Klitschko vs Fury 2: "I'm obsessed"Written by Lee Cleveland
Next month, former long reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will face newly-crowned king Tyson Fury in what will serve as a rematch of their November 2015 bout won by the latter.
In their first encounter, Wlad's output was hideous as he landed a dreadful 52 punches and 8 powershots in the entire 12 rounds. And when he finally exhibited some semblance of aggression in the final two rounds, he was seemingly hurt by a subsequent Fury combination.
He lacked creativity, passion nor any real sense of urgency after it was obvious he was falling far behind. In fact, Klitschko fought with the level of cautiousness of a soldier walking through a mind field.
Hit, hug, hold and pose... Pose, hold, hug and pose more.
We've seen this before, but...
Klitschko has fought in a tentative fashion for most of the last 10 years but against Fury, he took it to a whole new level. That stated, his British foe did little to put the proverbial 'Stamp of Approval' on his win, doing just enough win each round.
Klitschko vs Fury 2
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2016
Venue/ Location: Manchester Arena /Manchester, UK
Broadcast: HBO (U.S); BOXNATION (U.K.)
Titles: RING, WBA, WBO
Champion: Tyson Fury
Will we see a different Klitschko next month? Insiders insist Klitschko hasn't taken to losing very well.
Earlier today, the former champ, tweeted. "Great to be back at camp again. #NowMoreThanEver'." and attached a pic (this article's cover photo) of him looking pretty rugged in training.
"So this time, Tyson is invisible," Wladimir said via Daily Mail UK.
"Am I surprised? Nothing about Tyson surprises me anymore."
"I just hope he becomes visible in the ring when he is due to fight me in Manchester."
"Losing to him, after being the champion for so long was a great experience for me."
"It has made be obsessed about getting my revenge."
We've seen Wladimir Klitschko angry before. Remember his rematch with Tony Thompson in 2012?
Noticeably stronger than his opponent, Wlad turned up the pace early and out-punched, out-slugged and out-bullied Tony, who'd won his previous 32 of 33 bouts, from the start.
The Ukrainian, in 'Mike Tyson' mode, would badly hurt and subsequently drop Thompson twice in Round 6, forcing referee Sam Williams to give the challenger a standing count before stopping the fight at 2:56.
"He's strong and he's world heavyweight champion for a reason." Thompson proclaimed afterwards.
Will this supposed hungrier version of Wlad summon the desire and intensity outside the ring to be a changed man inside it?
And can the former champion redeem himself of his disappointing performance in November and once again become top dog?
Wladimir Klitschko Accomplishments...
- Has held the titles of the WBO (twice), IBF, WBA (Super title) and The RING Magazine.
- Held the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles longer than any other fighter in history, and is the second longest-reigning heavyweight champion of all-time.
- Klitschko's reign of nine years, seven months and seven days is second only to the reign of Joe Louis, who was champion for 11 years, eight months and eight days.
- Klitschko successfully defended the WBO and IBF heavyweight titles more than any other fighter
- Defended the WBO title 19 times (five during his first reign and 14 during his second reign) and the IBF title 18 times; Only Joe Louis (25 defenses) and Larry Holmes (20 defenses) have made more.
- Boasts a record of 25-3 (19 KOs) in world title fights.
- 11 year / 22 fight unbeaten streak
- 6 years as the RING Magazine (real and legitimate) heavyweight champion
- 78 percent KO ratio
- Is 12-3 (8 KOs) against former or current world titlists
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A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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