March 09, 2003

Mr. Sanders, meet Mr. Douglas. Buster, this is Corrie.:
Wladimir Klitschko looked like "Glass Joe" from "Punch Out" as he got beaten rather badly in less than one and a quarter rounds. The man who did the damage? South African Corrie Sanders who had fought 3 rounds in the past 3 years. The "Next Big Thing" just became the "Last Big Bust".

posted by grum@work to boxing at 01:31 PM - 5 comments

At first I was really bummed out when I read this headline. I haven't even seen this guy fight yet, and he is supposed to be Lewis' next challenger. But then I realized it's his brother Vitaly who is considered the superior boxer. "I'm certain I will come back, I'm certain I will be world champion,'' he said. ``All great champions have been beaten, then came back. It happened to Ali" Wladimir, your name shouldn't be in the same sentence as Ali, unless the sentence is, "Wladimir is no Ali" Heh. Looks like Glass Joe, fights like Dom Flamenco.

posted by vito90 at 07:50 AM on March 10, 2003

Vitaly is the superior boxer, Vito, but this calls both brothers, along with the sanity of HBO, into question. Neither one of them has fought anyone worth a Ring Ding, and HBO was simply trying to build one or both of them up to that superfight with Lewis. Hopefully, people will soon realize that the heavyweight division is full of pretenders and scam artists, and that the good fighters reside in the lower weights. There's nothing better than watching two bantamweights beat the piss out of one another for 10 rounds. As for Punch-Out, I'll have to go home and hook up my NES. At least Glass Joe looked determined during his ass whuppins.

posted by wfrazerjr at 10:57 AM on March 10, 2003

The funniest part about the fight was the pre-fight hype from the commentators (rebroadcast on TSN, I knew the results before I watched it): Commentator #1: Why is Wladimir different from other hyped favourites like Michael Grant who turned out to be busts? Commentator #2: Because he is the real deal. It's not just hype, it's talent and determination. Wladimir Klitschko is going to prove he's a legitimate contender for the big championships.

posted by grum@work at 11:51 AM on March 10, 2003

I saw this fight Saturday night. Man, did Sanders kick Wladimir's ass. Personally I'd make the following points: First, Klitschko looked like he went into the ring cold, probably expecting that this would be a total cakewalk. Second, I would bet that this was the first time that Klitschko faced a southpaw. And third, obviously, Klitschko lookes pretty tentative (much like Ruiz last week), whereas Sanders was pretty aggressive. It'll be interesting, to me, to see where Sanders goes after this. There's not many -- if any -- southpaws in the heavyweight mix, and considering some of the power shots he landed on Klitschko, he's an interesting dark horse in the division.

posted by PeteyStock at 12:10 PM on March 10, 2003

I'm pretty certain that Roy Jones Jr.'s handlers would love to give him a call and set up a title match. I think he'd destroy the lucky journeyman.

posted by grum@work at 12:38 PM on March 10, 2003

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