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Manuel Charr Tapped For Vitali Klitschko Rehabilitation

This Vitali comeback is from left shoulder rehabilitation after holding back charging Dereck Chisora with the remaining right arm earlier this year. Vitali made some noises last year about 2012 being his last in boxing, so he scheduled a favored Kiev soccer stadium venue in tribute to his avid Ukrainian support. It goes without saying that as a Kiev mayoral candidate in upcoming elections, the fight can also be seen as a political platform to upgrade his profile with voters. Upsets happen often in politics however, his Ukrainian political opponents coordinated their collective muscle to get his fight booted in favor of a rock concert.

Fast forward, and now the fight is scheduled for September 8th at the Olimpiyskiy in Moscow. The Russian capital has become a new mecca of professional boxing in Eastern Europe as befits the rich boxing history of Russia and the surrounding Eastern European states.

Vitali vs Charr

Vitali vs Charr

Manuel Charr is an excellent young prospect, age 27 with a record of 21-0, 11 KO, but he’s never beaten a ranked fighter. He has the usual faded names of former prospects and contenders on his record while fighting his way up the rankings in Germany. His background is unusual though, having been born in Lebanon, not a place with much if any boxing history to my knowledge.

His weight runs around 235-250 range, perhaps a little heavy for his 6-4 frame, but pretty much the standard for heavyweights these days who only have to go 12 rounds at most these days. The thinking is that fighters and their trainers may feel the need for more mass to stay on their feet in the new era of scored knockdowns where a flash knockdown or touched glove count the same as a hard knockdown.

This fight was made possible because Charr has a WBC #7 ranking and was signable since he is now self promoted. The WBC #1 Chris Arreola wasn’t ready to commit to a challenge after being strafed out of sight by Vitali in 2009.

On paper and in reality, Charr chances lay somewhere between rail thin slim and none. It’s worth noting that historically, there have been some great fighters upset by untested prospects, particularly ailing great fighters. Perhaps also Charr has untapped potential just waiting for the right moment in time to express itself as when Neon Leon Spinks upset the mighty Muhammad Ali so many moons ago in the last millennium.

Regardless, we won’t be seeing Vitali Klitschko in the ring too much longer, but maybe he’s hedging his retirement in anticipation of bigger bouts to come with his recent comments. His mind’s eye says it’s retirement time, but his pocket book says it always has room for another run of the Klitschko mint.

Not a bad dilemma to be caught in. We should all be so lucky.

The Men of Luxembourg Say Oui to Haye vs Chisora

The men of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation have said “Non” to the imperious British Board of Boxing Control (BBB of C) and the European Union by saying “Oui” to the sanctioning of the all British rematch of the brawl between Mr. David “Pinky ToeHaye and his fellow outlaw boxer, Mr. Derek Chisora.

The tiny Luxembourg commission only has a few sanctioned fights to show for their existence thus far, yet were threatened with strippage of their office by the European Bully Boys aligned with the raging BBB of C who rule like Kings of Yore over British boxing.

The BBB of C have further threatened permanent suspensions for any the fighters and promoters of the event, scheduled for July 14 at Upton Park London, the hometown of the BBB of C if further insult is needed to further tweak injury.

HOF legend Frank Warren may be near the end of his career, but seems to have found renewed vigor with this battle in and out of the ring. The bully boys first refused to sanction the fight after the rather unseemly videotaped brawl by Haye and Chisora in Germany brought British boxing into “disrepute.”

But what about the fighters you ask?

Separated at birth and press conferences!

Separated at birth and press conferences!

Well, to be generous, both have some excellent talents and abilities, but to be quite frank about it, all the talent and fighting ability in the world counts for little when their mentality is more attuned to a thug’s cartoon character.

Mr. Pinky Toe is attempting what no fighter has ever attempted in the history of boxing, coming off a morbidly injured pinky toe that was blamed on his loss against Wlad Klitschko, a rather comical rendition of a British prizefighter, looking like a drunken sailor on shore leave whilst upright when not crawling around on his hands and knees looking like a tipsy flophouse floozie. It was a baker’s dozen times that Mr. Haye hit the canvas during the fight after Wlad took his legs away early in the bout with a big flurry on the ropes as the bell sounded.

The controversy over the extent of injury to the aggrieved pinky toe still rages with some MRI experts claiming poor pinky had a broken back. Others saw a ruptured bowel while others claim the appendage suffered mental injuries leading to a loss of self esteem, but to be fair, pinky toes have been poorly studied, so critical functions, organs and skeletal structure are just too tiny to detect serious injury with any accuracy.

Still, what a brave, unprecedented comeback this would be for Mr. Pinky Toe.

