Wladimir Klitschko defeated Alex Leapai with ease on Saturday, April 26 at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhause on Saturday, April 26, dropping the Australian-Samoan three times (legitimately, twice) and added a 52nd knockout win on his ledger, however, his performance has been lambasted by Tyson Fury, who was in the Eurosport studio to comment on the match-up, the victory and how he’d approach a dust-up with the dominant Ukrainian (62-3-0, 52ko).
Wladimir Klitschko (62-3-0, 52ko) retained his IBF/WBO/WBA & IBO heavyweight title collection at the expense of Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24ko) as the Ukrainian icon dominated his 34-year-old challenger at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen on Saturday, April 26. Inspired by light heavyweight don Bernard Hopkins, who annexed another 175lb belt recently despite his age – 49 – Wladimir showed no signs of slowing down himself as a long-reigning champion, at 38.
Rematching heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora met once again earlier today, Thursday, ahead of their anticipated bust-up for the British and EBU heavyweight titles, with a shot at the WBO championship currently held by Wladimir Klitschko awaiting the winner on July 26 at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester.
Chisora arrived for the media conference later than the scheduled time, no doubt invoking the eventual wrath of Fury, who told the assembled journalists: “All this mumbo-jumbo, great fights and all that – basically, let me tell you straight how it is… [he grabs microphone, accidentally breaking his before looking for promoter Francis Warren's].
“Listen, I’m Tyson Fury, I’m the best heavyweight on the planet, this idiot is getting knocked spark out and I’m sick to death of this. This motherf****r is going to sleep!”
It is at this point where Fury proceeded to flip the table over, leaving the championship belts, microphones and reporter dictaphones flying, while everyone in the room appeared bemused.
In years gone past, Chisora – whose list of misdemeanours include attempting to snog Carl Baker at a weigh-in, biting Paul Butler, slapping Vitali Klitschko, spitting water at Wladimir Klitschko and rioting with David Haye at a post-fight presser – may have risen to the bait and engaged Fury in verbal jousting, yet the Finchley swarmer remained composed, to his credit.
“A couple of years ago I would have launched at him as well, but things are different now I’m older, more mature and wiser. Tyson is still an in experienced young puppy now that he’s moved up into my company and he can’t handle it.”
Since Chisora has dedicated himself fully to his craft, after a fifth-round knockout defeat to Haye at West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground in the classic British rain, Del Boy has gone undefeated, teekayoing Hector Alfredo Avila, Malik Scott, Edmund Gerber, Ondrej Pala and decisioning Kevin Johnson, most recently, at the Copper Box Arena, East London.
In the summer, he’ll hope to continue that streak so that he finally has the mandatory shot at Wladimir, a fighter he was twice scheduled to previously challenge, but was twice left at the altar, with the steel-hammer fisted Ukrainian citing injury. The motivation to therefore dish out his own brand of in-ring punishment will be strong in the 30-year-old.
“He’s well out of his depth going in against me, for him it’s like going from a paddling pool with armbands to jumping in the sea with sharks, and I’m the biggest baddest shark in the heavyweight pool, he’s going to get ripped to shreds.”
Chisora then wanted to remind Fury of the facts: “He needs to remember that I’m the champion coming into this fight, I hold the European title, he’s the challenger. I was at my worst when we fought and he couldn’t stop me. I’ll be coming in bang on 17st and I’ll have fitness and power. I’ll destroy his body and go hunting for his head. He’d better be fit and ready for what I’ve coming for him.”
On turning the table upside down, Chisora added: “Tyson needs the publicity, he has to do things and say things that get people talking about him to make him feel important, he still feels he has to prove things to people. I don’t feel that need [so] I’ll let my fists do the talking and I’ll destroy Fury in just the same style you see now, cool, calm and collected.”
With Tyson out of the building, his uncle/trainer Peter Fury provided journalists with copy from the Tyson camp: “Dereck’s a great fighter and poses a very serious threat. It’s a big fight with a chance for the winner to fight for the world title, the European and British titles are also there, but no doubt about it we want the world title fight more than anything else.”
