Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has dreamed up the perfect game plan to defeat both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. The stratagem involves two boxing greats from yesteryears.
You would have to fight Klitschko like a Joe Frazier or Henry Armstrong. Come in behind the jab. Move your head all the time. Get inside and stay there. And when he misses, make him pay with devastating counter punches. It would be very physical.
At his peak, Tyson’s (50-6-2NC-44 KOs) head movement was legendary, a technique that he employed to enable him to deliver his punches with murderous intentions.
That said, Tyson’s strategy sounds good in theory, but which current crop of heavyweights could successfully employ those tactics? At present, the division is shorn of would be Tyson’s, Frazier’s and Armstrong’s, so the answer is none.
The Klitschko brothers have taken on and defeated the best that the heavy-hitting assemblage can offer and they’ve done it with ease for nigh on a decade.
As of December of 2003, Vitali (44-2-40 KOs), the WBC champion, has gone undefeated in his last 12 outings—defeating the likes of Corrie Sanders, Samuel Peter, Chris Arreola and Shannon Briggs, and brash Brit, Dereck Chisora.
Conversely, Wladimir last tasted defeat in 2004 when he was stopped by Lamon Brewster in the fifth-round of their WBO heavyweight clash.
Since then, the Ukrainian has ridden a 15-fight win streak and is currently the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight titlist.
He holds notable wins against Peter (twice), Chris Byrd, Calvin Brock and Brewster. Wladimir (57-3-50 KOs) also trounced Hasim Rahman, Eddie Chambers, David Haye and most recently Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck.
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