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Klitschko TKO’s Adamek, Multitasks in the Process

Posted on 10. Sep, 2011 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

Klitschko TKO’s Adamek, Multitasks in the Process

I’m usually not a betting man. However, from time to time I have been known to place a wager on a long shot that I’m positive will pay off. Perhaps the ghost of Jimmy the Greek inhabits my body, or perhaps I just have the sport aficionado’s sixth sense. I knew the 2007 Golden State Warriors would beat the Dallas Mavericks in six games and I knew the 2008 New York Giants would halt the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. I even had the audacity to believe that Tomasz Adamek could score a twelve round split decision against Vitali Klitschko when the two heavyweights collided today in Poland.

Before you call the loony bin to come pick me up, just hear me out. My prediction was born more from an apprehension over Klitschko’s age and history of injuries than Adamek’s ability to get the job done. And I was never going to be more than $100 anyway.

No disrespect to Tomasz Adamek. He was outsized and outclassed from the beginning. But he showed up and let his gloves go as much as he could in typical Adamek fashion. It just wasn’t enough though as he suffered a TKO in round 10 in his native Poland.

At one point Vitali Klitschko was averaging 44 jabs per round. At age 40, are you kidding me?

Hyperbole be damned. Vitali Klitschko is one of the most dominant pugilists I have seen in my 30 year lifetime (I didn’t start following boxing until my late teens). Lean and mean, what I saw today defies logic. There is no doubt in my mind that Vitali can whip Wladimir’s arse any day of the week.

More impressive is that Vitali and his younger, overrated brother, have the nerve to multitask while they are dominating the heavyweight division. That’s how easy it is for them to fight. Despite thriving, busy careers, they still have the time to promote themselves via their promo company K2.

The Klitschko brothers are no fools. Once their domination in the ring comes to an end, they will give their full attention to dominating the world of promotion. With the fledgling K2 gaining slow momentum like George Foreman in a Michael Moorer fight, it was a no-brainer that Vitali Klitschko would agree to defend his title on his opponent’s home turf when he faced Adamek today in Poland. The event took place in brand new stadium capable of accommodating 40,000 fight freaks (as Dan Rafael would say). The vast majority of those fans were Polish and were card carrying members of the Tomas Adamek fan club. There was potential for a hostile environment to say the least. In the end however, Vitali Klitschko took care of business as usual while planting a small promotional seed with the Polish nationals. A seed, like so many of the other little seeds the Klitschko brothers have been planting throughout Europe, that will grow in to a redwood by the time both retire and are out of the fight game for good.

Old Guys Rule: 3 Fights to Watch

Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

Old Guys Rule: 3 Fights to Watch

Boxing experts usually cringe when they hear news of old-timers lacing up the gloves for one last payday. Boxing fans on the other hand can be more forgiving and do not often rush to such quick judgment. The following is a list of three upcoming fights to look out for involving some of boxing’s elder statesmen. While the fights might not end up as instant classics, there is enough aging star power present to make for some intriguing possibilities in the fight world…

Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) VS. Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs) – Oct. 15
After a 17 month layoff, the 41 year-old Antonio Tarver is moving up to the heavyweight division to fight the Dominican Republic’s Nagy Aguilera. Aguilera is not exactly a walkover opponent for Tarver. At 6’3” and 230 pounds, the 24 year-old Aguilera is most known for his first round KO of former heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev. Tarver, who is currently hovering around 210 pounds, plans to eat his way up to 217 by the time the fight rolls around. Even at 210 pounds, this is a drastic change from a career that saw him fight mostly in the 178 range. Tarver is counting on speed and elusiveness to make his way through the heavyweight division but will it be enough?

Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) VS. Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) – Oct. 16
Current WBC heavyweight title holder Vitali Klitschko will square off against former heavyweight champion and perpetual underachiever Shannon Briggs in Hamburg, Germany. The 39 year-old Klitschko has been destroying everyone in sight since he won the title in 2008 including four consecutive successful title defenses. Boxing fans were hoping to see a fight with David Haye materialize but it has become clear that Haye is avoiding the Klitschko brothers as if they had the plague. With the lack of big name heavyweight contenders in the division at the moment, the hard hitting 38 year-old Shannon Briggs got the call from camp Klitschko. Briggs first gained notoriety in 1997 when he defeated George Foreman for a heavyweight title thanks to a very controversial decision. Briggs was promptly knocked out by Lennox Lewis in his very next fight. He won a piece of the heavyweight crown again in 2006 after a dramatic knockout of Sergei Liakhovich with only one second remaining in the fight. But once again, Briggs lost his title in his very next fight. When Klitschko and Briggs meet in October, there is potential for a great heavyweight fight to emerge as Briggs is still one of the hardest punchers in the division. The burden for a good fight however lies solely on Briggs’ shoulders. Undoubtedly, Vitali Klitschko will arrive in top shape and put his work in as fans have come to expect. The question is, which Shannon Briggs will show up?

Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) VS. Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) – Dec. 18
At age 45, Bernard Hopkins keeps chugging along and getting paid. Never one to back down, Hopkins has faced some serious opposition since hitting age 40 including Jermain Taylor, Antonio Tarver, Joe Calzaghe, Winky Wright, and Kelly Pavlik. So it should be no surprise that Hopkins is not taking it easy in what might very well be the last fight of his professional career. Twenty-seven year old Jean Pascal recently upset Chad Dawson for the light heavyweight title by dominating him for 11 rounds and earning a TKO. While Dawson had a rematch clause in the initial contract, Pascal is not required to give him the fight right away. He is permitted to take a bout in the interim which gives Hopkins a chance to prove his critics wrong one more time. Hopkins’ last bout against Roy Jones Jr. came under much scrutiny in the boxing world and in the aftermath many called for both fighters to retire. Hopkins won the fight by unanimous decision but it was far from his most shining moment. This makes him dangerous going in to the fight with Jean Pascal. Hopkins is a “back against the wall” kind of guy with a wealth of fighting experience. He is eager to rebound from his poor performance against Roy Jones Jr. and he just may shock the boxing world when he hooks up with Pascal in December.