BO, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine titlist “Dr. Steelhammer” Wladimir Klitschko and his older brother, WBC titlist Vitali, are two of the preeminent heavyweights in the annals of boxing.
Unfortunately, Pope Joseph Ratzinger will pray in a synagogue before the Ukrainian blood battle each other in the squared circle for supremacy.
Wladimir (55-3, 49 KOs) is scheduled to fight Zimbabwe-born Brit Derek Chisora (14-0, 19 KOs) April 30 in Germany, and Vitali (40-2, 38 KOs) is slated to scrap Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs) at a time and location yet to be determined.
Since Wladimir and Vitali (nicknamed “Dr. Ironfist”) will never meet in the ring, WBA heavyweight king David “The Hayemaker” Haye has emerged as the only viable candidate to potentially trump one of the Klitschkos.
“Haye is an active fighter and he has very good skills,” said Mike Cappiello (33-6), a native of Brockton (Mass.) who once fought for the IBO super featherweight crown. “But, he is just too small to overcome the size of the Klitschko brothers.”
Cappiello could not possibly be more correct with his assessment.
Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) is an Englishman who possesses decent power in both of his fists and he is extremely quick and in superb physical condition.
Hence, “The Hayemaker” hasn’t been defeated since he lost to Carl Thompson (34-6, 25 KOs) by a fifth round TKO at Wembley Arena in October 2004.
Nevertheless, Haye would be utterly brutalized by either Ukrainian superpower in a pugilistic affair.
Since Haye is essentially harmless, it is intriguing to ponder who would hypothetically emerge victorious in a bout pitting Wladimir against Vitali.
Wladimir, who captured a gold medal as a super heavyweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, hasn’t lost a bout since he suffered a fifth-round technical knockout against Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Meanwhile, Vitali, the owner of the highest heavyweight knockout percentage in history (95 percent), has not been overcome since Lennox Lewis escaped with an extremely controversial sixth round TKO victory due to a grotesque gash over the left eye of “Dr. Ironfist.”
Remarkably, Vitali, who earned a silver medal as a super heavyweight at the 1995 World Amateur Championships in Berlin, has never once hit the canvas as a professional.
On the contrary, Wladimir has a relatively suspect chin and he has been knocked onto Queer Street twice against inferior opponents like Corrie Sanders (42-4, 31 KOs) and Lamon Brewster (35-6, 30 KOs).
“Wladimir Klitschko can be beat,” said Cappiello, the owner of Cappiello Brothers Boxing gym in The City of Champions. “He is always on the outside not wanting to be hit because he knows his chin isn’t the greatest.”
Wladimir is an expert boxing technician who at his best could beat any heavyweight ever by a decision on a given night.
Vitali is a tough, rugged and strong man who could render any heavyweight unconscious with a sound connection to the kisser.
Wladimir is 34 years of age, and Vitali is 39, and that five-year gap would prove pivotal and allow the younger Klitschko to presently triumph on a consistent basis.
However, if they were simultaneously in their respective primes, Vitali would be the more dominant force of the two.
At the peak of their careers, if they fought on 10 occasions, Vitali would have vanquished his famous kin via knockout on seven instances.
Conversely, Wladimir, with his precise fists, would have managed to eke out three successful bouts on the scorecards versus his older kin.
Granted, the once glamorous heavyweight division is now in a state of absolute shame.
Still, despite this porous era, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko are legitimate prizefighters for the ages.
Vitali is just better than his little sibling ever was or will be.