The loot on offer includes the British heavyweight title and European belt, with a shot at the WBO championship
Fury looks increasingly bored as Chisora makes the industry wait for his entrance
Fury breaks a microphone by accident as he begins to go barking
Fury flips the table in the midst of his mad moment, with Warren wondering where to look – awkward!
Chisora sarcastically clapped Fury for his outburst, but here he looks shocked
By Tommy Barber, London
Colourful heavyweight Tyson Fury, an ever-quotable heavyweight with a mouth so full of motor that you have to rewire your dictaphone just to keep up, has confirmed what most suspected… that in a moment of downright kissed-off annoyance at the David Haye non fight fiasco the behemoth called it quits on his career only to go back on that word today, Thursday… he’s back baby, and he’s calling out the division.
Sam Janes – Leicester
Last weekend we saw OnTheBeak’s top two Pound for Pound fighters enter the ring for the first time in 2013, with Floyd Mayweather Jr outclassing Robert Guerrero over 12 after Wladimir Klitschko overpowered and eventually knocked Francesco Pianeta out in the sixth. Both men retained their Ring Magazine titles and further more cemented their status as untouchable in their own weight class.
Press Releases – Sauerland
There is exciting news for Robert Helenius (18-0-0, 11ko) and Kubrat Pulev (17-0-0, 9ko) as both top heavyweight contenders currently hold the number one spot in their respective rankings. After beating former world champions Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich, the WBO already instated Helenius as their number one fighter in September, last year. However, after the fight for the European Championship against Dereck Chisora in December 2011, the Finn had to take a longer break due to a serious shoulder injury.
On November 10, Helenius gave his successful comeback in Helsinki. After ten rounds, the “Nordic Nightmare” won a unanimous points decision against Sherman “The Tank” Williams – the WBO’s previous number ten. In their latest Rankings, 28-year-old Helenius is back as the number one ranked boxer.
Kubrat Pulev has also been enjoying some very successful months. The prodigy of coach Otto Ramin first laced his gloves as a professional in September, 2009. In his debut fight as a pro, he beat Romanian Florian Benche on points. Since then, the 31-year-old has won every single one of his 17 fights and boasts a perfect record.
The big break came this year after beating Alexander Dimitrenko to claim the European Championship on May 5 in Erfurt, Germany. Another victory followed on September 29, when the Bulgarian took on the 140-Kilo colossus Alexander Ustinov in Hamburg. Hence, the move up to first place of the official IBF (International Boxing Federation) rankings was just a matter of time.
The current WBO and IBF Champion is Wladimir Klitschko. The Ukrainian also holds the WBA Super Champion status. The regular WBA Champion is Alexander Povetkin (25-0-0, 17ko and pictured below), who is signed to Team Sauerland just like Helenius and Pulev.
“The hunt for Wladimir Klitschko is on. First, he will have to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. Once that fight has happened, we will see if Klitschko is still the champion,” said a confident Kalle Sauerland.
“We already have one heavyweight world champion in Povetkin. With Robert Helenius and Kubrat Pulev we have two more fighters who [are] capable of taking the belts [from] Klitschko. Added to that, we also have 24-year-old heavyweight hopeful Edmund Gerber in our ranks. But before we can start thinking of anything else, Klitschko has to face Povetkin.”
In boxing terms the year for Team Sauerland ends with Arthur Abraham’s title defense against Mehdi Bouadla on December 15. However, the planning for 2013 has already begun and it will start off with a bang. The legendary Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany will host the all-German affair between current European Champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-1-0, 9ko) and his compatriot and stablemate Juergen Braehmer (38-2-0, 30ko) on February 2.
Gutknecht clinched the EBU title in May, 2011 by a TKO victory in round eight over Britain’s Danny McIntosh. Since then, he successfully defended the championship against Lorenzo DiGiacomo, Vyacheslav Uzelkov and Tony Averlant. The big four governing bodies of boxing all rank the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner in their top ten.
