork, even slower than Wlad. No head movement, just putting up his hands in front of face to block. No stepping inside that oh so slow jab. Put Tony Tucker at his best in against Wach and Tony would splatter the guy. Put Cleveland Williams, or Bob Satterfield in against Wach and the fight would not go four rounds. Marvis Frazier would toy with the guy. Wlad would have his hands full with any of the aforementioned boxers. Wlad is a good heavyweight and tremendous athlete but not an all-time great. He is “great” for his time—but his time is populated by the sorriest group of heavyweights of the past 60 plus years. I suggest everyone who posted here read (or re-read) chapter 13 of my book “The Arc of Boxing” titled “The Bigger They Are-The Harder They Fall” to understand why the giant heavies of today have gotten a free pass.

  22. tuxtucis 10:05am, 11/12/2012

    I don t think a modern version of Tony Galento could give any troubles to Wlad…The W. Klitschko that was knocked out by Puritty, Sanders and Brewster was not the same boxer who dominated the division…even Jack Johnson was knocked out in first part of his career by unexceptional Klondike and old super middleweight Choynski (who was KO’ed some months before by dwarf welter Joe Walcott)...and his most celebrated title fights were against middleweight Ketchel and 6 years retired Jeffries…he even drew with unexceptional Jim Johnson…

  23. NYIrish 09:34am, 11/12/2012

    Well Dave, maybe I outfoxed myself and missed a good one. I’ll take your word for it.

  24. David Matthew 05:57am, 11/12/2012

    “I don’t watch him anymore. No entertainment value. He could get a Peace Prize for years of nonviolence.” lol - Well, it’s clear you didn’t watch him on Saturday, because Wlad was anything but boring in this entertaining fight.

  25. Jethro Tull 05:44am, 11/12/2012

    “Tony Galento or Buddy Baer would have given this guy all the problems in the world. When are people going to get it?”

    Yes, Wlad might well have knackered his hands hitting them.

  26. Jethro Tull 05:42am, 11/12/2012

    “Primo Carnera would have given him fits and went the distance.”

    Wlad would beat the useless lump Carnera by annihilation.

  27. McGrain 04:55am, 11/12/2012

    Wlad is a genius boxer.

  28. Greg 11:32pm, 11/11/2012

    Now I am sure Wlad is a great boxer. Thanks for him for good fight and my respect to Wach—his head was made from concrete.

  29. NYIrish 09:45pm, 11/11/2012

    I think labelling Klitch a “polarizing force” gives him too much credit. He is boring. He is the same wind up robot every outing. The only variation of this routine is when he gets knocked on his ass. Primo Carnera would have given him fits and went the distance. Boxing is entertainment. I don’t watch him anymore. No entertainment value. He could get a Peace Prize for years of non violence.

  30. the thresher 05:16pm, 11/11/2012

    Pug. Unabashedly so!!!!!!!

  31. pugknows 01:51pm, 11/11/2012

    Bull, I didn’t realize you were such a Klit nut hugger. LMFAO!!

  32. the thresher 11:11am, 11/11/2012

    David, I did not know Manny Steward. I never met him or talked with him or exchanged emails with him, so I kind of stayed away from the many deserved tribute he received, but I must tell you, that video gave this old man moist eyes. It was simply marvelous. Thank you so much for calling it to my attention.

  33. the thresher 11:03am, 11/11/2012

    Thanks David. That was a real woody popper. My eyes are bad today so pardon my typos.

  34. David Matthew 11:00am, 11/11/2012

    thresh that exact moment with Steward in round 11 of Chambers fight is beautifully presented here in this video tribute to Manny -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARkFswc8Q3M&feature=g-u-u

  35. the thresher 10:53am, 11/11/2012

    Fast Eddie though he is plump.

  36. the thresher 10:52am, 11/11/2012

    The best Wlad I ever saw was when Manny got him pissed off before the last round of his fight with Eddie Chambers and he proceeded to send Fat Eddie into Philly Dreamland. That was an awesome display of ferocity. It was chilling.

    His clean KO of Calvin Brock was also scary. Remember, these guys were kick boxers at one time—or at least Vitali was so they know how to get down and dirty. Wald may be overly cautious bit that’s part of a successful formula. He breaks his man down with brutal jabs and sneaky left hooks and then finishes business with his long powerful right. When that connects flush, it’s all over for most opponents. To Wach’s credit, he had a solid beard, but the fight should have been stopped in the 8th because it had turned into another Ukrainian slaughter.

