Re: Wladimir Klitschko now holds the record for the longest reign in HW boxing histor
Wlad also has some major league intangibles he uses to his advantage. Like his pre-fight preperations. He actually listens to his corner and follows instructions.
Another thing he does is take a page out of the Lewis bag of tricks--on film it looks easy against them. Once in the ring it's a whole different ballgame. And you can see opponents in the non-comfort zone and attempting to make adjustments quickly. But it is not anywhere near as easy as they thought. They widely underestimate footwork and angles.
Then, it's that jab. What Wlad does great is to nullify with that jab. Far more important than the power aspect is the absolute perfect timing he throws it. Beautiful. He fires it off just at the millisecond before the opponent is getting set to launch. Absolute perfection and razor sharp timing regarding that moment the opponent cannot handle it. And it is a very tight window and just how many can pull it off? He nullifies the opponents outside game as well as Jimmy Young did and maybe right there with Muhammad Ali. These guys just break any sort of rythym and the opponents can't even think about countering it--they get hit right at that one point when they are out of range and don't have the proper balance to launch themselves. That's why those guys were almost impossible to counter their jabs--a prime Young did not get countered. Ali. Wlad. With all those opponents and rounds, just who countered the thousands of jabs those guys threw?