Wladimir Klitschko Finds a Fight And a Heavyweight Tournament Looms Near

Tyler CurtisAnalyst IOctober 12, 2010

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23:  Wladimir Klitschko (L) of Ukraine lands a left jab to the head of Sultan Ibragimov (R) of Russia during their WBO and IBF/IBO Unification Heavyweight World Championship bout on February 23, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Wladimir Klitschko will officially fight Derek Chisora in December of this year as Chisora signed the contract. This fight will surely get criticized but you should hold your tongue as far as this fight goes.

Klitschko has beat almost every top contender out there including Eddie Chambers, Tony Thompson, Samuel Peter (twice) and Ruslan Chagaev.

The other top guys have dodged Klitschko and have no real desire to fight him and he cant fight his brother. This leaves him with guys like Chisora who are 14-0 and just aren’t at the top level yet.

When I recently compiled my top 10 boxing prospects Chisora was my top fighter but he isn’t ready for this level yet. He will probably get drubbed but he at least has the guts to sign the fight.

The best things that will come out of this fight is a boost in name recognition in the U.K. and this will possibly eliminate Chisora as a option for David Haye.

This is what happens when you have a fighter so dominant that he beats all the top fighters and scares the other fighters away. Larry Holmes had the same problems.

The elder Klitschko will be in the ring this weekend against the erratic and somehow still relevant Shannon Briggs. This fight again is an example of beating the top guys and having the others dodge you.

He hasn’t beaten the same guys as Wladimir (outside of Peter) but he has a decent list of fighters he has beaten since coming back. The list includes Peter, Juan Carlos Gomez and Kevin Johnson.

His last fight was against a nobody and this fight is against an ancient fighter but Briggs is in great shape and always has a punchers chance.

His lack of mobility and just downright terrible work rate will probably be his undoing but he can change a fight with one punch even against iron chinned Vitali.

The last piece of heavyweight news we will get to is a proposed IBF tournament to determine a challenger for Wladimir. This would be the second time the IBF has done this to get a challenger for him.

The four fighters appear to be Alexander Dimitrenko, Jonathon Banks, Eddie Chambers and Jean Marc Mormeck. Denis Boytsov was offered a spot and declined and Chambers took his spot.

Dimitrenko will fight Banks and Chambers will fight Mormeck. Mormeck was rumored to be fighting Hasim Rahman but that appears to be off now that he is involved in this.

Honestly these fighters are a lot worse then the last field the IBF put together. The last tournament they put together included Chambers, Chris Byrd, Alexander Povetkin, and Calvin Brock.

The tournament went pretty well but Povetkin sat on his mandatory and did nothing with it. As far as this tournament goes this is a pretty sad slate of fighters.

Chambers has already been knocked out by Wladimir and doesn’t seem to want any part of him, Moremeck and Banks are former cruiserweights that haven’t looked good at heavyweight and neither have a marquee win.

Dimitrenko would seem like the best fighter but he already has a lopsided loss to Chambers. The only good outcome of this is there are three good fights and Dimitrenko comes out on top.

That doesn’t mean Dimitrenko will challenge Wladimir but it seems like he will have the best chance to beat him. He only has the one loss to Chambers and if he avenges it I would buy him as a legitimate challenger.

The problem here is the heavyweight division is thin and the guys near the top don’t want any part of either Klitschko. Ah to be a heavyweight in 2010.


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