Who Should Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko Face?

EJ ClaudioCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2009

The heavyweight division is receiving tons of criticisms that it is not generating the attention that is used to. It has lost its fans. The reason for that is because the division is lacking in competition and excitement.

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are the recognized champions in the heavyweight division. They are the first brothers to ever hold the title at the same time—a world record. But who cares?

I do care. Because I strongly believe that we have two talented champions right now, and it is not their fault that the division has become somewhat boring.

It is the level of competition that is causing this. The talent in the heavyweight division has become scarce. A rarity nowadays.

But some will argue that Wladimir's style is boring due to his safety first approach, which is why the casual fans don't appreciate him. I would disagree with that because each time Wladimir fights, it is his opponents that cause Wladimir to fight that way. Most of his opponents are doing nothing, and it is Wladimir that is pressing the action.

Vitali Klitschko is an exciting fighter, as he tends to brawl a lot rather than out-boxing his opponents. However, due to both brothers' demeanors, fans are not interested with the champs. The Klitschko brothers are gentlemen—they don't trash talk. I noticed that the previous champions like Ali and Tyson are good trash talkers. They certainly know how to hype up a fight, unlike these two.

Now, who should they face so they can bring back the interest in the heavyweight division?

When you take a look at the top contenders, you see names like Kali Meehan, Alexander Dimitrenko, Chris Arreola, David Haye, Alexander Povetkin, James Toney, and hell, even John Ruiz. Now, that isn't a good crop of contenders. That is why you can't criticize the brothers for facing weak competition when they don't have a choice.

With the names mentioned, I would love to see Wladimir face David Haye, as this would make a more interesting fight rather than Haye facing Vitali. And Vitali should challenge Chris Arreola after he finishes Juan Carlos Gomez.

Wladimir vs. Haye is better because David Haye has a chance to beat Wladimir, and Chris Arreola vs. Vitali will definitely be an all-out war, although I still see Vitali winning. That will shake things up in the division if those fights are made.

I also think that Nikolay Valuev against any Klitschko will get the casual fan's attention. However, the fight won't be that competitive as Valuev, who is a very nice giant, isn't that skilled as a fighter.

I just hope that new talents will rise so that we can have great champions in the future.