On Saturday Night, Waldimir faced undefeated Kubrat Pulev for the IBF title in Hamburg and dominated the match finishing it with a knock out in the fifth round. Pulev came out with a lot of energy but Klitschko was still able to knock him down twice in the first and once in the third round before finally knocking him out with 2:11 remaining in the 5th round
For Klitschko it will be his 17th consecutive defense of the heavyweight crown. The 38-year-old hasn’t lost a fight in over ten years and he will continue to make mandatory defenses of his other titles as he is currently the IBF, WBO, IBO, and WBA Heavyweight title holder.
Klitschko wants to fight Bermane Stiverne for the WBC (World Boxing Council) title his brother Vitali gave up following his second retirement. If that fight is made and Klitschko defeats Stiverne he would then be declared the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis and he would also become the first heavyweight boxer in history to hold all four major sanctioning organization’s world titles. Ironically, Klitschko appeared with Lennox Lewis in the motion picture Ocean’s Eleven.
Klitschko’s style has been criticized as boring but it may simply be that he is just too good. He just goes out there and does what he needs to do to win. In sports you don’t always have to be flashy and entertaining to win, just ask The San Antonio Spurs, The New England Patriots, or the San Francisco Giants. It takes a rare combination of elements to get a Showtime Lakers squad which had a freakishly large point guard who could play all positions in Magic Johnson or the Kobe/Shaq Lakers who had the beastliest center of all time with Shaquille O’neal to be able to be flashy as well as win.
Mike Tyson was a straight brawler but his blemish on his record is that he never really beat any top contenders while they were in their prime. It’s possible that if Tyson dialed down the physical nature of his fights and used his brain a little more that he would have beaten Evander Holyfield in those two fights that he lost to him.
As for the critics who say that Klitschko’s fights are uneventful, what does that make a Floyd Mayweather fight? When all he does is dance around the ring in protection of his perfect record?
In related news, Klitschko’s stalker, heavyweight Shannon Briggs, was ringside, but was intercepted by security when he tried to get into the ring after the fight. Briggs holds the record for the most first-round knockouts of any heavyweight champions in history with 35 and has been overly eager to get in the ring with Klitschko.