Originally Posted by madballster
I know it's mostly out of hand with the Vitali hate on this board, but there's a big difference between Vitali's steroid aduse and the Reid KO.
Vitali himself brought up the steroid issue in his biography. He admitted it without being pushed from the outside. When asked about the Pele Reid KO (even if it was in another sport and 20 years ago) he was adamant this never happened. He flat out denied it.
Vitali is no doubt a proud man but a man can admit his weaknesses, mistakes and defeats. This doesn't mean he's not a very good boxer, I just question his character a wee bit more than I used to.
Denying a ko is stupid by Vitali, you would remember the name of the guy who ko'ed you, but is there any more source than this one article? Did he deny it in his biography?