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Three thoughts on “Czar” Glazkov’s entertaining victory over Garrett Wilson

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“Czar” Glazkov landed 238 punches to opponent Garrett Wilson’s 75 in his unanimous decision win. (Lars Baron/Getty Images)

VERONA, N.Y. — Three thoughts on Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov’s unanimous decision win over Garrett Wilson…

1. For a blowout, this was a fun scrap

Injuries in boxing happen; they are not the fault of the promoter, matchmaker or network, much as we like to search for someone to blame. And there is no question that when Tomasz Adamek bowed out of Saturday night’s fight against Glazkov with a stomach virus, the card took a hit. Adamek and Glazkov was a crossroads fight, an aging contender against a rising one. But credit Main Events–and matchmaker Jolene Mizzone–with a nice save on this one. Wilson wasn’t Main Events’ first choice (Steve Cunningham, Bryant Jennings, Malik Scott, among others, passed) but the cruiserweight contender ended up being a pretty fun one.

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  • Published On Nov 16, 2013
  • A fresher Tomasz Adamek is ready for his next high-profile opponent

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    Tomasz Adamek (left) took some time off from boxing to sharpen his game. (Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

    Tomasz Adamek (left) took some time off from boxing to sharpen his game. (Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Sitting on a dais, dressed casually in shorts and a white polo shirt, Tomasz Adamek, 36, looked more like a peer of his longtime promoter, Kathy Duva, than several of the younger fighters he shared the stage with. Adamek has had a long and decorated career, one highlighted by titles at light heavyweight and cruiserweight and a heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko, and on Saturday he will take another step towards one more big opportunity when he faces Dominick Guinn at Mohegan Sun Casino (NBC Sports Network, 10:30 pm).

    “[A title shot] is my goal,” Adamek said. “If I win a couple of fights, that’s what I want.”

    Few fighters have the resolve–or longevity–of Adamek, one of boxing’s true warriors. He’s a take-two-punches-to-deliver-three type of boxer who has consistently been one of the toughest outs in the sport. Klitschko, Chris Arreola, Chad Dawson and Steve Cunningham (twice) are just a few of the fighters Adamek (48-2) has waged wars with. He didn’t win them all, but he didn’t go down easy in any of them, either.

    Still, mixing it up in so many fights takes a toll, and Adamek started to feel that toll last December. While training for a rematch with Steve Cunningham, Adamek felt sluggish. His energy wasn’t as high as it used to be. His punches, said trainer Roger Bloodworth, were a split second slow. The mind was willing, Bloodworth said, but the body was weak.

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  • Published On Aug 01, 2013
  • Quick Jabs: Manny Pacquiao in no rush to fight, Glazkov-Scott card could be unwatchable, more

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    Manny Pacquiao

    Despite rumors, Manny Pacquiao probably will not be fighting in April. (AP)

    • Speculation has been rampant in the boxing industry that Manny Pacquiao could return to the ring in April, possibly in a fight in Singapore, Macau or Abu Dhabi. Yet I’m told that there is no sense of urgency to rush Pacquiao back into the ring.

    Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, told SI.com recently that he prefers that Pacquiao — who was brutally knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez last month — stay out of the ring until September. Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank, isn’t pushing to make the fight, partly because getting a $10-million site fee secured in the next two months would not be easy, and partly because Top Rank, like Roach, doesn’t see any need to rush back in the ring, not with another $30 million payday coming Pacquiao’s way in a potential fifth fight with Marquez. Most of the talk of a comeback fight is coming from Pacquiao’s business advisor, Michael Koncz, who will need the full support of Top Rank to make the fight happen. And right now, he doesn’t have it.

    • Last week, Main Events announced that heavyweight prospect Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov would headline an NBC Sports Network Fight Night show against undefeated Malik Scott on February 23. Now there has been some backlash to the choice of Scott. Despite good size (6-foot-3) and an unblemished record, Scott is rarely, if ever, in an entertaining fight, preferring to jab his way to lopsided wins on the outside against inferior opposition. It’s how his career has gone and, at 32, it’s likely how his career is going to be.

