Klitschko vs. Thompson Results: What Victory Says About Wladimir's Legacy

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 8, 2012

Photo credit: buzzbox.com
Photo credit: buzzbox.com

Wladimir Klitschko's victory over Tony Thompson does nothing for his legacy.

In fact, the whole Heavyweight Division is hurting Klitschko's legacy. His defeat of Thompson on a mandatory rematch didn't do anything positive; it just opened many's eyes on how terrible the division truly is.

What will you remember him for? The fact that his TKO of Thompson on Saturday pushed his record to 58-3 with 51 KOs, or the fact that the competition to dethrone him as the best in the world is nonexistent?

I think I'll remember the latter.

Klitschko's competition isn't his fault; he can only fight the people in his division. However, nobody will ever speak of him being one of the best of all time given his competition.

He is a fantastic boxer with amazing power and skill. It's a shame that he doesn't receive the recognition he deserves, but it's a fact. The Heavyweight Division is bringing him down.

If somehow Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were Heavyweights and Klitschko was still dominating, he would be one of the top five fighters in the history of the sport.

But we will never be able to see that, given his competition and current age of 36. 

Klitschko has only lost three decisions since 1996. He has dominated the competition, recording 51 KOs. He hasn't lost since 2004.

His run has been historic, yet nobody talks about him. Why? Because few care if he can defeat the 40-year-old Tony Thompson for the second time in a row.

In the end, Klitschko's victory of Thompson does nothing to his legacy; it only opens our eyes to the division's weakness.