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View Poll Results: Vitali's Career Defining Moment?
Quitting vs Byrd 17 9.50%
Being stopped in his prime by a fat shot Lennox Lewis 162 90.50%
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:59 AM   #31
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So far, and probably for keeps, the Lewis fight will be Vitali's defining moment. The comments here indicate the controversy over that fight will long rage on. Not only Vitali but most boxing fans feel deprived by there being no rematch.
However, for me there was yet another. Vitali was hurt early against Corrie Sanders, and Sanders' profile would have become HUGE had he knocked out both Klitschko brothers, vindicating his career and wiping out his reputation as an underachiever. But Vitali fought bravely, having several knock-em-down-drag-em-out exhanges with Sanders until Sanders' conditioning gave out, allowing Vitali to just batter him senseless for the last three rounds or so.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:29 AM   #32
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...Because he was in tremendous fitness for that first Rahman fight, which is why he won it...on his back...
And he got laid out because he was totally gassed, due to be out of shape... just like in the Oliver McCall fight.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:29 AM   #33
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And he got laid out. Thanks for proving my point.

And he got laid out because he was totally gassed, due to being out of shape... just like in the Oliver McCall fight.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:33 AM   #34
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slo100 what point are you trying to make? We agree Lewis was out of shape.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:34 AM   #35
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LL was only 37 and came in at 256 - a few lbs over his usual weight. He got a big break with that cut as Lennox was about to go to sleep for the third time in his career.

But, admittedly, it was a clean win for Lewis and probably the fight Vitali will be most remembered for if he retires right now.

But - it might be Lennox's career best win as well.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:37 AM   #36
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Definately the Lewis fight
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:38 AM   #37
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slo100 what point are you trying to make? We agree Lewis was out of shape.
Sarcasm ****wit. he got iced against McCall weighing 238... guess he was out of shape there to? a few pounds when you're a super heavyweight means sweet **** all.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:40 AM   #38
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Sarcasm ****wit. he got iced against McCall weighing 238... guess he was out of shape there to? a few pounds when you're a super heavyweight means sweet **** all.
I think you are mildly retarded. Did you watch the fight? Lewis looked chubby and was breathing heavily, but still busted Vitali up. He weighed in at a career high weight, yes he was out of shape.

No one blamed the McCall loss on being out of shape, STFU.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:47 AM   #39
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Some people talk as if Vitali was putting on a Maywether/Gatti style beating against Lewis and then just as he was about to finish Lewis off somehow suffered a complete fluke of a cut from out of nowhere that robbed him of his win.

The reality is that Vitali started well, especially the first three rounds, but then Lewis, taking the best that Vitali had to offer, started busting Vitali's face up and won the fight fair and square. Watch the sixth round, Vitali was almost out on his feet and hanging on for dear life.
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I remember a bloated and trembling morbidly obese Lennox Lewis stepping out his wheel chair, staggering into the ring one weary step at a time, collapsing and having seizure, being helped back to his feet and propped up in his corner.

Vitali stormed this helpless old man with everything he had, but Lewis responded with a punch so hard that it caved his face in and knocked his eye out of the socket. The ref was wise to stop it, Vitali would have been killed had the fight been allowed to continue. Shortly after the fight, Lewis died of old age. RIP
Now that's funny!
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:52 AM   #41
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No Homie Jeromie is really mad that Vitali & Wladimir are ruling the division.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:54 AM   #42
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Lewis was breathing heavily
Couldn't possibly been due to the amount of heavy hands Lewis was throwing?

After throwing a couple dozen power punches in short succession a prime Lewis wasn't breathing heavily? Not even breaking a sweat I bet!
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:56 AM   #43
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Some people talk as if Vitali was putting on a Maywether/Gatti style beating against Lewis and then just as he was about to finish Lewis off somehow suffered a complete fluke of a cut from out of nowhere that robbed him of his win.

The reality is that Vitali started well, especially the first three rounds, but then Lewis, taking the best that Vitali had to offer, started busting Vitali's face up and won the fight fair and square. Watch the sixth round, Vitali was almost out on his feet and hanging on for dear life.
That is exactly right. Prime Vitali was about to be stopped and left horizontal staring at the lights or the ref could save him to fight another day. Prime Vitali wasn't even as good as a past prime and quite out of shape Lewis. Vitali is way overrated and offensively actually far below a second rate heavyweight like Corrie Sanders. Thank goodness for his size and the weakness of the current era or he would be completely forgettable. As it is, he is completely ignored in the US because everyone realizes that none of the great large sized athletes are boxing so his wins over complete bums means absolutely nothing. This era is the analog to the "war years" when all the able bodied athletes were competing elsewhere and only lower level scrubs remained to fight among themselves.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:05 PM   #44
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Lennox was his only ATG opponent ... Vitaly outboxed him
comfortably loosing on cuts so I guess that defines his ATG status.
Additionally he lost to Byrd due to injury being way ahead on points.

Based on that it may be said that Vitaly could be competitive against anybody
else in the history, and only the toughest from them could manage to break
him down ... or if they are lucky enough they could won due to Vitaly's injury.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:26 PM   #45
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A bevy of choice from a stupid, biased poster. Yes, the Lewis fight was what defined him in the States and in the UK. In Germany, it was probably his comeback win against Sam Peter. After a 4 year absence at 36 years old, Vitali came back and won every round against a respectable titleholder who was a decade his senior.
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