Klitschko-Joshua Could Save a Dreadful Year for the Heavyweights

 

 

By Ted Sares

Nobody can ever deny that the Gypsy giant  Tyson Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Germany after a decade of dominance by the Ukrainian, but based on fast developing news, it suddenly seems likely that he will be stripped of all his world titles and possibly suspended because things just got worse—very worse– for Fury and the heavyweight division. Reportedly, “Tyson was visited by testers over the last few weeks but just refused. He said, ‘F*** off’, and wouldn’t do it. His camp tried to contact UKAD to get him tested but to date that has not taken place.'” But it gets worse. Multiple sources with knowledge say that Fury failed a September 22 drug test from VADA — testing positive for cocaine – and have confirmed the results to ESPN’S Dan Rafael.

At first, the reaction to his “medical condition” evoked sympathy. If the diagnosis was in fact depression or some related condition, that’s one thing, but now that sympathy has turned. Here is what Bernd Boente, Wladimir Klitschko’s manager, told ESPN.com, “I feel very sorry that UKADA never was open about that situation with us because then we would have insisted on VADA testing before the first fight…I think Fury is probably the most unworthy heavyweight champion in history, not only because of this situation but because of the whole package of his sexist comments, his anti-Semitic comments and his homophobic comments…”

Even before this shocking development, Eddie Hearn had this to say:

“Yes, I do think Fury will be stripped. It’s been nearly a year since he’s boxed. The governing bodies want that belt to be active so over the next couple of weeks, the contenders will be putting pressure on the governing bodies…I think they’ll move on, put the champion in recess and move forward with the belts. When Tyson is ready to fight again, hopefully we’ll all welcome him back into the sport. I think he’s great for the sport. He’s got one of the biggest wins of a British fighter of all time. I want him in the division. I know Anthony (Joshua) wants him in the division and, of course, everybody does, because those big fights are out there…

That was earlier but now, we may never see Fury back in a boxing ring again.

The Rest

As for the rest of the division, the long story short about 2016 thus far is that WBC champ Deontay Wilder is out until next year. The “Interim” WBA ruler Luis Ortiz is fading into the sunset. And Lucas Browne, a short-time holder of yet another version of the WBA belt became involved with a drug enhancement issue after waxing Ruslan Chagaev with a great effort in Russia no less.

It appears only Anthony Joshua (17-0) and Joseph Parker (21-0) has enjoyed a good year so far. Joshua waxed arguably the worst heavyweight champion in history– Charles Martin– in April, and then followed-up with a stoppage win over a gutsy but outclassed Dominic Breazeale. As for what is fast becoming the “Joshua Sweepstakes,” Parker, Kubrat Pulev (23-1), and David Haye (28-2), among others, are possible entrees.

Parker, who has had a solid 2016 thus far, dominated and knocked out Ivan Drago-look-alike, 6′ 7″ Alexander Dimitrenko (38-3) on October 1 in New Zealand, The workmanlike New Zealander used speed, power and great body work to deck the giant Russian multiple times before putting him down for good in the third and leaving him writhing in pain from a brutal body shot. With this performance Parker now finds himself at the very top of the mix and in a position to take advantage of Fury’s latest misstep.

Ortiz

Luis Ortiz (25-0) KOed a faded Tony Thompson, but now the former frontrunner is committing career suicide as he decided to leave promotional powerhouse Golden Boy. At age 37, and with no powerful promoter (or—so it appears– savvy mentor) helping him, the talented Cuban has been his own worst enemy and may well disappear from the landscape. This has been bad for him, bad for boxing, and especially bad for the fans, as Luis is a fan-friendly type with a ton of charisma.

Povetkin, Browne and PEDs

PEDs have also worked their way into making 2016 a year to forget as both Alexander Povetkin (30-1) and Lucas Browne (24-0) have been embroiled in controversial cases of alleged usage. The Povetkin issue allowed an undeserving Chris Arreola to fight Deontay Wilder. The result was a predictably easy—but costly– win for Wilder as he suffered a hand injury as well as torn biceps. Wilder started out 2016 by almost decapitating poor Artur Szpilka in January, but now he is done for the year and remains untested.

Browne, who truly deserves better, may fight again before the year is out and if his opponent is less-than-compelling Fres Oquendo (37-8), that would be easy pickings for the Aussie since an aged Fres last fought in July 2014 when he dropped an MD to  Ruslan Chagaev—who Browne, of course, iced.

Meanwhile, Povetkin (30-1) has been ordered to fight Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1) for the WBC interim title. Since Wilder is targeting January for his comeback, the winner of Povetkin vs. Stiverne could be challenging for the full version of the title sooner rather than later. Povetkin vs. Wilder would be a big start to 2017 and would finally test The Bronze Bomber.

