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Wladimir Klitschko vs Calvin Brock

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For the past two years heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KOs) has been on a mission to rebuild his career and capture a heavyweight championship title. With his overwhelming victory over the resourceful Chris Byrd last April on HBO, Klitschko secured a heavyweight title and served noticed that he is a force in the division. The 30-year-old Ukranian was born in Kazakhstan. He and older brother, Vitali, developed into accomplished professional boxers though they both pursued a host of other interests. Wladimir speaks four languages and holds a Ph.D in sports science and philosophy from the University of Kiev.
 

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KLITSCHKO RETAINS TITLE

Calvin Brock's journey to become the heavyweight champion took a side trip to the mat this evening, falling victim to a bone-crunching right hook by Wladimir Klitschko 2:10 into the seventh round. While he beat the 10 count, Brock clearly didn't have enough in him to convince referee Wayne Kelley, who stopped the fight.
The boxing banker seemed a little wobbly on his feet early in the fight, stumbling several times to the matt in an awkward display. He seemed unsure of his strategy and how to handle the aggressive Klitschko, who maintained a steady attack and left hand jab throughout the fight.

It wasn't until the fifth round, when the left hand made way for the right, that Klitschko's dominance was apparent. The champion had worked a steady and effective jab throughout the fight, but had yet to place a convincing power punch and had hardly let go of his right. Meanwhile Brock was finding a better rhythm than the first few rounds, slipping underneath Klitschko's jab and working his body with loud hooks and straight jabs. As early as the third round Klitschko had large red welts on his torso, but Brock's consistent approach was showing holes.

As Napoleon says "You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war." Brock, by doggedly pursuing the same body blow jabs showed Klitschko all of his art, and the Kazakhstan born Ukrainian finally realized that the opening he was waiting for had been there all night.

"I knew it was over there," he said. "I should have tried that earlier, but it took me time to get my distance and rhythm."

First a sharp left hand knocked a slowing Brock back and then a thundering right sent Brock spiraling face first into the canvas. Though Klitschko was winning on the cards up until that moment, it had been a challenging fight for the champion.

"He was a good defensive fighter," Klitschko said of Brock, whose unbeaten record is now a thing of the past.

"He had a better jab than I thought he did. He was very strong," Brock said. Brock presented himself as a challenge to the champion, and against a faster fighter, Klitschko may have problems if a challenger can avoid his jabs. With an interesting corral of Heavyweight belt holders, it will be sooner than later that Klitschko finds himself either facing one time opponent to be Shannon Briggs, giant Nikolai Valuev, or the second Cinderella Man of the Year, Oleg Maskeav.
 

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Granted, Vlad is winning his matches but he looks horrible doing so. His combo is jab jab hold jab jab hold. Since he changed his strategy (L.Brewser)and started holding the challengers, he has lost whatever fluidity he had up until this point. I don't like how he fights anymore.
 

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His combo is jab jab hold jab jab hold.

Since he changed his strategy (L.Brewser)and started holding the challengers, he has lost whatever fluidity he had up until this point. I don't like how he fights anymore.
Based on my experience, I find that a clinch (hold on to the other fighter) is for fighters who are either tired or hurt.

The fighter that has the stamina to go the distance and hasn't been hurt has no need for clinches.

Are fighters in as good of shape today as they use to be?

As for most I would say they are not.

What your actually complaining about I see in near all fights today.

There's little exciting action today, but plenty of attempts at dancing and clinching by mediocre fighters and even by many so called world champions today too.

It didn't use to be that way, but it is now.

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Based on my experience, I find that a clinch (hold on to the other fighter) is for fighters who are either tired or hurt.

The fighter that has the stamina to go the distance and hasn't been hurt has no need for clinches.
There is a third option which you have forgotten and in Klitchko's case makes it imperative that he clinch. It is known as the glass jaw. His chin is so vulnerable that he can't risk being hit. The safest way to avoid being hit is to adopt a John Ruiz style of fighting were less shots are thrown and only quick jabs get out followed by a clinch. Because he's huge his jabs hurt more than someone of normal stature would.
 
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