Brewster Falls Short

By Tom Donelson
Updated: July 8, 2007

IOWA CITY, Ia. – Lamon Brewster prepared himself for his fight with Wladimir Klitschko and he was the underdog, just as he was three years before.

In their previous match, Klitschko used Brewster as his personal punching bag for the four rounds.

As the fifth round progressed, Brewster found himself needing a miracle to win the fight.

Unable to penetrate the taller Klitschko defenses, Brewster looked in danger of being knocked out.

Brewster barely made it through the fourth round after hitting the canvas and it looked only matter of time for the tough American.

Then the miracle happened.

In the last 60 seconds of the fifth round, Klitschko started to run out of gas and then boom, a Brewster left hook found its mark. In the final 30 seconds, Brewster nailed Klitschko with everything in his arsenal in a desperate attempt to end the fight.

As the round ended, Klitschko struggled toward his corner and Brewster became champ. Since then, things have changed.

Brewster suffered an eye injury to Liakhovich last year April and hadn’t fought since.Klitschko was on a six fight win streak and was hitting his stride under the tutelage of Emmanuel Steward.

Before his last loss to Liakhovich, Brewster was touted as the best American heavyweight and the one guy who could unite the Heavyweight banner under the Stars and Stripes.

Going into his rematch with Klitschko, he was hoping to restart his career and under new trainer Buddy McGirt, he worked on new defensive skills to avoid getting hit as he moved forward.

Brewster won the first fight based on his heart as he allowed himself to consistently nail by Klitschko before the big man simply tired of hitting the tough American.

Last Saturday night, Brewster came out jabbing and weaving but after the first minute, Wladimir Klitschko’s jab took control. Like a jabbing machine, Klitschko peppered Brewster at will.

Brewster seemed mesmerized by Klitschko as he simply could not pressure him.

Klitschko showed that he has learned since his last fight with Brewster as he controlled the fight from the center of the ring.

His jab proved piston like as it paralyzed Brewster and his hook off the jab kept the American off balanced.

His right hand kept nailing Brewster’s left eye, the same eye that was surgically repaired. McGirt watched with concern as his fighter could not solve the Klitschko puzzle. Round after round, Klitschko jabbed and jabbed before hooking. He followed up with snapping right hand on the hapless Brewster.

McGirt saw the result on Brewster’s face.One of the reasons that Brewster sought out McGirt was to improve his defense so he would block punches with his head less often.

Brewster did all the right things; he jabbed more often and tried to move his head while bobbing but it was all to no avail.

Klitschko’s arsenal proved too much and after six rounds, McGirt refused to allow Brewster to suffer any more punishment.

Klitschko is slowing developing into another Lennox Lewis, not as fluid but still with all the tools.

His jab controls the fight and his right hand is the thunder to hammer like jabs.Under Steward teaching, he is becoming the most complete heavyweight.

He is now the king of the Heavyweights.

As for Brewster, he showed that in this fight he was three years older, not three years wiser. He still has the power but at 34 and a warrior, he has taken his share of punishment.

One punch propelled Brewster to the elite status of the heavyweight but after several wars and an eye injury, the real question now is just how much does he have left?