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Soklin’s Corner: Klitschko May Be My New Favorite Fighter

Wladimir Klitschko has what many boxing fans want, not a bubbly personality, or golden boy appearance, Klitschko has the ability to knock out any fighter with one punch at any time. The way I see it there are two types of boxing fans; the fans who love the sport, they understand the sweet science and are impressed by a boxer’s speed, agility and ring awareness. The other type of fan, the type I fall into, enjoys the big hit, the violence of the sport and the anticipation of the one big punch.


Tyson had “it.” Every time he walked into a ring the tension in the arena would build in fear for his opponent. The German crowd last Saturday knew Austin had no chance. They knew Klitschko was one punch away from putting Austin on the mat.
The crowd was probably expecting one big right hand and Austin to be put out of his misery. They got it. They got one horrendous first round, a boring first minute of the second round, and then Klitschko unleashed four left hooks and Austin was done. The thunderous left hook from Klitschko left Austin stunned and albeit a short fight it was exciting for fight fans. Klitschko gave fight fans hope and he gave us a possibility of a next great champion; that with one great punch could knock out any potential threat. As important as Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and many others are for boxing the heavyweight division is the most important and the sport needs a dominant heavyweight to draw the attention of fans worldwide.
As a fan I’m hoping that Nioklai Valuev (46-0), Oleg Maskaev (34-5) and whoever else has a share of the heavyweight championship take the challenge and face Klitschko. Klitschko could bring back intrigue and appeal to the almost forgotten heavyweight division. He has the ability to knock out any fighter with one punch and that is what the fans want to see. Here’s hoping that Wladimir Klitschko is the next undisputed heavyweight champion, although I’ve been told I look like Valuev who may be his next opponent. Larry Merchant referenced the chances of unification and summed it up pretty well when he said that “Klitschko is no perfect heavyweight, but he is a pretty damn good one.” Pretty damn good is good enough for me.
Note to HBO-anyone would be better than Lennox Lewis on color commentary
Larry Merchant quote of the week
“Are you? I know you’re happy of course? It’s it’s easier to say, it’s easy to do than it is to do. But do you want the real challenge to fight the best out there, to try to unify the title.”

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2 Responses to “Soklin’s Corner: Klitschko May Be My New Favorite Fighter”

  1. SwatSultan says:

    great post!

  2. Blam is Fat says:

    Jeff-
    your column is both informative and intriguing. I love the quote of the week from Larry Merchant and I agree with you that Lennox Lewis is brutal as a color man. You are the best boxing analyst ever, you must be a lifelong fan.

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