    Certainly Scott wasn’t the promoters’ first choice. Main Events thought it had a deal with heavy-handed heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov before he backed out. They it turned to Joe Hanks, Jason Estrada, Travis Kauffman, David Rodriguez, Justin Jones and Franklin Lawrence. Each turned the offer down.

    There is plenty of upside for Glazkov (14-0). Beating Scott (35-0) would be a nice feather in his cap. The fear though is that Scott, as he has done his whole career, will use his length, box on the outside and win a boring, unwatchable decision. And for Main Events, which has made Fight Night a success largely by putting together exciting fights, that would be a disaster.

    • Shane Mosley, whose skills have deteriorated significantly in recent years and who retired following a lopsided decision defeat to Saul Alvarez last May, is coming out of retirement to challenge welterweight titleholder Paulie Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in April. Putting aside that Mosley, 41, whose declining motor skills have been noticeable to reporters who have interviewed him the last few years, has reached the point where just fighting is especially dangerous, there is almost no way that can be an entertaining fight.

    • British promoter Frank Warren announced a terrific card to be held March 16 at Wembley Stadium in London. Headlining will be lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns, who will attempt to unify the 135-pound titles against fellow titleholder Miguel Vazquez. In addition, light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will defend his belt against mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi, super middleweight prospect George Groves will face Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye, and Dereck Chisora, who has not fought since being knocked out by David Haye last summer, will face an undetermined opponent.

    Chisora’s participation in the show is contingent on him being relicensed by the British Boxing Board of Control, which suspended Chisora’s license indefinitely after he provoked an ugly brawl with Haye last year.

    The card will be televised in the U.S. on Epix and EpixHD.com.

    • Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek will likely have to deal with charges stemming from an arrest for driving under the influence in upstate New York last week, but physically Adamek emerged from the three-car wreck unscathed. Adamek reportedly crashed his car into a parked vehicle, which was pushed into another parked car, while driving late Saturday night near Lake Placid, N.Y.

    Adamek is hoping to face Kubrat Pulev later this year in a fight that will determine the next mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko.

    “Fortunately, he’s fine,” said Adamek’s promoter, Kathy Duva, in an email. “This will not affect his next fight.”

    • Undefeated heavyweight Denis Boytsov, who is recovering from elbow surgery, has resumed training again. I’ll care when the oft-injured Boytsov starts fighting again.

    • Lightweight Adrien Broner’s impressive stoppage of Antonio DeMarco last November has many clamoring to see him in more big fights, including some at junior welterweight, one of the deepest divisions in boxing. However Broner, 23, has no plans to move up in weight anytime soon.

    “That’s what everybody wants you to do,” Broner said. “They have just seen me dominate and put on a great performance… but I just moved up to this weight [135 pounds]. I still make the weight [by] eating steak and potatoes every night at training camp. I make the weight comfortably, so I’m going to stay here for a lot of good fights that I still can have at 135-pounds.  So, I’m going to flush out this lightweight division and then we can go up to the light welterweight and crush their dreams. We’re going to stay here for a while.”

    • An interesting fight under discussion for the spring: Steve Cunningham, the former cruiserweight titleholder coming off a controversial loss to Tomasz Adamek last month, against Tyson Fury, the big (6-foot-8) heavyweight prospect who has been looking for name opponents.

    -Chris Mannix


  • Published On Jan 15, 2013
  • Quick Jabs: Mayweather still needs opponent, Pavlik could benefit from Ward injury, more

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    It is still unclear who Floyd Mayweather will be facing in May. (AP)

    It is still unclear who Floyd Mayweather will be facing in May. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said no decisions have been made regarding opponents for Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez in May. While Robert Guerrero continues to be a leading candidate to face Mayweather, Schaefer indicated that Austin Trout, who is coming off an upset win over Miguel Cotto in December, isn’t a likely candidate for Alvarez.

    “[Trout] is one of the names being considered,” Schaefer said. “But at this point, I don’t think it will happen.”

