Klitschko wins easily

Updated: July 2, 2011

Better Luck next time...

Better Luck next time...

IOWA CITY, IOWA—It was suppose to be the big heavyweight fight of the past decade and the big test for Wladimir Klitschko over the past seven years. Instead, the fight ended with a whimper with little action and only in the first minute of the last round did one see any excitement or doubts about who will win. For the most part, it was classic Klitschko; reduce his opponent to survival mode.

The opening round set the pace for most of the fight as David Haye looked to maneuver for a big blow while Wladimir Klitschko used his jab to control the real estate. Haye biggest problem was his inability to penetrate Klitschko’s defenses and his failure to use his own quick hands to jab his way inside; instead he leaped in with punches.

On occasions, he landed his overhand right enough times to produce a welt under Vladimir Klitschko’s left eye but he threw half as many punches and connected on half as many punches. During the second half of the fight, Haye became less active and while Klitschko lost a point for pushing Haye down, Haye flopped in order to get another point deduction. The referee even counted Haye for an eight count after Haye flopped in the eleventh round. The referee got tired of Haye’s tactic and figure that one way to get his attention was to deduct a point and let the record show he was knocked down.

There was only three rounds in the fight had any serious competition, the third round in which Haye showed some rhythm and connected on some solid rights and the fourth round in which Haye actually connected on more punches for the only round in the fight.

At the beginning of the twelfth round, Haye shot a solid right that forced Klitschko to hold and then Klitschko threw some combinations of his own as he forced Haye to retreat. In a round that showed the potential of the fight could have been; instead it prove to be the exception to the rule. A fight that saw the loquacious Haye be reduced to fighting survival and had one round that he connected on one punch. The fight that was suppose to be dynamite turned into a whimper; leaving fans wondering who can actually challenge the Klitschko’s brothers.

Friday night saw action fights. Mickey Bey maintained his undefeated record as he showed solid boxing skills as he dominated Alejandro Rodriquez with solid boxing skills for the first three rounds. In the fourth round, Bey’s jab set up a solid right that sent Rodriquez to his knee. Rodriquez got up but he merely fell backwards and back down toward the rope. The fight ended.

The main event featured hard hitting Mark Melligen against the tough Argentina Sebastian Lujan. Lujan strategy was to wear Melligen down with constant action whereas Melligen was to use his boxing skills to avoid Lujan charges while nailing him with solid shots. The fight was contact action from the opening bell as Melligen used his boxing skills to connect on solid combinations including uppercuts. Lujan continued to pressure Melligen but over the first four rounds, Melligen accuracy continuously nailed Lujan as he came in.

After the fourth round, Lujan pressure had its effect as Melligen showed down. Lujan right hand consistently nailed Melligen and Mellgen went down for the first time due to Lujan’s right in the sixth round. This was the first of the four knockdowns and Melligen no longer could keep Lujan from dominating him. From the fifth round toward the ninth round, when the fight ended, Lujan constantly trapped Melligen on the rope. Melligen couldn’t escape and Lujan simply threw punches in bunches as Melligen kept hitting the ground.