Andy Ruiz

Unbeaten Andy Ruiz (29-0) has won three so far in 2016 but in a bizarre and inexplicable decision, recently pulled out of a fight with Hughie Fury. A win over Fury (20-0), who is also untested, would have made Ruiz the mandatory challenger for the main event winner’s WBO belt.  Of course, it’s now academic since Hughie’s big brother also pulled out.  Maybe the “Destroyer” sensed something.

David Haye

David Haye has disappointed in 2016. He has fought twice against nondescript opposition, and to make bland matters worse, he has seemingly backed out of his verbally agreed fight with loudmouth and aging Shannon Briggs, one that promised a good payday for both. However, David is still immensely popular in the UK and will always draw fans no matter the opposition.

Wladimir Klitschko

‘From our side, if Wladimir Klitschko against Anthony Joshua can be made for the WBA and the IBF belts, for November 26, we are taking that fight, no question.”—Hearn

A disappointed Klitschko has trained hard, he is ready to fight, and he deserves an opponent like Anthony Joshua—NOW.  Joshua is fresh, sharp, and is also ready.  A match between the two could save an otherwise dismal year for the heavyweights.

But make no mistake, if Klitschko somehow does not fight this year, a pall of frustration will hover over the entire heavyweight boxing scene. It’s been said time after time, “As goes the heavyweight champion so goes the sport”.

COMMENTS

-Kid Blast :

This video shows how Parker slaughtered the Uke giant,
->http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/84865322/joseph-parker-s-world-title-dream-alive-after-tko-win-over-alexander-dimitrenko Some are saying it was definite disqualification material. Can’t see that happening. A No Contest is always a possibility but I doubt it.


-Kid Blast :

test


-larueboenig :

An amazing analysis and very up to date. Great stuff ted the bull


-Radam G :

An amazing analysis and very up to date. Great stuff ted the bull
Ditto! He nailed it. Ouch! Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Ditto! He nailed it. Ouch! Holla!
Thank you sir


-Kid Blast :

An amazing analysis and very up to date. Great stuff ted the bull
Ha. I was up at 5:30 am to get the Parker results.


-deepwater2 :

I think that even a drugged out Fury would embarrass windmill wilder. Imagine if Joshua fights damaged goods Klit? That would be one quick and easy way to the heavyweight championship. Potvetkin and Hughie would be top contenders. Parker looks solid but nothing special. The heavy division is wide open.


-deepwater2 :

Shoot, the best heavyweight in the world today might just be cruiser Usyk.


-Kid Blast :

I think that even a drugged out Fury would embarrass windmill wilder. Imagine if Joshua fights damaged goods Klit? That would be one quick and easy way to the heavyweight weight championship. Potvetkin and Hughie would be top contenders. Parker looks solid but nothing special. The heavy division is wide open.
I for one think AJ has a solid shot at beating the aged Klit who has had his own issues looking after his diminutive but very fetching wife Hayden Panettiere


-JohnnyTango :

Oh p-l-e-a-s-e no more David Haye! Nice breakdown on the heavyweight picture, Ted. It in NO WAY bears any resemblance to the heavyweight division of the late 60s early 70s.


-Kid Blast :

Oh p-l-e-a-s-e no more David Haye! Nice breakdown on the heavyweight picture, Ted. It in NO WAY bears any resemblance to the heavyweight division of the late 60s early 70s.
There are whiners and divas. Haye is a diva but I still like him.


-Tex Hassler :

I think Fury has just about ended his own career. He seems to be his worst enemy. At Klitschko's age he might not get back to he top. I wished he could have fought Fury. Excellent article.


-stormcentre :

Good stuff Ted. Agree with the quoted comment . . .

"I think Fury is probably the most unworthy heavyweight champion in history.?

This is the same heavyweight people were raving about last year. Not sure any of it matters as I can't imagine any fight involving Klitscho and/or Fury being exciting and some to learn from. Both should go away quietly in my opinion and let the new crop of heavyweights come through. Big Daddy should fight Parker. That would be a good fight. Doubt Parker's management and/or Barry would jump at that though. Parker did alright against Dimitrenko the other night but . . . Dimitrenko - and let's be real here - is nowhere near even a B+ heavyweight. So one must bear that in mind. A small portion of proof to substantiate this claim comes from looking at whom Dimitrenko last fought. His last 3 fights, in the chronological order that actually happened, were against Zoltan Csala (2015), Milos Dovedan (2015), and Drazan Janjanin (2016).


