By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“We don’t have to wait until Wladimir stops boxing to realize what’s going on. We can say it now – Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) should be considered among best heavyweights in the history of our sport. With legends like Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, George Foreman or Mike Tyson,” said former heavyweight contender Jameel McCline in a Fightnews.com interview. McCline is in Germany to work as ringside commentator for tonight’s Wladimir Klitschko-Francesco Pianeta WBA, WBO, IBF title fight.
“When you start looking what Wladimir did for the last 7-8 years in the heavyweight division, there only one word – dominance. His critics will say that he is not fighting great fighters, names we remember from the 80s and 90s. First of all – it’s not entirely true, because he fought world champions, fought all the fighters considered legitimate challengers. I know something about that. I fought the guy. And he cannot jump into a time machine and go back 20+ years just to prove people he is better than them. What’s astonishing is the fact that he’s now only winning – he is destroying his rival. When he’s not knocking them down, he’s just giving them lesson on 21st century heavyweight boxing.”
“When we were talking after the final press conference, I asked him about his preparations, especially the mental part. I asked, how he can just shoot down all the distractions, the great life he has, and just be completely committed to every fighter he’s facing. He looked me and said, that “I will always remember the feeling, my mental state after I lost to Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster. Always.”
I think Pianeta (28-0, 15 KOs) is a good, solid fighter but unfortunately for him, he will be fighting a GREAT fighter, who basically does everything better. Francesco overcame cancer, there’s no doubt that it will give him extra strength and will to do his best, but how long will it last? In my opinion, maybe 2-3 rounds, then Pianeta will understand how tough his task is; feel the power and accuracy of Wladimir’s punches. After it happens, fight will be over in the middle rounds.