Now Mr. Chisora had a fine 14-0, 9 KO record going for him while holding the storied British Commonwealth belt, but, alas, he showed up hog fat in his defense against Tyson Fury who easily dismissed him as if he were no more than a tubby school boy. Then Chisora showed up double dumb against fellow heavyweight contender Robert Helenius in Finland by headbutting and then clowning around at critical points in the fight when he should have been winging punches against the injured Helenius who pulled out the decision. Somewhere he didn’t get the email explaining he was being paid as a professional boxer, not a professional clown.

Chisora somehow managed to compound that error of judgement by showing up triple thick, ruining a credible performance against WBC champ Vitali Klitschko who also injured his shoulder and needed an operation like Helenius. The net result his implosion left him short of victories, the Giants of Boxing 3 to Mr. Chisora’s zer0.

How did Chisora ruin his performance you ask?

He slapped Vitali during the obligatory face off, a stupid sucker shot, then spit at Wlad Klitschko who is part of Vitali’s team during the ring introductions for starters. Then, instead of basking in well deserved accolades for a gritty fight, he flew off the podium during the post fight presser to attack the taunting Mr. Pinky Toe, The Brawl I as it were, leading to his current BBB of C suspension. Look up apt descriptors and you’ll find “Seizing defeat from the jaws of victory” with Mr. Chisora’s boxing pose.

Look up “Hoist upon his own petard” and you will find Mr. Pinky Toe’s posing in stripped suggestive poses for various of the British glossy mags. He promised to clean out the heavyweight division, yet has only been able to sweep up a few tyny dust bunnies in far away corners.

No guarantees that the Men of Luxembourg will have enough power to pull off this event. Boxrec hasn’t even put it on their schedule even as their British boxing media arm has been updating the latest details.

British interest is spiking with the gate reported as approaching 30,000. Suffice to say with the multitudes of metrosexed dandies mixing in with the throngs of thuggish tuffs, this event may well be better known for the rabbit punches, low blows, and blindsided sucker punches both in and out of the ring than any adherence to the Marquis of Queensbury rules.

Could be a riot going on in the home of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Summer Olympics!

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.

Best Pals
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.

The Robert Helenius Finnish Homecoming Vs Dereck Chisora

A rare title fight takes place December 3rd in Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland when new WBA titlest Alexander Povetkin puts boxing’s softest title on the line against 42 year old Cedric Boswell.

It goes without saying the little known Boswell was brought in to lose, so he best bring his big punch because he is not likely to outwork the busy Povetkin who at least has a work ethic going for him.

The Finnish Finish

The Finnish Finish

The serious heavyweight action takes place when the Finnish Nordic Nightmare Robert Helenius has a homecoming against Dereck Chisora who recently was well lumped by young heavyweight phenom Tyson Fury.

Helenius has been on a tear everytime he steps up in class, but to be fair, Chisora lacks the credentials of previous champs Helenius has knocked out. Chisora is a young, strong, tough fighter who was on a rampage in Britain until Fury derailed him and did briefly hold the British Commonwealth title. He also broke into the Boxrec top 10, so in his comeback he could prove to be a tougher fighter this time around.

Del Boy in his pomp

Del Boy in his pomp

Both Helenius and Chisora are the same age, 27, with the same number of fights, 16, and near the same rounds, 81 for Chisora to Helenius 79, so they are evenly matched in raw numbers with the Helenius record at 16-0, 11 KO edging out Chisora at 15-1, 9 KO.

This vacant EBU title challenge could be quite entertaining since both are big, strong, prime heavies who come to fight with some big punches, but only if Chisora can step up his game from his Fury effort. He was doughy looking and overweight, sometimes a by product of fighters looking for extra mass when they go against giants such as Fury or Vitali Klitschko. More to the point, he was clumsy without a gameplan other than landing the big punch.

Helenius is on an undefeated upswing and should be the big favorite with the oddsmakers. Chisora has seen his star plummet after the Fury loss, but therein lays his hope. Sometimes a fighter in his big homecoming against fighters they are supposed to beat can get caught up in all the hoopla of “The Magnificance of Me” and lose their focus by the time of the first the bell.

The Chisora style is that of a straight ahead puncher, and in boxing, one good punch could mean a huge payday in his next fight, so this is his puncher’s chance. Helenius can be a slow starter as he dials in his timing and punch placement, but for a big man he has shown some bruising, eyecatching combinations when he gets going for impressive stoppages.

Is this copromotion a preview with the winner getting a crack at the WBA “regular” title currently held by Povetkin? That would likely be Helenius who is signed to the same promoter, Sauerland Events.

