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Vitali impressed against Lennox Lewis, but was forced to retire after sustaining a deep cut just beneath his left eye
This is the only blip on the brother’s record, but it is a major one. Heavyweight boxing has suffered a huge decline in talent in the past decade.
The days of Holyfield, Tyson and Lewis are long gone. Harrison has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him in the early stages his career, and the biggest fight that either brother can look forward to is against a British cruiserweight who’s mouth is bigger than his right hook.
The brothers have dominated in a poor era of Heavyweight boxing.
The only opponent good enough to face one of the Klitschkos is the other sibling, and they have stressed that such a contest will never happen.
The defining moment of Vitali’s career, to date, is his 2003 bout against an aging Lennox Lewis.
Vitali would have won the bout, were it not for the undisputed champion making mincemeat of the Ukrainian’s left eye.
For the first six rounds the elder of the two brothers stood toe to toe with Lewis, forcing the Canadian born British boxer into a dogfight.
Lewis looked uncomfortable throughout the entire bout, he was unable to keep up with the pace of the fight and at times immobilised by the force of Vitali’s left jab.
Despite this, he still won the fight, defeating Vitali on medical grounds. It was a lucky escape for the Brit, and his refusal to have a rematch with Vitali shows that the Ukrainian left a strong impression.
This fight however was in 2003. Not since then has Vitali had a fight that could truly capture the imagination of the boxing fan base. Instead lighter weight categories are putting on the best fights.
This is not Vitali’s fault. At present, heavyweight boxing just happens to be a weak division.
The same can be said of Wladimir, whose crowning moment to date was defeating David Haye, another British boxer with a loud mouth, earlier this year.
Unlike Lewis, Haye is not a hard hitter and in reality not big enough to be a Heavyweight boxer. Wladimir went into the fight 14 kg (40 lbs.) heavier than Haye and almost three inches taller.
It was not an even match up, although no one had any problems with the Ukrainian handing the Brit with a much deserved slice of humble pie.
The problem now is where do the Klitschko’s go from here?
Between the two of them they have only fought one boxer who was truly great, Lennox Lewis, unless one was brave enough to throw David Haye into that category (which I am not.)
In comparison the names mentioned on the previous slides were the best of their golden generations. Ali defeated Frazier, Foreman and Cooper.
Louis defeated Max Schmeling and Billy Conn
Rocky Marciano defeated Joe Louis, Joe Walcott and Roland La Starza.
The Klitschkos do not have such an impressive collection of scalps.
It is likely that Vitali will at some point fight David Haye, which will be a box office hit. In reality the result is pre-determined. Vitali will destroy Haye because the British boxer is not a natural heavyweight.
As for Wladimir, the only fight that will draw a crowd as big as the one against Haye, will be a rematch against the "Hayemaker."
It will undoubtedly be a good money maker, but it is not going to force Dr. Steelhammers way into the all-time top-10 list.