By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
In the part one of Lamon Brewster’s interview, the former World heavyweight champion explained how he beat Wladimir Klitschko 10 years ago and why he looked in not such good shape for their second fight. Here is the second part of our talk with the American KO artist.
How do you rate the chances of Kubrat Pulev to beat Wladimir Klitschko? (Note: the Klitschko-Pulev fight has been postponed until a date to be named due to a biceps injury suffered by Klitschko)
I have to totally honest, because I didn’t see enough fights of Pulev. I don’t want to take something away from the challenger. Or to discredit Wladimir Klitschko for all the years he is giving us great fights. I can’t say that this new guy, who never fought the caliber of fighters, that Klitschko faced over years, will win. Or Wladimir is going to win. I am not sure how good Pulev is and what he will bring to the table.
I don’t know how much he wants to be world champion or if he just wants the money. What is his style? Is he fast? Can he punch? Does he has a chin? All that matters. I can’t make a great assessment until I see more footage of Pulev. I’m speaking of fights not against Top 20 in the world, but I want to see him fighting against Top 10 on a consistent basis, as Wladimir is. So I have to go with Wladimir winning this match, because he is proving time and time again. He trains hard. He dedicates himself.
What kind of advice would you give to Kubrat Pulev in order to beat Wladimir Klitschko?
My advice to Kubrat will be: Ask yourself are you in this for the money? Or you are in because you want to wear the title on your waist? Because that’s the difference in mentality. Do you want to be heavyweight champion of the world, or you just want to be rich? If you want to be a champ you’re gonna do everything that it takes. You not gonna cut any corners, you not gonna cheat yourself, you not gonna get a rest. You not gonna party with friends, you not gonna chase girls, you not gonna have sex, you gonna sacrifice everything and dedicate, like I did to beat Wladimir Klitschko, to be heavyweight champion of the world. If you do that, when you go to the ring, you will not have an excuse to lose. So the losing is not gonna be an option. Pulev has to fight.
He must know that it’s either he will knock out Wladimir or Wladimir will knock him out. If he sits down and waits for Wladimir to make his fight, he is going to have hard rounds.
What is the best way to hurt and knock out Wladimir Klitschko?
Anyway you can handle it. There are many ways to go to the top of the mountain. With Wladimir it depends of the height. How tall is Kubrat Pulev?
He must use his jab, and to attack Wladimir’s body with every chance he gets. Kubrat Pulev must watch out for Wladimir’s right hand and left hook. Wladimir developed himself as a fighter. There are not many tall heavyweight fighters with a good left hook, but Klitschko can use it well. Pulev must watch a lot of boxing tapes of Wladimir Klitschko and find out his weaknesses. Kubrat must understand that at the same time Wladimir is studying his weaknesses. In boxing, the winners are the ones who are in best shape and watch the most, those are the ones who usually win, regardless on who they are. The one, who wanted it the most doesn’t have just one plan. What about if the right hand don’t work? You must not set yourself up to use just one good punch.
To beat Wladimir you must go in the ring ready to knock him out with every single punch. It might be a jab, it might be a right hand, it might be a left hook. The point is you need an arsenal when you fight with guy like Wladimir because he is not the type of fighter that has many weaknesses. Sometimes you must be patient to see the weakness or sometimes to go there and find the weakness.
Kubrat Pulev suggested that Wladimir Klitschko may use doping, because the world champ is not tested between fights, just after the bouts. Do you agree or not with these accusations?
You know something, I don’t know so I would just be speculating. I’ve questioned a lot of things, too, but it’s not for me to say. I can’t say yes or no. Only God knows, because for me to say yes and I don’t have proof, it makes me look like a fool. For me to say no, it will look like I’m very naive, because Germany was on the top of the world in steroid usage.
So they may have a drug. Whatever he could be using, it may not even be on a market for another ten years, so therefor it’s not illegal. It’s illegal, because it enhances performance, but at the same time the system will not pick a bone.
Why have the top ranked contenders looked so awful against Wladimir Klitschko in the last 10 years?
All the great trainers like the Angelo Dundees, Bill Slaytons, George Bentons, all those guys are dead now. We don’t have great trainers to teach the young guys how to fight anymore. It’s like the blind can’t lead the blind. How can a fighter can be great when you don’t have somebody to make him great. If you’re the greatest race horse in the world, but you don’t have the right kind of jockey, who knows how to work with you and to get the best out of you, you can’t win a race.
Well, look at Ruslan Chagaev, David Haye or Alexander Povetkin. They are proven over the years, but looked like newbie boxers against Wladimir Klitschko.
You got to understand that Wladimir is a really good fighter, but if he fought guys his own size, he wouldn’t look as good as he does. It’s easy when you fight a guy that you have a five inch advantage over and you outweigh him by 20-30 pounds. When you fight someone your own size, that makes a far more competitive fight. It’s tough for a guy 6 feet and 200 pounds to fight someone 6’8 and 270 pounds.
Maybe we need a law if you have so many pounds advantage you have to fight in a different division. Some sort of super-heavyweight division.
How is your vision after your fight against Robert Helenius? It was the last one in your career.
I am blind in that eye now, cos they put something in that boy’s glove. They knew it that he is not gonna miss. They cut my eye. My doctor told me that in his 40-years practice as a California medic he has never seen this kind a cut on a boxer. He was treating boxers in the Forum during 80s and 90s, when Lakers used to play there. When I get back overseas from the fight my eyelid was like someone took a razor. They didn’t allow me to look at this guy’s glove. I got maybe 10% vision left.
What are you doing right now?
I have my own line of cigars now. Me, James “Lights out” Toney, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer and Chris Bird, we all have our own individual blends of cigars, called “Champion Cigars.” We are about to tell the whole boxing world that we will have a web page, where people can come online and buy our cigars.
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Ognian Georgiev is a Bulgarian sports journalist and author of the book “The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story”. You may find more about him on his blog: http://ogigeorgiev.wordpress.com/