The Perfect Furious Storm–Tyson Fury vs Neven Pajkic

November 12 will mark Fury’s 1st professional homecoming in his birthplace of Manchester. The Brits are making much of his 3rd straight undefeated opponent angle, but facts are the Derek Chisora fight was the big one.

Fury vs Pajkic

Fury vs Pajkic

Canadian Champion Neven Pajkic is more than an opponent for Fury, the fight is being billed as a grudge match of bad blood between the two, something sure to rile the crowd up. Maybe, but it’s also a step down, stay busy, learn your craft type of fight that Fury needs to progress and yes, Fury is steadily accumulating very respectable resume.

The grudge factor would seemingly translate into an aggressive ring affair, but Fury is already an aggressive fighter, so I doubt there is enough animosity for either to raise(or lower) their game to another level. Pajkic gives away much height and reach and hasn’t had a knockout in his last 6 fights against inferior opposition to Fury. He does look like the prototypical Canadian tough guy who can have his moments though, perfect to provide the needed rounds for Fury to progress. 

The 23 yr old Fury is exactly where he needs to be as the #1 British heavyweight and #9 heavyweight in the boxrec ratings. He’s also the defending British Commonwealth belt holder for this bout, so he’s been a busy lad in his brief career thus far.

I have no doubt he could beat the new WBA “champ” Alexander Povetkin, but that fight is not likely to happen anytime soon. Povetkin won’t be anywhere near a top ten contender as long as his promotional team milk his career for as long as they are able like they did with Mr. David Haye.

Ultimately Fury is going to have to challenge a Klitschko brother for his title shot, something he needs at least another year or two in development. I’m thinking that a fight against one of the few remaining American fringe contenders in Las Vegas would be the perfect promotional and developmental fight for him sometime next year.

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Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers are the only Americans in the top 10 and were scheduled to meet before Chambers came down with injury. Tomasz Adamek used #24 Michel Grant to prepare for his challenge to Vitali Klitschko, so that would seem to be ideal for Fury.

Then there is the spector of the Klitschko managed giant Russian, Alexander Ustinov, who recently acquired the European(EBU) title. That would be a well respected title challenge and a battle of giants and perhaps also an elimination bout for the right to challenge a Klitschko.

Tyson Fury has managed to remake the world into his own oyster thus far, so I look for him to make a statement with his homecoming and move on to bigger and better things, something sorely needed in the Klitschko depleted ranks of worthy contenders.

Neven Pajkic currently has first crack at the immediate future of Tyson Fury, so we’ll just have to see what he has to say.

The Battle of Britain–Tyson Fury vs Derek Chisora

Fury vs Chisora

Both will enter sporting near identical 14-0 records with Fury having one more KO at 10 to Chisora’s 9 KOs. Fury is the English champ whereas Chisora will defend his British crown. Both talk a good fight with boasts of projected ring mayhem, but soon enough push will come to shove and they will have to step into the ring to prove it, thank goodness.

Ring Hijinks
Ring Hijinks

Fury of course is the jolly funsized man-child of boxing, all 21 years, 6-9 and 260+lbs of him equipped with a fast jab and nimble feet that belie a man of his size. Chisora is no wilting flower himself, standing some 6-2 and 240 stumpy lbs of solid development who thrives as a come forward fighter at ring center, exactly the style of Fury, so both get to use their natural styles if they choose.

This being boxing, we can’t say if either has any new wrinkles they will debut, but lately Fury has been seen under the tutelege of reknown Manny Steward who may have some influence in this fight and perhaps even be in Fury’s corner for the fight. That would seemingly translate to more powerful single punches, more footwork, and more clinching for Fury, but we shall have to wait and see.

Both have proven to be durable all action fighters at previous levels, so the fight should last a while if not be bitterly contested to the end. Fury fights at a higher pace with more punches, so off hand I tend to think his higher punch output could be the key to the fight if Chisora can’t keep pace.

The View From the Bottom
The View From the Bottom

Chisora has also been inactive of late, his last bout coming in September of last year, but he’s at least been in training while being caught up in the international merry go round between Wlad Klitschko and David Haye, so I’m thinking he should be well honed in a hard edge of frustration over being used as a pawn in the politics of world title negotiations.

Fury has twice beat a similar sized, styled and more experienced fighter in Big John McDermott. Chisora has no experience against someone of Fury’s size and talent, but he had been training hard for the ill fated Klitschko fight so should be well prepped for the size difference at least.

I’m guessing that Chisora will be the marginal favorite with Fury backers coming on strong the last week to perhaps reverse the odds. The casual British fight fans for whom this donnybrook is dedicated are treated to two supersized young bucks looking to rumble their way into big time heavyweight boxing.

The fight should be good enough that the loser may also enhance his status as often happens in all action battles, so you’ve been forewarned, the occasion cannot be missed.