Wladimir Klitschko’s adopted hometown of Hamburg, Germany hosted that continent’s locale for the Live Earth concerts to inspire crucial, climate saving conservation efforts.
Klitschko and Lamon Brewster each arrived in nearby Cologne for their HBO televised rematch with hopes of contributing their part by scoring a stoppage that would allow venue keepers and broadcast crews to shut down the power early, for conservation sake and all.
For Klitschko and Brewster, there was also the professional public relations matter of helping roust the heavyweight division from recent doldrums and some personal issues regarding Brewster’s initial victory.
Once inside the ring again, only Klitschko showed any gloved up juice.
Klitschko, who demonstrated far more productive energy in a one-sided TKO, grinding the willing Brewster down until trainer Buddy McGirt wisely said he was “pulling the plug” prior to the seventh round.
The early ending drew jeers from the announced swarm of over 20,000 but it was an excellent display of corner wisdom. Brewster could never penetrate Klitschko’s left arm defense, and ate more and more leather as the bout progressed.
“I feel very confident that I can be consistent (now)”, said Klitschko, now 49-3 (44), “The first fight against Brewster was my (negative) trademark. Now I think the people and the media can judge that I’ve improved.”
“He had an awesome jab,” said a lumped up Brewster, 33-4 (28). “I tried to get by but I couldn’t. I wasn’t able to counter him.”
Klitschko took immediate control with long lefts and fired underneath as Brewster tried to get inside. They stayed active but not much landed early. Brewster wore wrapping around his left knee and his movement looked tight.
Klitschko scored more with the jab and booming follow-up rights. Brewster’s face was red by the second session. Klitscko landed a big right that troubled Brewster halfway through the round.
Brewster got more frantic for a while and traded better, but it was Klitschko’s show. He circled well while Brewster chased him ineffectively. The crowd grew restless by the third and announced it with whistles.
Klitschko continued to tee off patiently and Brewster looked like he was near the end in round four. Klitschko blasted him to the ropes to begin the fifth. Brewster ate half a dozen more jabs, then another huge right as the crowd awoke.
Brewster never quit trying, but Klitschko was a pretty elusive target for such a big guy.
After round five, McGirt told Brewster he’d only let him absorb more punishment for three more minutes. Considering Brewster’s previous retina problems, McGirt definitely should have kept his word.
He did, after Klitschko landed at will about every other second.
“My thing is this,” said McGirt, “Klitschko was getting stronger, my guy wasn’t. I didn’t want to take a chance.
Anybody booing was a sport-polluting fool.
In their first fight, the contestants proved how heavyweights can make a crowd scream when big shots land from both sides. A modest crowd at Mandalay Bay got more than their money’s worth as Klitschko and Brewster slapped each other around to cinematic extremes, until Brewster finished an exhausted Klitschko at the end of five freaky frames.
There was justified optimism that similar conking chaos would ensue tonight. Prefight opinions were split about a probable winner, another positive trend in many recent, big name encounters.
It didn’t turn out to be a classic slugfest, but the fighters deserve credit for facing off. It was a high stakes meeting.
Klitschko appears to have the boxing longevity genes and has emerged from older brother Vitali’s shadow.
He implied that his previous loss was due to shadowy shenanigans, perhaps to the point of poisoning, as the cause of defeat. He could probably swap tampering tales with George Foreman.
Both men showed good sportsmanship for the duration of episode 2 without controversy.
Brewster previously fought against Klitschko at his highest level in honor of the passing of his trainer Bill Slayton. This time, staying at the top of the game seemed motivation enough but Klitschko seems to have advanced far past where he was three years ago.
“I’m still not where I want to be, but I can accomplish it,” mused 31 year old Klitschko. “I will do everything possible for a unification in my next fight.”
For now, Klitschko can maintain his claim heavyweight champion. Brewster had no argument with that, and maintained his usual high class throughout the promotion.
“My eye didn’t effect me, he was just the better man tonight,” said Brewster. “I have a wife and four kids I want to be able to talk to. We’ll see about the future."
Ahh yes, the future. Let’s pray that includes plenty of clean air, water, and unification matchups.
Hopefully, as most globally warmed readers of The Sweet Science already know, we can all help the worthy cause of aiding the planet with a few simple habits like shutting off appliance power and exiting programs when we’re not putting them to use.
Klitschko and Brewster did their part to clear things up in boxing’s upper weight division.
Both guys make the planet a better place.
Let’s all help to conserve Earth’s environment (check out www.liveearth.org).