    I wonder who the next victim will be? Maybe Price, Wilder, or Fury if they want the earlt retirement package, but I’m thinking Pulev, Povetkin or Huck.

  37. David Matthew 09:19am, 11/11/2012

    I realize everyone has different opinions on a fighter like Klitschko - who in a number of ways polarizes fight-fans (especially American fight-fans) in the same manner as Mayweather does.  Some think he’s an all-time great, others think he never fights guys that they think are legitimate enough to cement his legacy.  I understand a myriad of arguments.  What I don’t understand is the emotional responses that are defunct of reality.  Saying Wlad has “just average” power is absurd, both statistically and in terms of reputation.  Guys from Lamon Brewster to Chris Byrd,to Freddie Roach all have said Wladimir is the hardest hitting guy they’ve ever *felt* - with the pads, in the ring, etc…  Those who say his skills are average aren’t watching the fight with sober eyes.  For a guy his size, he’s one of the most fluid, rhythmic, and athletic boxers you’ll ever see.  So I understand if you say you just don’t find his pugilism to be appetizing, but to feel the need to discredit his well-established performance as an all-time credit seems petty.

  38. Mike Casey 08:46am, 11/11/2012

    Thank you, Frankie, but as a trained journalist of nearly 40 years experience, I know all about newspapers past and present and how they work. I won’t be commenting any further on this matter.

  39. FrankinDallas 08:25am, 11/11/2012

    Mike….I love your articles about the old days, but seriously you need some Metamucil. You’ve been reading so many boxing reports from the 1920’s and earlier that you’re beginning to believe those old guys were supermen…they were not. The newspaper reports were hysterical propaganda written to excite the people that could not be at the fight nor see it live as we can today. They were selling NEWSPAPERS. Not every jab was thunderous, not every body shot was an earthshaking event thrown by a TItan.

    Either Klit brother would brutalize any HW champ before Ali. Saying that Two Ton Tony Galento would beat Wlad just means you need either a good vacation or a good poop….or both.

  40. Mike Casey 04:51am, 11/11/2012

    Irish, I’ve been fighting a losing battle against constipation these past few days, so you’re certainly medically right on that last bit.

  41. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 04:45am, 11/11/2012

    Mike Casey-“When are people going to get it”? “Tony Galento” and “Buddy Baer”, not even Max Baer….your comments are a little surprising to say the least….but good on ya’....you’re still a top notch writer and historian, though full of shit in this instance!

  42. Mike Casey 01:03am, 11/11/2012

    He does play it safe. He does lack the killer instinct. This is because of his fear that a contender with half an imagination might eventually come along and figure out a way to hit him on the chin. But let’s call him an all time great and shove him in the hall of fame anyway. Wlad is a very competent heavyweight with decent skill and decent power in his fists - Fred Fulton on modern supplements if you will. He has fought some of the least talented heavyweights we have ever seen and got chinned by two of them. Tony Galento or Buddy Baer would have given this guy all the problems in the world. When are people going to get it?

  43. Koolz 10:02pm, 11/10/2012

    This was a great Article!

    Ref should have stopped the fight in round 8 it should have been a TKO. Wach wasn’t even defending himself just sitting there getting hit.

    Great Fight !  Wladimir is truly awesome to behold!  Love the rhythm and distance!

  44. the thresher 09:50pm, 11/10/2012

    Darrell, I agree—The best heavyweight in the world. He has his formula and he follows it. What more can you ask of him?

  45. Darrell 09:47pm, 11/10/2012

    The best heavyweight in the world…we all know this to be true.  Masterful performance.

    The referee should’ve really stopped it in round 8.  Wach was brutalized from the end of round 7 to round 8.  He offered up nothing after that round aside from courage & a great beard.

    I hear what Thresher is saying but I really think Wlad was waiting for the referee to end it, as he should’ve.  He may also have been surprised by the taller man’s durability.  I hope Wach comes out of it all without too much long term damage…very early on it was obvious to him he’d never been hit so hard before.

  46. THE THRESHER 08:46pm, 11/10/2012

    A pretty good post I read on another site said ““Wladimir looked okay but he lacked the killer instinct as he played it safe in the last quarter of the fight.”

    If I have one major issue with Wlad, it’s his propensity to play it safe. But don’t get me wrong, I am a monster Klit(s) fan. 59-3.

    NUMBERS DON’T LIE

  47. the thresher 08:39pm, 11/10/2012

    Gajjer has the beat.

  48. Gajjers 07:35pm, 11/10/2012

    Well done to Wladimir Klitschko - he’s carving out a pretty nice legacy for himself.

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