Originally Posted by DanishFightfan
Okay, Wlad has a better jab and straight right (which means that he is more effective against boxer-movers than Vitali is)..
But Vitali's D is far better, he is a superior counter puncher, his punches is much harder to avoid, he keeps working and fights out instead of clinching.. To me he just seems like a much more natural fighter, with a better understanding of the sweet science..
IMO this "Wlad is a better boxer" seems like an ESB myth..
It seems like a lot of people are making their decisions based on chins. That has nothing to do with who the better fighter is. If it does then ask yourselves a simple question: who's the better fighter, James Toney or Roy Jones? Both great fighters, but Toney definitely has the better chin. I'd say the majority of us would say Jones is the better fighter, though. Sure Wlad got kayoed early in his career and then taken out by Sanders, but Brewster beat him because he just had nothing left in the tank. Sanders just had a bazooka for a straight left that would have leveled just about every heavy who got hit with it. Klitschko's problem at that time was his defense, not his chin. And what has Klitschko done since his last loss? Improved. His defense is better, his pace more measured- you can see him in there thinking instead of simply trying to blast away opponents (which would probably work with 99% of them). He could have pulled the trigger on Calvin Brock 1-2 rounds earlier than he did, he could have taken out Austin in a single round, he could have put Chris Byrd away sooner considering Byrd played right into his fight. It wasn't lack of ability that made these kayoes come later, Klitschko was playing chess master and once all the pieces were in the right order he moved in for a checkmate.
"Wlad has perfect textbook technique. Stance, movement, punches, etc..
Vitali is the tougher guy, but not "skilled" like Wlad.
When Wlad gets hit his reaction is to stop the other guys momentum, recover and then take control of the action.
When Vitali gets hit, his reaction is to exchange.
Wlad is an architect. Vitali is a wrecking ball"