Monthly Archives: January 2012

Vitali Klitschko vs Derek Chisora–The Consolation Prize

Now that’s some kind of consolation prize Derek Chisora received after losing two of his last three fights against Tyson Fury and Robert Helenius, the chance to fight the bigger, stronger, and grayer Klitschko brother Vitali.

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Best Pals

Vitali Klitschko has been invincible in his very active comeback after a 4 year retirement, 8-0, 6 KO and scarcely dropping a round in the process, but he’s now 40 years old and says this is his last year in boxing. We shall see since both the Klitschko brothers have been minting their own money at their choosing with their stellar performances. It’s a stretch to think that he can really retire from free silly money at his beck and call.

Now it’s true enough that the heavyweight ranks have been decimated at the hands of the brothers, so enter the latest dancing bear for Vitali to spar before spearing for the adoring crowds. Previous bouts against similar styled squat bodied Sam Peter, Chris Arreola and Odlanier Solis were easily handled before the knockouts.

Derek Chisora has made a handy negotiating tool for the brothers in maneuvering the forever flaky Mr David Haye into the ring, so now Chisora finally gets a well deserved if unearned chance for the upset of the decade if he can pull it off. He’s young, strong, and cocky even if he showed up double fat against Fury. He compounded that by showing up double dumb with a clowning fight plan of foul tactics against Helenius who was ripe for the taking with a damaged hand and shoulder that required surgery.

Maybe Chisora really thinks he can push Vitali hard enough to pop a wheel loose or strip some gears. Then again perhaps his promoter Frank Warren sees a short shelf life for the undisciplined lad and is making a final roll of the dice.

The grande gala commences on February 18th at the Olympiahalle in Munich, so win, lose, or draw, once again the rich history of heavyweight boxing notches another fight for the record books.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr & Nonito Donaire Usher in The New Year

Mark your calendars for February 4th when boxing’s first big card kicks off the new year in  old San Antone at the Alamodome when Nonito Donaire battles Wilfredo Vazquez Jr for the vacated WBO superbanty title that Vazquez used to own.

WBC middleweight belt holder and Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr may or may not be sanctioned to defend against the extremely dangerous Marco Antonio Rubio, but the fight seems to be on regardless. Basically WBC El Jefe Jose Sulaiman is in a feud with Bob Arum over some such silly comments each has made about the other recently, so we’ll have to see if these two old frogs can kiss each other into princes again for the belt to be officially on the line.

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The Donaire/Vazquez fight is the intriguing one since Donaire is a Ring ranked P4Per moving up to his superbanty debut after a spectacular 2011, knocking out Ring P4Per Fernando Montiel and shutting out undefeated Argentinean legend Omar Narvaez.  

Vazquez Jr was the amazing son of a Puerto Rican legend making his 3rd defense of his title when upset by the even more amazing Jorge Arce last year, so 2012 is his comeback year. Punching is his signature, winning all his title fights by spectacular KO until being knocked out in the last round by Arce who made their encounter into a dogfight. Vazquez had his moments and now knows what to expect from this elite level. While I expect Donaire to prevail, he better be at his best for this or else.

I am truly astounded that Bob Arum is risking a future projected superbout and Chavez Jr’s undefeated record against a dangerous puncher in Rubio. It takes the size, strength and chin of a Kelly Pavlik to take the fight to Rubio without being knocked out. Rubio can also be outboxed by a wary quality boxer, none of the above the sort of traits the much maligned Chavez is known for.

Junior is as game a fighter in boxing today, fighting hard against prospects and fringe contenders as he was slowly rounding into championship shape. While he hits hard enough for respect, the knockout is not his specialty any more than sublime boxing skills are. His dedication to his craft and conditioning have been suspect in the past, but moving up to the middleweight division seems to have suited him perfectly. His trainer Freddie Roach must see a quality gemstone in this rough diamond to have tutored him all these years, so Rubio is the next step in the development.

David Lemieux was an up and coming knockout artist and contender being fast tracked to a title shot before he was mistakenly matched with Rubio last year. Rubio took some wicked shots and didn’t seem long for this world, but Lemieux’s weakness was his youth, 23 years, and lack of rounds, only 65 rounds in the bank due to his ferocious early round stopping power. When the steam ran out and he had to start moving in reverse, the wily ring veteran walked him down and finally got him with a right behind the ear that took his legs out and crashed the back of his noggin into the turnbuckle. Ricky Hatton couldn’t come back from his heading of the turnbuckle in the Floyd Mayweather Jr fight either, so perhaps Lemieux can get back into the mix once he gets his training issues sorted.

Chavez seemingly does have his training issues sorted with a solid 211 rounds in the boxing bank and having stepped up his recent competition. His biggest unknown will be the same as Lemieux’s though, never having faced a big puncher. Additionally he gets hit much more than Lemieux who has quick feet and defensive moves to go with his power.

At any rate, it’s a quality set of action style match ups to kick off the new year, so catch it if you can.