Zoltan Csala; When he's not busy being knocked out this guy appears to be keeping fast food outlets out of recession. Over just the last year (commencing from 2015) this guy has had approximately 11 fights - with his loss in Germany to Dimitrenko (itself a fight that Csala had only 2 months after Gary Cornish stopped him in the UK) probably being the 5th fight in the same (2015 -2015) period. Out of all those 11 fights that Csala had during 2015 to 2016, eight of them are losses, and as if that's not bad enough some of the losses Csala took during the same time period were to guys that were very inexperienced and/or were questionable/concerning in some other way.
Milos Dovedan; Aside from looking like your Serbian go to guy for all things steroids, PEDs, and illicit; Dovedan in his entire career has had 28 fights. Out of those 28 he has won no more than 2.
Drazan Janjanin; Over just the last year (commencing from 2015) this guy has had approximately 16 fights - with his loss to Dimitrenko probably being the 10th or 11th fight in the same (2015 -2015) period. Out of all those 16 fights that Janjanin had at least half are losses. Furthermore, some of the losses Janjanin took during the same time period were to guys that had 80% loss ratios on their records too and/or were questionable/concerning in some other way.

So, Parker's win last night against Dimitrenko was good for him in that it keeps him busy, notches up another "W", and keeps the dream of fighting a big name in a marquee heavyweight division/fight alive. However, no-one should use this fight as a gauge as to how Parker will fare with a real competent heavyweight, regardless of whether Parker does so successfully or unsuccessfully in the future. Finally, there is also the fact that Parker actually defeated and stopped Dimitrenko with an illegal blow; by hitting Dimitrenko when he clearly (to Parker) had one knee on the canvass; Abraham V Dirrell style. Dimitrenko (like Dirrell) made a bigger deal out of it than it was and seemed to bleed and ply the entire situation into an exit strategy of sorts - almost as if he saw it (and the potential it represented for a {justified} disqualification) as the most graceful way out of the certain flogging that was coming his way. The reality is that such things can be cause (for a competent and not easily influenced judge to call) for a disqualification. Not last night as everybody knew the purpose of team Parker lining up Dimitrenko for this fight. Either way, Parker beats Dimitrenko 24/7 365; for all the above reasons . . . and the show rolls on. This is boxing. Cheers,
Storm. :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Great observations Storm. Drago was just plain awful so Parker's win may not be as significant as I made it out to be. But perception is 90% of reality.


-Kid Blast :

I think Fury has just about ended his own career. He seems to be his worst enemy. At Klitschko's age he might not get back to he top. I wished he could have fought Fury. Excellent article.
Yes Tex. I truly believe Tyson Montana is self-destructive. A pity because he had a lot going for him.


-brownsugar :

Klitschko does not match up well with like-sized men who have sound boxing fundamentals. He's a beast against smaller fighters who he can keep at bay with his superb straight arm and grappling tactics. And he excels against the lumbering behemoths who may outsize him with with his superior boxing skills. But AJ is not the lucky one punch babe in the woods who needs to be protected because his face may be touched (God forbid) during a prizefight. Nope.... Joshua is the epitome of a prize fighter in every respect of the word. He will unload his oversized cannons at Every opportunity, while WK will play it safe and that will be the difference. Of course WK may still have retained his fight altering power. But I favor AJ all the way to the to of the top of HYPE mountain... and beyond. If we were talking about a 32 year old WK, my assessment might be a little different... but as intelligent as WK is, I don't think his massive pride in being the former baddest man on the planet for so many years will allow him to release his yearning desire to occupy the throne one more time. (Sorry buddy) But by all means, he deserves a try. I love to watch those rabid UK fans support their people. This fight will become the greatest show on earth when it happens. (Whoever says that about a WK fight?)


-Kid Blast :

But where should it take place. UK or Germany?


-Paul Kevin :

Joshua is no doubt deadliest fighter in the history as far my views are concern


-dollar bond :

Thanks Bull. Now I know what to hope for.


-Paul Kevin :

For sure its going to be a hell of a fight


-Kid Blast :

This will help: Two dangerous and avoided heavyweights will meet each other next month in Monaco, as Luis Ortiz will face Carlos Takam in a scheduled big card, according to reports in Spanish media. I see this as a slaughter but both have been inactive so that may be a variable.


-KO Digest :

I read that fast Kid and thought Luis Monaco was coming back. I got excited.


-Kid Blast :

I read that fast Kid and thought Luis Monaco was coming back. I got excited.
omg Built like a tank but his chin was made of glass. He was waxed 15 times! Beat Michael Dokes in 1997!!!!! Was decapitated by the BEAN IN 1995.


