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English Dillion Whyte vs Aussie Lucas Browne

Englishman Dillian Whyte defends his WBC Silver Heavyweight title against Aussie Lucas Browne for the unofficial Commonwealth title at The O2 in London, March 24. The 29 year old Whyte last beat the inactive, comebacking former contender Robert Helenius, so no surprises to see him as the #1 ranked WBC heavyweight with their WBC champion ducking him to take on an old man on blood pressure medication.

Boxing has been in a slow soak of the steaming hot mess they have made of their sport for a number of years now, just a pitiable oversight of the sport in total disrespect of the majority of honorable boxers only wanting fairly officiated matches in a fairly run sport and rabid fans only wanting the same.

Ain’t no chance in Hell that will happen in my lifetime except for occasional exceptions, so we the fans are gonna have to die and go to Valhalla to see the best face the best in a fairly run sport.

The WBC champ, Deyonce Wilder makes peanut purses fighting TBA journeymen setups compared to the tens of millions former champ Mike Tyson made for every fight that the real Heavyweight champ, Anthony Joshua, now commands in England. The whole world knew who Mike Tyson is, but it’s debatable if 50% of Deyonce’s hometown of Tuscaloosa know who he is. No matter, the winner of Whyte vs Browne is the WBC mandatory challenger to his peanuts purse.

Browne is undefeated, 22-0, 22 KO, as the former interim WBA champ after having been caught in the vise of the incompetent drug testing cartels for some infinitesimally tiny drug infraction of disputed results. He has some size and strength over Whyte, 22-1, 16 KO, who is hardly a wilting flower, but their different boxing styles and fighting mentalities, Browne being more the traditional upright style and Whyte more the awkward slugger style, make this one of the better fights that could be found in the division…Hallelujah…

 

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.

Russian Roulette–Povetkin vs Chagaev–Helenius vs Liakhovich

An amazing Russian heavyweight elimination tourney of sorts takes place in Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany on Saturday, August 27 when Alexander Povetkin squares off against Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA “Regular” Championship while Robert Helenius takes on Siarhei Liakhovich for the WBA/WBO Intercontinental belts.

OK, Robert Helenius and Siarhei Liakhovich are the odd men out, being only the amiable next door Finnish and Belarussian neighbors rather than pure Russian rivals, but it’s a great time to cash in on the Russian connection while they’re still around.

Ruslan Chagaev

Ruslan Chagaev

Povetkin has the most impressive amateur credentials with his Olympic Gold Medal, but Chagaev comes in with his World Gold medal. Both were heavily promoted all action style fighters at the start of their pro careers, but have petered out of late due to an overwhelming lethargy in their fights and careers.  

Perhaps there really is only a single bullet left in their collective chambers that they mean to use up in this Russian Roulette elmination bout. A few years ago and interest in the bout would have been notable, but today, who really cares that much other than their mothers?

Helenius and Liakhovich were also heralded amateurs before rising to some acclaim in the pro ranks.

Robert Helenius

Robert Helenius

Helenius, however, is the only legitimate threat to the Klitschko reign, being a supersized heavy himself with plenty of heart, chin, and punch to handle all previous challenges.

Liakhovich is no wilting flower, though. The former WBO champ had considerable talent that he never fully realized, so this looks like the last go round for him and one huge obstacle to overcome since his last big bout, a wide decision loss to big Niko Valuev some 3 yrs ago.

The White Wolf has the coolest boxing moniker by a long shot, but he’s the oldest and most inactive of this foursome, age 35 with only two fights in last 3 years, both knockouts over modest opposition. Helenius gives the impression of a young Cassius, a lean and hungry look about him at only age 27 and improving fight by fight. The White Wolf may have other plans, so they got to fight to prove who really wants it.

Could really be a corker if Liakhovich shows up in great shape ready for a fight.

White Wolf

White Wolf

Returning to the scene of “The Big Names,” Povetkin and Chagaev have spent the last few years circling the collective drain at what should have been their peak years. Chagaev at least has the excuse of a debillitating blood disease, hepititus, whereas Povetkin just up and quit on himself after a great start. His brain trust has tried to remake him in the image of Teddy Atlas, but that was like a really bad hair day everyday with a future as rosy as a Viva Las Vegas Sunday morning shotgun wedding.

Povetkin

Povetkin

I like Chagaev’s experience here, but likely this is a decision and we all know judges don’t always respect the sweet science as much as they do cushy offciating assignments. Any close decision is likely to go to Povetkin who has no such health restrictions in making fights as does Chagaev with his blood testing woes.

Be nice for the division and future development of boxing in Russia if these guys put forth a dynamic bout, but their current realty is more like a sedentary effort suffices.

It’s gonna be up to Helenius and Liakhovich to salvage the card, but regardless, Helenius looks to be a headliner for the next few years, so there you have it, new talent rising and old talent falling off as it should be.

The Nightmares–Robert Helenius vs Samuel Peter

The ambitious heavyweight contender Robert Helenius takes the big leap forward against former WBC champ Samuel Peter in a crossroads type of fight for both on Saturday, April 2nd.

Nordic Nightmare

Nordic Nightmare

The bout takes place in Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany with the 27 yr old Helenius being closer to home evirons than Peter who has taken 2 of his 4 career losses in Germany against the Klitschko brothers.

The Nordic Nightmare Helenius hails from Finland, a land seldom associated with top level pro boxing, but he has proven himself in both the amateur and professional ranks thus far, currently sporting an undefeated 14-0, 9 KO pro record.

Nigerian Nightmare Samuel Peter counters with a 34-4, 27 KO record with the stakes being a title shot to the winner and claims on the nightmare moniker. 

Nigerian Nightmare

Nigerian Nightmare

Interesting bout in that Peter has been effectively shut out by the tall Klitschko brothers, but of course 6-7 Helenius is nowhere near as accomplished as they are. Helenius does have fundamental boxing basics with determination and some power which was on display when he impressively whacked out former WBO champ Lamont Brewster not too long ago.

Brewster was getting on in boxing years however, whereas Peter is still young for the division and could well be the first to nip the developing Helenius in the bud if he is motivated enough. Training issues in the form of excess poundage have plagued him much of his career, though in today’s 12 round climate with point scoring knockdowns and premature stoppages, it’s an advantage to pack on a few extra pounds.

Helenius himself is not exactly a svelte heavy, not looking much like an athlete at all, but he seems to have been bringing his weight down from a recent high of 252 into the 230s of late

Both Peter and Helenius are straight forward offensive oriented fighters with plenty to test each other, so I see this as a fairly entertaining fight with Peter being the slight favorite.

What remains unknown is how much the beating by Wlad Klitschko last year took out of him, but Peter’s taken some time to recover so should be good enough for a hard go at Helenius, which is really what the fans really want to see, an oldfashioned heavyweight slugfest.

Mainly, it’s good to see two top contenders fighting for a change and not the tiptoe through the tulips falsetto arrangement the regrettable WBA title holder has been tickling his soft English public with in recent years.