By David Martinez / www.dmboxing.com
WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimar Klitschko (63-3 / 54 by KO) defended his title by fifth round knockout over challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-1 / 11 by KO) in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2014.
Klitschko recorded three prior knockdowns in the “one-sided” fight before the final knockdown, in round five, with a tremendous left hook to end the fight.
It was a sensational performance by Klitschko, who retained his title for the 17th time in his second regin. He now stands just three defenses away from Larry Holmes for second place for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses at twenty. Joe Louis holds the record with twenty five .
By Tom Donnelson
( Member Boxing Writers Assc. & International Boxing Research Org. )
(Wroclaw, Poland) The Heavyweight division is the Klitschko’s brothers personal fiefdom and everyone must pay tribute by taking a licking. Since 2004, no one has even come close to beating the Klitschko’s brothers and this past Saturday fight between Vitali Klitschko and Tomasz Adamek was no exception. Adamek, the former Cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion, proved game but no match for he was too small and did not possess enough of powerful punch to make a difference. The other problem for Adamek, was that at the age of 40, Vitali Klitschko still possesses sharp reflex to parry of any attacks. Klitschko is one of those tall fighters who fights like a tall fighter; using his jab effectively to control real estate. Throughout the bout, Adamek had problems with getting inside Klitschko’s jab and Klitschko averaged 40 plus jabs per round with those jabs successful blunting any attack that Adamek attempted. Unlike David Haye, who spent most of his bout against Wladimir avoiding combat, Adamek attempted to fight.
One example of Adamek spirit and technical skills came in the fifth round in which a more aggressive approach allowed him to connect with a combination that even shook Vitali for a brief moment but those combinations were few and far between. From the middle of the second round through the sixth, occasional rallies by Adamek gave the Polish faithful that a miracle would yet happen for their favorite son; but those moments were mere illusion in which a brave fighter managed to come up with the occasional connect but paying the price. Adamek face at the end of the fight showed the results as all but three punches that Vitali connected hit Adamek’s face.
At the end of the second round, a Vitali right connected and sent Adamek reeling back in the rope, with the rope keeping Adamek from hitting the canvas. The referee did not count the punch as a knockdown even thought he could. The next time, Vitali sent Adamek reeling into the rope with another right but this time, the referee counted this as a knockdown, rightly concluding correctly that the rope held Adamek up. Continue reading
By Tom Donelson
( Member of Boxing Writers Association and International Boxing Research Organization )
It was suppose to be the big heavyweight fight of the past decade and the big test for Wladimir Klitschko over the past seven years. Instead, the fight ended with a whimper with little action and only in the first minute of the last round did one see any excitement or doubts about who will win. For the most part, it was classic Klitschko; reduce his opponent to survival mode.
The opening round set the pace for most of the fight as David Haye looked to maneuver for a big blow while Wladimir Klitschko used his jab to control the real estate. Haye biggest problem was his inability to penetrate Klitschko’s defenses and his failure to use his own quick hands to jab his way inside; instead he leaped in with punches.
On occasions, he landed his overhand right enough times to produce a welt under Vladimir Klitschko’s left eye but he threw half as many punches and connected on half as many punches. During the second half of the fight, Haye became less active and while Klitschko lost a point for pushing Haye down, Haye flopped in order to get another point deduction. The referee even counted Haye for an eight count after Haye flopped in the eleventh round. The referee got tired of Haye’s tactic and figure that one way to get his attention was to deduct a point and let the record show he was knocked down.
There was only three rounds in the fight had any serious competition, the third round in which Haye showed some rhythm and connected on some solid rights and the fourth round in which Haye actually connected on more punches for the only round in the fight.