Wladimir Klitschko wins again!

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: July 9, 2012

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NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Fighting for the 61st time in his professional career, unified IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO, Ring Magazine heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KOs)retained his titles with a second career knockout of Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KOs) in front of more than 25,000 at Stadie de Suisse , an outdoor soccer stadium in Berne, Switzerland.

Wladimi Klitschko, alongside his older brother, WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, is the best heavyweight on the planet. At age 36, it appears as though the younger Klitschko is entering the peak of his career and there appears to be no end in sight anytime soon.

Wladimir Klitschko, “Dr. Steel Hammer,” continues to knockout opponent, after opponent, after opponent, after opponent. As the years have progressed, so has Wladimir’s fighting ability. Wladimir has proven to be more than just a powerful force. Wladimir Klitschko is a technician and the way he uses foot-speed, combination punching, and relentless pressure to complement in punching-power, it’s simply amazing.

“I am Wladimir Klitschko,” the champion said during a videotaped message during his ring walk entrance last Saturday. “I am the heavyweight champion of the world. No one can stop me!”

Since September 2005 when he arose three times from the canvas to outbox Samuel Peter through twelve rounds at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, no one has been able to stop Wladimir Klitschko.

Wladimir Klitschko is a technician, a machine. I truly believe that there isn’t a heavyweight in boxing today than can beat Wladimir Klitschko.

The latest to fall prey to Wladimir is Tony Thompson. In July 2008, Thompson provided Klitschko one of his toughest challenges in recent years. Thompson, at 6′ 5,” 240 is just as tall and as big as Wladimir.

Klitschko had a difficult time landing his lethal left-jab in the early rounds, but Wladimir eventually figured that Thompson didn’t have much firepower and started to land his straight-right with consistency. A booming right hand to the face sent Thompson on the canvas – KO 11.

A familiar sight

A familiar sight

The rematch was no different. Unlike the first fight, Wladimir didn’t waste time plodding behind his left-jab, straight-right combination. Instead, Wladimir was aggressive from the start – swatting away Thompson’s right-jabs like flies before countering with hard rights and hooks. Wladimir used his foot-speed to both avoid Thompson’s punches and pressure the 40-year-old American against the ropes behind a punishing barrage of punches.

Wladimir floored Thompson to the canvas toward the end of the fifth round off a right hand. In the sixth, Wladimir landed a left-jab, straight-right, overhand left that send Thompson to the mat for good. The time of the stoppage was 2:55 seconds.

“I am happy that I defended my titles,” Wladimir said. “It was a pretty tough job for me which I was expecting. It was hard to find the right timing against Thompson, it was hard to hit him.”

Wladimir Klitschko is one of the Greatest of All-Time

Ladies and gentlemen, Wladimir Klitschko is proving to be one of the Greatest Heavyweights of All-Time. Wladimir Klitschko, in an extremely rare occurrence in today’s modern fight game, has fought 61 professional fights. His amateur record consists of a mark of 134-6 and a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Klitschko, in two reigns as heavyweight champion, has competed in 21 career world title fights losing only twice. Klitschko has not lost a fight in more than 8 years, as he has dominated an amazing list of heavyweights. Many of them will never become world champion because of Wladimir’s grasp on the heavyweight championship.

Wladimir Klitschko has dominated the heavyweight championship ranks alongside older brother Vitali. Wladimir, who will never fight his brother, doesn’t have anything close to an equal. No heavyweight has dominated his era the way Wladimir Klitschko has – minus Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis.

Kelly Pavlik resumes comeback

Former unified WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) is on the comeback trail. The 30-year-old Youngstown, OH native spent a lot of time outside the ring in rehabilitation facilities to combat alcohol abuse.

Fighting for the fourth time since losing the world middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in 2010, Pavlik won an unanimous 10-round decision against Will Rosinsky (16-2, 9 KOs) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on Saturday.

Pavlik looked very good. His combinations were sharp, as he appeared to have been prepared for a tough 10-round fight. Rosinsky, is a very durable fighter and he gave Pavlik a tough fight. However, Rosinsky isn’t the puncher Pavlik is, nor does he have his experience. Pavlik applied pressure and outworked Rosinsky throughout, despite suffering a cut above his left eye.

Pavlik was head on the judges’ scorecards: 98-91 (twice) and 97-92.

Pavlik is still a quality name in a hot super middleweight division that include unified WBA/WBC Super B Six World Boxing Classic tournament winner Andre Ward, newly crowned IBF 168-pound champion Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, and Lucian Bute.

Enough is enough for Monte Barrett?

Heavyweight contender Monte Barrett has a heart as big as mountain. He fights hard and is a very, very tough man. I’ve covered Monte’s career for a longtime and watching win some hard fights. I’ve also watched Barrett struggle and suffer inside the boxing ring. To Barrett’s credit, he has responded well from each and every defeat. However, I beg to ask… How much can one take?

How much punishment will Monte Barrett be allowed to take before it’s evident that he shouldn’t be fighting?

Monte Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs), 41, Queens, NY, suffered a devastating one-punch knockout at the hands of Shane Cameron (28-2, 22 KOs) on July 5th in New Zealand. Both fighters planted their feet hard to the mat and unloaded with their right hand, but Cameron’s landed first and Monte was left motionless on the canvas in round four.

In the last four years, Barrett has only recorded one victory in his last seven fights. That was last year August when he rematched David Tua in his native New Zealand. Monte was down in that fight as well.

Barrett has been stopped six times his career, but the alarming notation is that his defeats to former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (2008) and amateur standout Odlanier Solis (2009) were punishing stoppages.

That defeat to Cameron was a serious stab against his immediate goal of earning a title shot in the near future. Monte’s career has undergone nearly 300 hard rounds. He has defeated some top 10 contenders, fought for both the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles, and made the best of his opportunities against the best.

So where does Monte Barrett go following New Zealand?