WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko, did exactly what everyone thought he would do Saturday night and knocked out 40-year-old Tony Thompson in the sixth round.
Which Klitschko is better?
Wladimir himself is one of the most impressive fighters in the history of the sport. With 16 straight wins spanning over eight years of heavyweight domination, there is little doubt that there is no one who can stand toe-to-toe with either of the Klitschkos.
Wladimir told the media (h/t Sport24.co.za) after his victory over Thompson:
I didn't have a doubt from the beginning of the fight that I would defend my titles...It was really difficult to land the punches. He's very sneaky, he sees the punches, he never loses eye contact which makes him super alert...I felt I had the strength, speed, condition and power.
Wladimir knows he is good, we know that for certain.
What has come as nothing but a constant source of hope for the sport of boxing has been the class that both of the Klitschko brothers have carried themselves with throughout their reign.
The problem is that there is an utter lack of competition in the weight class. While the casual fan will always associate boxing with the heavyweight division, it has become a barren wasteland of mediocre fighters taking their shots at the two kings of the mountain.
As much as the real super fight would be Vitali vs. Wladimir, the brothers will never square off.
While the casual boxing fans should care more about the dominance the brothers are having over the heavyweight division, they won’t until there is real competition or controversy.