    • The shoulder injury that will sideline Andre Ward for at least the next few months could turn out to be a blessing for Kelly Pavlik. Pavlik, of course, was scheduled to face Ward later this month. Few people in the industry — myself included — gave Pavlik little more than a puncher’s chance against Ward, a physically stronger and more skilled fighter who has been campaigning at 168-pounds for most of his career. With Ward out, Pavlik has plenty of options in the super middleweight division. A fight with Lucian Bute has been dangled and a long-awaited matchup with Arthur Abraham could be a possibility. One name I’ve heard linked with Pavlik: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who could still be contemplating a move up to 168-pounds.

    • So Mariusz Wach says he has lost his passion for boxing. I would too if I took the beating Wladimir Klitschko gave him.

    • Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev’s promoter, Chris Meyer of Sauerland Event, told me on Monday that he will begin negotiations with Main Events CEO Kathy Duva this week about a matchup between Pulev and Tomasz Adamek this year. Pulev-Adamek would be an IBF eliminator, with the winner guaranteed a shot at IBF titleholder Wladimir Klitschko. Meyer said he hoped to have a tentative plan settled in the next 10-14 days.

    • Credit junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado for refusing to fight middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin at a catchweight of 158-pounds. I like Golovkin to win that fight but Rosado — who has never backed up from anyone — will make Golovkin fight. Could be an early candidate for Fight of the Year.

    • NBC reported that the ratings for its December 22nd card headlined by Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham averaged 1.6 million viewers (a 1.2 rating), peaking at 3.2 million viewers (2.2 rating). On the heels of a successful show on CBS a week earlier, I think it’s safe to say boxing will be back on network TV. Soon.

    • Count me among those concerned about Manny Pacquiao after his devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last month. But I don’t think doctors who have never examined him — like Filipino neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez, who last week said he saw early signs of Parkinson’s disease in Pacquiao — have any right to go public with that kind of accusation. That’s staggeringly irresponsible.

    - Chris Mannix


  • Published On Jan 08, 2013
  • Quick Jabs: Adamek-Cunningham II set, Froch changes his mind and more

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    Tomasz Adamek

    Tomasz Adamek will fight Steve Cunningham again after their epic bout in 2008, which Adamek won by split decision. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Some quick jabs…

    • Though it wasn’t announced, Main Events had planned to match heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek against former title challenger Odlanier Solis on its NBC show — the main NBC network, not NBC Sports Network — on Dec. 22nd. However, last week Solis’ new advisor, Gabriel Penagaricano, went to Main Events and said the money Solis had agreed to wasn’t going to be enough.

    In an email to SI.com, Duva explained what happened:

    “Recently, Solis pulled out of a fight in Spain that had been made by [promoter] Ahmet Ohner. Shortly after that we were informed by Solis’ new representative that he would not fight on Dec. 22nd under the terms that had been agreed to by his previous management. We went back and forth for over a week trying to resolve the situation. He was given a deadline of Friday, Oct. 12th to sign the paperwork. When he did not, we informed his representative that we were prepared to move on with another opponent. We then gave him until Monday at noon to reconsider. When he did not come back to us with an agreement by noon on Monday, we offered the fight to another heavyweight, who jumped at the opportunity. The deal was literally finished in the space of a few hours. Late on Monday night, Solis’ representative informed us that he was now ready to live up to our original deal. At that point, however, it was too late to turn back, as we had committed to another bout.”

    That other fighter Duva alludes to is Steve Cunningham, a longtime cruiserweight titleholder who made the jump to heavyweight in September. In 2008, Cunningham waged an epic war with Adamek, losing a split decision. Though Solis-Adamek was a more meaningful fight — the winner would have been well positioned for a 2013 fight with Wladimir Klitschko — Adamek-Cunningham is a can’t miss action fight.

    “This is a fight my team and I have wanted since the first one,” Cunningham said. “Adamek and I have been on two different paths, but in December our paths will collide again. I have respect for Adamek; he has done great things in his career, but I’m confident I’ll get the victory. I’m looking forward to it. On December 22nd I’ll be the best Steve Cunningham anyone has seen yet.”