“It is going to be a great fight,” said 30-year-old Gutknecht. “I am highly motivated for this bout. First of all, it is an all-German affair. Added to that, the winner will get a crack at a world championship. Juergen Braehmer is one of the big names in the world of boxing. I am really looking forward to be facing him inside the ring.”
Former WBO titlist Juergen Braehmer is also full of confidence when he is thinking ahead to the fight. ”I am just excited about getting back into the ring and fighting for my new team for the first time. I know what it feels like to be a European and world champion. My goal is to get back to that level. I have the chance to prove to everybody what I am capable of on
February 2. I want to get back to the top,“ said the 34-year-old, coached by Karsten Roewer.
Chris Meyer, managing director of Sauerland Event: “We are happy to kick off the new year in Berlin. This will be a very exciting fight. Eduard Gutknecht is the current WBC number two, Juergen Braehmer is listed as the number two
by the WBO. February 2 is not just about the highly regarded EBU Light Heavyweight Championship but also the position as the mandatory challenger for the WBO Crown.”
Tickets for the show at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany will be available next week at www.eventim.de.
Alan Dawson – London
The spirit of the late Emanuel Steward was evident at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this evening as his long-time Kronk Gym heavyweight pupil Johnathon Banks secured a jaw-dropping second round knockout over highly-heralded HBO-product Seth Mitchell. On Saturday, November 17, Banks dropped Mitchell three times, won the vacant WBC international title, propelled himself into a final eliminator and punctuated a month that saw him guide Wladimir Klitschko to victory over Mariusz Wach last weekend.
Official verdict: Banks by 2nd Rd KO.
As early as the opening round there were considerable gaps in terms of physicality; namely, Mitchell (25-1-1, 19ko) appeared to have it and Banks (29-1-1, 19ko) didn’t. Midway through the stanza, Mitchell believed he had Banks hurt with a series of thudding shots (with a hook doing the most damage) but Banks showed a great rate of recovery – something one would expect from a fighter who has regularly served as a sparring partner for unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Mitchell attempted to start the second round like he finished the first, rushed in but abandoned defence and leaked jabs from Banks. A strong body shot from Mitchell set up a shocking turn of events as Banks retreated to the ropes, inviting his opponent into a trap, landed a counter combination that left the former Michigan linebacker down on the floor and receiving a count. Dazed and confused, Mitchell made it to his feet but when boxing resumed he fought, rather than looked to survive the round. Banks’s overhand rights were Mitchell’s undoing and Seth slumped hard to the canvas. Again, he rose to his feet but an overhand right dropped Mitchell a third time and the referee waved the bout off, providing Banks with a stunning smash-and-grab upset victory.
“The role of Emanuel Steward played into my life, fighting is my life,” said Banks to HBO after his win. “I want to dedicate this to him because the man loved knockouts and we’re going to miss him.
“I knew I had a very strong and determined guy in front of me. He got a go get em mentality. I felt when I hit him, I hurt him and he didn’t hold like he should have. He grabbed my waist and didn’t tie up my arms. All that’s running through my head is the momentum I got but I’m so thankful for Emanuel Steward, he taught me everything about boxing.”
Alan Dawson – London
On Saturday, November 10 at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, Wladimir Klitschko gave Mariusz Wach a beating so sadistically consistent that the latter struggled to even register one point during their duel for the IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA and The Ring Magazine world titles. Klitschko repeatedly landed one-two combinations and had the far greater skillset but, if there is one thing Wach can take credit for, it’s possessing a
stone granite chin.
Official verdict: Wladimir Klitschko wins via unanimous decision.
The noticeable absence of legendary trainer, the late Emanuel Steward, would require something big to offset. Indeed, it was at the forefront of Wladimir Klitschko’s mind… the Ukrainian powerhouse said pre-fight that he feels the spirit of Steward and was relieved he had a fight lined up so he could compete on a stage that he and Emanuel relished for a decade together – world championship boxing. Introduced by Michael Buffer, the motivational nous of Sylvester Stallone and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’s ‘Can’t Stop’ anthem, Wlad’s focus was as intimidating as ever.
