Vitali Klitschko is going head-to-head with former heavyweight title holder and asthmatic Shannon Briggs. The fight will take place in Germany as most Klitschko bouts do these days.
People are going to trash Briggs as an opponent and rightfully so. However, there just aren’t many fighters who are stepping up to fight Klitschko either, and Briggs still has a big right hand.
At any rate, this fight is going to be brutally boring and although I’ll be watching it, this is one where you may just want to catch the highlights after the fight is over.
Briggs has never had a good work rate and, at times, is just a big, hulking mass standing in the ring looking at his opponent. Although he will shoot the big right hand, he doesn’t set it up at all and that won’t fly against Vitali.
Vitali, on the other hand, doesn’t take risks like he used to unless there is no threat of him getting hurt. He didn’t even take many risks against long-shot Albert Sosnowski.
Expect a typical Klitschko fight with a lot of jabs, some big punches and not a lot of action. Briggs hasn’t been stopped since 1998 and that run will probably end this weekend.
Look for a Klitschko stoppage or more likely a corner stoppage around the eighth or ninth round.
Bute vs. Brinkley
The other, somewhat big fight this weekend is the Lucian Bute-Jesse Brinkley clash in Montreal. This is another fight with one very good and one mediocre fighter.
Bute gets hailed as the best super middleweight and he very well may be, but his resume leaves a lot to be desired. His best win is over Sakio Bika, who is an average fighter.
Since that win, he has beaten a lot of also-rans in Alejandro Berrio, William Joppy, Librado Andrade twice, Fulgencio Zuniga and Edison Miranda.
All of those fighters have something in common—a big punch and little else. Andrade is probably the best of that bunch and he has little skill.
His best attribute is that he is a tough guy with a great chin and he wears you down faster than you wear him down. Brinkley falls under the same banner as these guys. He is a solid veteran who deserves the payday and a little time in the spotlight but won’t pose much threat to the much-better Bute.
Brinkley doesn’t possess any real talent besides being a good fundamental boxer and having a deep belief in himself. You want to root for him but you know there is no use because he won’t win.
His best shot would be to knock out Bute but he doesn’t have a big punch and Bute has a good chin. This fight shouldn’t be competitive at all and will be over fast.
Bute should win this fight by mid-round. I am calling for a knockout in the sixth round.
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