By: Anthony “Zute” George
What can you say about a weekend where the best action was between two ladies in the world of MMA? Well… Wladimir Klitschko took care of business against the incredibly outmatched Jean –Marc Mormeck in four rounds. Now that he has made a statement by getting a guy out if there, will he get some American respect? I doubt it.
I have come to the conclusion that the brothers’ Klitschko are just not important enough for the American boxing public… and never will be.
It is not so much that they do not have skills – I think most people recognize that. It is not so much that they are not exciting, although both brothers have great KO percentages, yet are still perceived as very boring fighters across the United States. It is just a simple fact is that these guys are not significant enough for America to care and there is not just one reason to pinpoint as to why.
Let us face it, the only time these fighters grabbed the boxing publics imagination was both in loses. When Wladimir got ambushed against Corrie Sanders on HBO way back when, it was water cooler news, more of the “I told you so variety”. Yes we Americans love to use that phrase, but it was important nonetheless. Wladimir has not been a story in The United States since then.
Vitali’s big breakthrough came when he substituted for Kirk Johnson to challenge for Lennox Lewis’ world titles. Although Vitali lost, he gained more recognition and respect, in the United States, than any of his other wins combined. The only way we will care about Vitali like that again is if there would be a Lennox rematch. A hot idea a few years back, that has seemed to go by the boards.
While this can all be disputed, what cannot be disputed is the Klitschko Brothers have made a great boxing career for themselves overseas and probably do not care a bit that they are the two most insignificant heavyweight title holders in the history of the Unites States of America.
OTHER BOXING NEWS…
Joan Guzman managed to keep an O on the right side of his record. Of course the greatest accomplished any boxer can have. Thirty three times a boxer has laced up the gloves in an effort to give Guzman an L, and the plan has failed every single time. Oh, how great it must be to be great!
One of the more exciting fights of the year goes down this weekend when Orlando Salido grants Juan Manuel Lopez a rematch in Puerto Rico. JuanMa has a chance to prove his first loss to Salido was a fluke. Of course some folks already believe that to be the truth. Saturday we find out if their worlds will be crushed or verified.
Lucian Bute’s first opponent of 2012 will be Carl Froch, not Andre Ward. I would like to think this has more to do with Ward hurting his hand than anything else. However, if Froch beats Bute, do we really want to see Ward-Froch 2?
One thing I do know is Froch will probably be more respected than any other Bute opponent lately, even though he is coming off of a loss.
It is funny how undefeated is only important in certain circles.
March 8 marks the 41st anniversary of the Fight of the Century. This will be the first time this fight will celebrate its birthday without Joe Frazier, as well as Angelo Dundee – should make for a very different perspective.
Of course this was the night Muhammad Ali’s career was over because he suffered his first loss in a boxing ring. Since we all know that an O is the signature mark of a fighter’s greatness, and there is no other measure of greatness of a boxer, the idea of Ali being called “The Greatest” is a total sham, he has five blemishes and is far from undefeated.
Joan Guzman, and all undefeated boxers, both active and retired, should stand up and rebel against this nonsense.