Relinquishing the advantages of height, weight and reach to Wach, Klitschko, for the first time in his career, was punching upward. In the first round, however, Wlad showed no signs of discomfort as he rapid-fired his trademark jab into Wach’s mouth and, whenever the Pole dropped his guard, Klitschko was able to power a straight right hand through on target.
With a build-up marred with bad blood, Klitschko had alluded to a desire to punish his adversary… to show no mercy and, as early as round one, it was the defending unified champion who was forcing the action, taking the forward steps, landing accurate and powerful shots.
In round two, Wach rolled the dice and took a gamble. The challenger increased his work-rate at the beginning of round two and during one of his first barrages, he turned Klitschko, landed punches but threw one to the back of the head. By the middle of the stanza, Wlad had started to beat the momentum out of Wach, who continued to struggle to defend himself against the long-reigning heavyweight king’s right hand.
Maintaining his composure, Wladimir beat the sweat off Mariusz’s brow in the third chapter. In the middle rounds, Klitschko’s punch perfect domination over a lesser-skilled fighter continued. Wlad’s footwork was elite, his desire to throw never wavered and while his head movement was subtle, it was damn effective. In comparison, Wach walked with a heavy plod to his step, he did not have fast hands and he did not keep them chin high which allowed Klitschko to pop one, one-two and one-two-three combinations before backing away and keeping his chin out of trouble.
That was, until, the fifth round when Wach caught Wlad and had the Kyiv collosus covering up as he sought to provide a block to the incoming shellacking. During the sixth, though, the Pole couldn’t capitalise on his limited success in the previous stanza and returned the advantage to Klitscko, much like he had done earlier. After half the fight had been contested, Wach’s eyes were considerably reddened and the 6’7.5 contender was breathing heavily.
In the seventh, Klitschko’s range was on point and he beat Wach up with successions of eight punches. One after the other… pushing his chin into his skull, pounding his lips around his mouth as if they were putty, ricocheting rocket-launched right hands off his cheek bones and worsening his eyes with every jab.
The longer the bout wore on, the worse Wach boxed. His defence was weak and leaky at the start of battle but by the eighth it was sieve-like and when Wladimir turned up the heat, Wach was forced to weather a brutal beatdown. The referee, Eddie Cotton could have called the bout off – such was the one-sided nature of Wladimir’s dominance and the timidness of Wach’s attack.
Amazingly, Wach’s corner allowed their ward to get back into the ring for the ninth, yet Mariusz had shown all he could do versus Wladimir and he was yet to win a round (on this author’s card, at least), so there was a clear argument that to spare the challenger further punishment, pulling him out of the bout would have been wise.
Despite his inferior skills, Wach did possess things that Klitschko detractors claim Wladimir lacks – a sturdy chin and durability. Wach survived the tenth, the 11th and in the 12th, ate numerous straight right leads. The Viking took a massive beating… but he did manage to hear the final bell.
The result – one never in doubt – was a unanimous decision in favour of Klitschko, who made a successful 14th straight defence of his current belt collection (WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO).
Photo credit: Michaelsterlingeaton.com
Unified (WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO) heavyweight world championship challenger Mariusz Wach has height, reach and weight advantages over defending champion Wladimir Klitschko at the 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday, November 10 as the unheralded Pole scaled in at 251lbs to Klitschko’s 247lbs during the official weigh-in earlier today. Wach is almost two clear inches taller than his adversary and has a one inch greater wingspan, also.
Words: Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Photo: Team Klitschko
Dominant IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3-0, 51ko), 36, extended his undefeated run to 16 wins on the spin, incorporating 13 by way of knockout and 12 title defences during that spell as, on Saturday, July 7 at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland, he halted mandatory challenger and tall southpaw Tony Thompson (36-3-0, 24ko) in the sixth round.