    • Meanwhile, Duva continues to look for an opponent for rising heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings. One opponent who turned them down was Tor Hamer, a once-beaten heavyweight in Lou DiBella’s stable. According to DiBella, the offer — around $15,000, he said — simply wasn’t enough. Sound crazy? To me, too. Hamer’s career stalled after a 2010 loss to Kelvin Price and though he seemed to revive it after winning the U.K. Prizefighter tournament earlier this year, he is hardly a sought after fighter.

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  • Published On Oct 17, 2012
  • Quick jabs: Andre Ward, Gennady Golovkin, Adrien Broner making news

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    Manny Pacquiao (above), who fell to No. 3 in SI.com’s most recent pound-for-pound ratings, might not fight again in 2012 according to Top Rank’s Bob Arum. (AP)

    Some quick jabs …

    • Expect to see Andre Ward, fresh off last weekend’s impressive knockout win over Chad Dawson, in Las Vegas this Saturday at the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Sergio Martinez middleweight title fight. Ward is eyeballing the winner for his next fight. Just don’t expect Ward, a 168-pound super middleweight, to drop too close to the 160-pound middleweight limit. Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, told me Ward might be willing to cut “a couple of pounds” but no more than that. Nor is Ward all that interested in moving all the way up to 175 pounds, either. Hunter believes anyone who wants a crack at Ward should have to fight him at his weight.

    • So much for TMT Promotions — a company founded this summer by rapper 50 Cent and believed to involve Floyd Mayweather — making a big splash. While TMT is still in the hunt for a November date on HBO, nothing is close to being finalized. Moreover, 50 Cent has indicated in recent interviews that his relationship with Mayweather isn’t as strong as it used to be. That’s not good news for Andre Dirrell, Yuri Gamboa and Billy Dib, fighters who have signed to TMT but don’t appear to have many options before the end of the year.

    • After watching Tomasz Adamek get knocked down and struggle in an eventual fifth-round knockout of journeyman Travis Walker, you have to wonder just how much the 35-year old Adamek has left in the tank. In the last year Adamek has been battered by Vitali Klitschko, gone the distance in wins over Nagy Aguilera and Eddie Chambers, and been life and death with Walker. Adamek has fought some wars in his career; now, they might be catching up with him.

    • When Zsolt Erdei withdrew from his Sept. 29 fight with Isaac Chilemba, one solution was to take Chilemba off promoter Lou DiBella’s HBO-televised show and move him to a Main Events-promoted Sept. 21 card on NBC Sports Network. Main Events had been searching for a replacement for Gabriel Campillo, who withdrew from a fight with Sergey Kovalev, which would have headlined the NBC show. DiBella and HBO, however, wanted Main Events to give up Kovalev and have him fight Chilemba on HBO. But because boxing promoters get along about as well as a divorced couple, Chilemba stayed on DiBella’s card, where he will fight a yet to be named opponent on the untelevised undercard, while Kovalev will face unheralded Lionel Thompson on the NBC card. No one wins.

    • I still think that from a marketing perspective, Kelly Pavlik makes the most sense for Andre Ward.

    • If HBO can’t make Adrien Broner-Antonio DeMarco in November, I don’t want to see either of them on television. The network has invested millions in Broner, who has looked great plowing over a collection of stiffs. And DeMarco, who knocked out John Molina in less than a minute on Saturday, told me that he is ready, willing and able to fight Broner in November. Make it happen, or don’t give them the platform or the money to fight someone else.

    • Look for scintillating middleweight Gennady Golovkin to be back in the ring before the end of the year; just don’t expect it to be a unification fight against Daniel Geale. There’s a strong interest from HBO to make Golovkin-Geale but the sense I’m getting is that it’s more likely to happen in the spring of 2013.

    • No one at 140 pounds wants a piece of Lucas Matthyse. No one.

    • Spent some time talking to several people in Manny Pacquiao’s camp this week and no one can say with any certainty whether Pacquiao will fight again this year. Top Rank is still holding the Dec. 8 date but it is waiting to hear from Pacquiao.