-Kid Blast :

Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) just Ian Lewison (12-3-1, 8 KOs) by a 10th round TKO and gets into the mix as well IMO


-Skibbz :

Dillian Whyte (19-1, 15 KOs) just Ian Lewison (12-3-1, 8 KOs) by a 10th round TKO and gets into the mix as well IMO
Dillian is a bit of a character, times I've met him he came off as very likeable and matter of fact. But truth is he simply is lacking that finesse to go beyond Europe in my opinion. There is an awkwardness about him, he isn't shy either or happy to lay down, but perhaps his awkwardness is what I find a little off putting. He seems like he's going to roll his ankles every time he moves...


-Yogo :

Dillian is a bit of a character, times I've met him he came off as very likeable and matter of fact. But truth is he simply is lacking that finesse to go beyond Europe in my opinion. There is an awkwardness about him, he isn't shy either or happy to lay down, but perhaps his awkwardness is what I find a little off putting. He seems like he's going to roll his ankles every time he moves...
True is that Skibbz. I think he's been pretty awful the last two outings. Much like Sky's horrendous biased cheerleading. It looks like they've got the judges onside also going by the Burns Relikh scorecards. Homecooking.


-Skibbz :

True is that Skibbz. I think he's been pretty awful the last two outings. Much like Sky's horrendous biased cheerleading. It looks like they've got the judges onside also going by the Burns Relikh scorecards. Homecooking.
Sadly it's not the fault of burns, but the awfully blind judges who inhabit the chairs ringside at almost every amateur or pro fight these days. I had it closer to a draw in my mind than a wide burns win... ridiculous.


-Radam G :

True is that Skibbz. I think he's been pretty awful the last two outings. Much like Sky's horrendous biased cheerleading. It looks like they've got the judges onside also going by the Burns Relikh scorecards. Homecooking.
No doubt that it was home cooking. Broner is going to do some home burning on Burns. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

More good news for the heavyweights: Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz has joined forces with Matchroom Boxing as he plans an assault on the Heavyweight World titles.


-Yogo :

More good news for the heavyweights: Luis ?King Kong? Ortiz has joined forces with Matchroom Boxing as he plans an assault on the Heavyweight World titles.
This indeed is good news, slick Eddie's becoming the man. Prepare for his AJ/Wlad announcement soon.


-EZEGINO :

Uncle Teddy, thing interesting piece has left me with more questions than answers. How good are they all really? Many names mentioned are either untested, refused to tested, have substance issues or not truly interested in 'laying it' all on the line. I agree that the major players are Klit and Joshua but... do they want the fight? They probably do but.. how about their management/promoters? Would they prefer to "milk it" for now vs easier pickings and 'cook it' a bit first? How long will we have to put up with Wilder? Parker? hmmm... How much better is he than Arreola? And what's going thru Ortiz' head? How about him and Joshua now that he's a free agent? Oh well... Really good read again Uncle Teddy, thanks.


-EZEGINO :

My bad, is see that "Kong" Ortiz isn't a free agent after all. Yes, I'm anxious to hear a Klit vs Josh announcement but they might make it a "verbal" agreement for early 2017, too much time for more disappointing postponements. Do I sound like a pessimist? Well, when it comes to the hwt division.. I surely am!!


-Kid Blast :

Uncle Teddy, thing interesting piece has left me with more questions than answers. How good are they all really? Many names mentioned are either untested, refused to tested, have substance issues or not truly interested in 'laying it' all on the line. I agree that the major players are Klit and Joshua but... do they want the fight? They probably do but.. how about their management/promoters? Would they prefer to "milk it" for now vs easier pickings and 'cook it' a bit first? How long will we have to put up with Wilder? Parker? hmmm... How much better is he than Arreola? And what's going thru Ortiz' head? How about him and Joshua now that he's a free agent? Oh well... Really good read again Uncle Teddy, thanks.
I think Joshua is the very best of the lot. Ortiz is also top notch. After that, I'm just not so sure about any of them. And great to see you on TSS amigo.


-EZEGINO :

Yep, Josh gets my vote, too. As time marches on less of a factor Vladdy becomes. He would be wise to get in the ring soon and not have to go through ANOTHER period of extended inactivity. Is it possible that Warren will announce a doubleheader elimination, with the winners (Joshua & Klit??) going head to head? Hope not, make it happen NOW!!


-Kid Blast :

Yep, Josh gets my vote, too. As time marches on less of a factor Vladdy becomes. He would be wise to get in the ring soon and not have to go through ANOTHER period of extended inactivity. Is it possible that Warren will announce a doubleheader elimination, with the winners (Joshua & Klit??) going head to head? Hope not, make it happen NOW!!
I think it will in December and then Wlad needs to leave win or lose. Time for a transition.