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By Lee Skavydis

 

Vitali Klitschko successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Shannon Briggs tonight at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

 

Briggs walked to the ring looking focused and ready, and while he waited for Klitschko to enter the ring, the crowd and the viewing television audience were greeted with random black and white images on a screen that I struggle to see had any relevance to the bout and Klitschko, himself, except for showing Vitali throwing punches every now and again.

 

Once it was time for Vitali to make his entrance, he did so, unshaved and walked a little faster to the ring than usual as if to want to make a quick job of Briggs and get the bout over with.

 

Once the national anthems were played for both fighter's countries, Shannon pointed at Vitali as if he was determined to get victory tonight!

 

However, that was not to be as the bell sounded for round 1 and Briggs was hit very early in the round with a typical Klitschko right hand which quickly became the norm until the bell sounded to end it.

 

In round 2, Briggs was backed against the ropes with Vitali's jab and was, again, found with more right hands and there was little output from Briggs since the bell started the fight.

 

In the 4th, Vitali was caught with some body shots but answered that by piling on the pressure and began frequently hitting Shannon with left and right hands.

In the 7th, Shannon was, again, driven back to the ropes with more right's and the crowd began to sense that an ending was near.

 

As the bell sounded to end the round, Klitschko almost scored a knockout as he hit Briggs heavily with more hooks that appeared to daze the American but British referee, Ian John, shockingly sent him back to his corner!

 

The bout began to look sickening as Klitschko hit his target at will with precision and accuracy in the 8th.

 

In the 9th, the crowd began clapping due to impatience and was desperate for a knockout and, although one always looked inevitable and always near, it never came as Shannon continued to show his heart and courage to soak up any punishment that Klitschko could dish out.

 

By the end of the 10th round, the face of Briggs was a bloody mess but neither his corner team nor the ref pulled him out!

 

It was a one way street in the 11th and 12th rounds as Shannon continued to take even more unnecessary punches, hit with right and left hands, seldom trying to hit back and the bell finally sounded to end the last round and the expression of Briggs said it all while the scores were tallied up.

 

Michael Buffer read out an unsurprising unanimous decision for the Ukrainian in what was, in all, a dull and very one sided affair!

 

I do feel that it is necessary to say that referee, Ian John, should be summoned for his duty during tonight's bout as there was no need for Briggs to take as many punches as he did, admirably as that may be.

 

His corner team should also take some criticism for not pulling him out when it was plain to see as early as the 7th round that their fighter was not firing back, only willing to survive the fight.

 

Boxing is a dangerous enough sport as it is and those responsible during a bout should always be accurate in their assessment of the well being of both boxers and not to let emotion cloud their judgement!

 

Congratulations to Vitali Klitschko, who keeps dominating a very dire heavyweight division!

 

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It has to be Haye or somebody like Povetkin or perhaps Boystov but Haye is the only one that captures the public's imagination.

 

The fight with either Klitschko should happen next year as Haye wants to get out by 31.

 

Did anyone notice that Klitschko looked considerably slower last night?

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I thought he looked slower against Sosnowski, and thought he was a bit faster last night.

 

Vitali isn't half of what he used to be anymore

 

he's got zero killer instinct now, last night he had so many opportunities to finish Briggs as he was there for the taking, but instead carried on throwing in one's and two's

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That is true Razz, and it goes to show how hard Lennox hit compared to Vitali.

 

Lennox was an animal though

 

i think Haye-Vitali would be interesting

 

if Haye threw as many punches as he can when he's at his best he could really wear Vitali down

 

apparently K2 have offered Haye a deal to fight Vitali, 50-50 of the world purse or something, Vitali said it's the last title that needs adding to the Klitschko family

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That is true Razz, and it goes to show how hard Lennox hit compared to Vitali.

 

Lennox often won his fights in ones or twos as well though.

In my opinion, he excelled beyond Vitali in his range of punches, particularly his uppercut.

Lewis often won with single shot power, whereas Vitali is more renowned (and always has been) for wearing down his opponents to the point where there's nothing else left but to give up.

Credit to Briggs for standing up, but it could have been the worst decision of his career to stand and take the beating that he did there at the weekend.

Let's not kid about, he should have been stopped, and bar standing in front of Vitali and getting punched in the face repeatedly, he didn't have a lot left to give.

If you want to give a true comparison to the Lewis fight, you also have to take into account that Briggs had Lennox in a world of trouble in the first 2 rounds, and was very very close to winning it in the first himself.

Even at his peak, I don;t think Vitali would have been troubled by him, and that's another big difference that isn't often taken into account.

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That is true Razz, and it goes to show how hard Lennox hit compared to Vitali.

 

Lennox often won his fights in ones or twos as well though.

In my opinion, he excelled beyond Vitali in his range of punches, particularly his uppercut.

 

yeah but that's because Vitali doesn't throw anything else other than jabs

 

the only punch Vitali excels over anybody with is the jab

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That is true Razz, and it goes to show how hard Lennox hit compared to Vitali.

 

Lennox often won his fights in ones or twos as well though.

In my opinion, he excelled beyond Vitali in his range of punches, particularly his uppercut.

 

yeah but that's because Vitali doesn't throw anything else other than jabs

 

the only punch Vitali excels over anybody with is the jab

 

You're pretty much bang on.

He was only getting Briggs in real trouble when he actually threw variations (i.e. the 7th where he caught him near the end with a hook and an uppercut).

He is a punishing puncher, but not a skilled fighter, and makes a living off of being more durable than his opponent and awkward to catch.

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That is true Razz, and it goes to show how hard Lennox hit compared to Vitali.

 

Lennox often won his fights in ones or twos as well though.

In my opinion, he excelled beyond Vitali in his range of punches, particularly his uppercut.

 

yeah but that's because Vitali doesn't throw anything else other than jabs

 

the only punch Vitali excels over anybody with is the jab

 

You're pretty much bang on.

He was only getting Briggs in real trouble when he actually threw variations (i.e. the 7th where he caught him near the end with a hook and an uppercut).

He is a punishing puncher, but not a skilled fighter, and makes a living off of being more durable than his opponent and awkward to catch.

 

it's the same gameplan everytime he steps into the ring

 

no matter who it is, he just keeps them at bay with his long reach and picks them off with his jab until they're there for the picking

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