    • During its broadcast last weekend, HBO incorrectly identified Ward as the last U.S. Olympic boxing gold medalist. Ward is the last men’s boxing gold medalist. The last gold medal won by a USA boxer was claimed by Claressa Shields, the 17-year old phenom who picked up middleweight gold in London.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Sep 11, 2012
  • Desperate duel between Tomasz Adamek, Eddie Chambers in New Jersey

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    The best fights in boxing are born out of desperation, and on Saturday night in Newark there is one that will wreak of it. Tomasz Adamek (45-2), last seen on the big stage getting beat up by WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko in 2011, against Eddie Chambers (36-2), last seen being knocked out by unified titleholder Wladimir Klitschko in 2010, for the right to stay in play as an opponent for one of the brothers (9 p.m., NBC Sports Network).

    Chambers, 30, has struggled since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko. He was inactive for nearly a year, returning in February 2011 to outpoint journeyman Derric Rossy. Chambers was scheduled to face Tony Thompson in an IBF title eliminator last October, but was forced to pull out with a back injury. He pulled out of another fight, this time with Sergei Liakhovich, in January, citing a rib injury.

    Chambers says the key to beating Adamek is to break him mentally.

    “Adamek sometimes has a problem with his body movement,” Chambers said. “He can be hit but he can also pepper you with great, surprising punch combinations. But his biggest strengths is his mental strength. He has unbelievable determination. He’s a warrior who never quits. But [when] he was broken by Vitali Klitschko, he could do nothing.”

    Adamek, 35, rebounded quickly from his loss to Klitschko, outpointing Nagy Aguilera in March. Adamek has contended that weight issues robbed him of his movement against Klitschko and hopes that a few wins will put him on a path to fight Wladimir early next year.

    As for Chambers, Adamek scoffs at Chambers’s assertion that he has figured out how to beat him.

    “In this sport, when fighters as accomplished as me and Eddie are fighting, there are no special surprises,” Adamek said. Everybody knows everything about the other guy. But the other side of coin is that knowing something in theory and actually doing it in the ring are different. I dedicate this saying to everybody who believes Chambers’ stories about “knowing” how to beat me.”


  • Published On Jun 14, 2012
  • Adamek, Chambers to fight with Klitschko possibly on horizon

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    Tomasz Adamek

    Tomasz Adamek (right) beat Nagy Aguilera via unanimous decision on March 24. (Ed Mulholland/US Presswire)

    Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek has an opponent for his June 16 date: former heavyweight title challenger Eddie Chambers.

    I’ll admit, I was a little wary about who Adamek’s promoter, Main Events, would pick as his opponent. Adamek already had the venue (Prudential Center, where he routinely draw crowds of 10,000-plus) and a TV deal (the fight will air on NBC Sports Network). It would have been easy for Main Events to try to throw Adamek (45-2), who will be just nine months removed from a hellacious beating at the hands of Vitali Klitschko, a softball.

    But they didn’t. Chambers (36-2) would not have been my first choice (Odlanier Solis, whose name was in the mix before he signed to face Konstantin Airich next month, was), but he is a lot better than my last (Kevin Johnson, who has not done squat since barking at Vitali Klitschko for 12 lopsided rounds in 2009). Chambers has a pedigree. He has fought just once since getting knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko in 2010 — a decision win over Derric Rossy — but before losing to Klitschko he beat former champion Samuel Peter and prospect Alexander Dimitrenko. His only other loss was to alphabet titleholder Alexander Povetkin.

    It’s a true crossroads fight. Chambers, who abruptly pulled out of a January fight against Sergey Liakhovich with a rib injury, needs a win to continue his quest for another title shot. So does Adamek. Neither fighter has big knockout power, but both are active punchers, which should make for an entertaining show. The winner will be of great interest to Wladimir Klitschko, who has been scouring the rankings for opponents to face on U.S. soil. The loser will, well, be of interest to very few.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Apr 04, 2012
  • Judah, Adamek back on radar, joined by unbeaten Jennings

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    Zab Judah improved to 42-7 with his 29th career knockout. (Ed Mulholland/US Presswire)

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Three thoughts from three strong fights Saturday night …

    Zab Judah is back. In the aftermath of Judah’s uncompetitive fifth-round knockout loss to Amir Khan last summer, many believed his days as a big-fight headliner were over. But the resilient Judah bounced back, stopping undefeated prospect Vernon Paris with a blurring flurry in the ninth round. It was a dominant win by Judah, who was first with the jab, first with combinations and confused Paris with angles all night. Before the fight Paris claimed he was going to put pressure on Judah, but it was Judah who was coming forward throughout the fight.

    With the win, Judah becomes the mandatory challenger for the winner of the May fight between Khan and Lamont Peterson. A rematch with Khan is unlikely — even if Khan wins, he’s eyeing a move up to 147-pounds — but there are plenty of options for Judah (42-7) to choose from. The junior welterweight division is flush with talent, including Peterson, Marcos Maidana and Danny Garcia as well as Juan Manuel Marquez and Brandon Rios. Judah’s performance and his popularity — the overnight numbers on NBC Sports Network were up 12 percent from the first show in January despite competing with an HBO show on the same night — will make him a marketable opponent.

    Paris (26-1) is at something of a crossroads. At 24, Paris is young enough to bounce back. But he doesn’t seem to take his training seriously. He admitted he didn’t train a day for his 2010 fight with Ramon Guevara and was four pounds overweight on the day before the weigh-in. Paris is talented, but he needs to sharpen his focus if he hopes to advance his career.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2012
  • Klitschko reign continues with Vitali’s win

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    Vitali Klitschko (above) met little resistance Saturday in retaining his WBC heavyweight title against Tomasz Adamek. (AP)

    ATLANTIC CITY — Three quick thoughts on Vitali Klitschko’s 10th-round knockout of Tomasz Adamek.

    • Klitschko is, simply, a beast. Klitschko is 40, has a head full of grey hairs and a body that has been battered by a long career in boxing. But there is no question he is light years better than anyone in the division not bearing the same last name. Saturday night was vintage Klitschko. He filleted Adamek’s face with that long, probing jab and dropped him twice — once officially, thanks to a blown call by referee Massimo Barrovecchio, who inexplicably didn’t call Adamek down in the second round after a Klitschko right hand had him grabbing the ropes to stay vertical — with thudding right hands. Adamek could never get inside and the 6-foot-7 Klitschko just gobbled him up from long range. A couple of people tweeted me a “he won because he’s tall” argument. That’s bogus. Klitschko is skilled and well-conditioned with a granite chin. He’s the real deal.

    • Besides Wladimir Klitschko, there is no one that can touch Vitali. HBO’s Max Kellerman dropped Robert Helenius’s name as a possible future opponent, and I agree with him. Helenius is Klitschko’s size and has impressive power. But Helenius, 27, is at least a year away from being ready. Between now and then, Vitali is looking at a lot of walkovers. David Haye is a possibility. Despite Wladimir destroying Haye in July, Vitali is still interested in getting in the ring with the man who trashed his family name. Undefeated Ukrainian Mariusz Wach, who can also match Vitali’s size, is another. Then there is former titleholder Nikolai Valuev, a 7-footer who has been inactive since 2009 due to injuries and a run for political office. Don’t expect any of those possibilities to pose a serious challenge.

    • Adamek should stay at heavyweight. So he couldn’t beat a Klitschko. Who can? In his short time as a heavyweight Adamek has proven he can hang with everyone else.  He drew 45,000 fans to a new stadium in Poland, has a very strong following in New Jersey and can win a lot of good, meaningful fights over the next few years. Put him in with Alexander Povetkin, David Haye or in a rematch with Chris Arreola and he will do well. The only lesson Adamek should take away from Saturday night is the same one every fighter who gets in the ring with Vitali or Wladimir: The Klitschkos are just too good.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Sep 10, 2011


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