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View Poll Results: Vitali's Career Defining Moment?
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:59 PM   #106
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Has to be the Lewis fight.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:06 PM   #107
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The Lewis fight. Very much dominant in his time, but put him up against genuine class (even out of shape class) and we see him for what he is, very good but not truly great.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:20 PM   #108
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Here are some notable torch passing occassions:

Marciano beat Louis.
Ali beat Liston/Patterson.
Holmes beat Ali.
Tyson beat Holmes.
Lewis beat Holyfield/Tyson.

Vitali had an out of shape 38 yr old Lewis in front of him and couldn't close the deal. that is his career defining moment, not being good enough to take the torch from a very faded Lewis.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:32 PM   #109
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Here are some notable torch passing occassions:

Marciano beat Louis.
Ali beat Liston/Patterson.
Holmes beat Ali.
Tyson beat Holmes.
Lewis beat Holyfield/Tyson.

Vitali had an out of shape 38 yr old Lewis in front of him and couldn't close the deal. that is his career defining moment, not being good enough to take the torch from a very faded Lewis.
Yep, thus proving himself a most un-worthy succesor in the process. None of the above had to whine, cry and bitch for a rematch to try to win the belts, they just did it at the right time like a real champion does. VITLAY grabbed the title once Lewis was gone but he never beat the man.
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Yep, thus proving himself a most un-worthy succesor in the process. None of the above had to whine, cry and bitch for a rematch to try to win the belts, they just did it at the right time like a real champion does. VITLAY grabbed the title once Lewis was gone but he never beat the man.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:46 PM   #111
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He will be remembered as the guy whom Lennox Lewis refused to rematch after a very controversial, close fight, and who made the latter's decision to eventually retire an easy one.
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An in-shape 38 year old Lewis would have absolutely anihilated Klitschko and made an even bigger mess of his face. Lewis had no obligation to pass the torch, he retired faded but still the very best in the world.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:51 PM   #113
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An in-shape 38 year old Lewis would have anihilated Klitschko and made an even bigger mess of his face. Lewis had no obligation to pass the torch, he retired faded but still the very best in the world.

His legacy is he passed a candle.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:52 PM   #114
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Losing to an out of shape, unmotivated Lennox Lewis.
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An in-shape 38 year old Lewis would have absolutely anihilated Klitschko and made an even bigger mess of his face. Lewis had no obligation to pass the torch, he retired faded but still the very best in the world.

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Losing to an out of shape, unmotivated Lennox Lewis.

Oh please....

Every time Vitali-Lewis comes up, Lewis seems to get in worse shape.
Lewis was about 5lbs over his normal fighting weight, for someone of his size, that's not much at all. Sure he could have been in better shape, but he was not in bad shape.

You can easily make the argument that Vitali could also have been more prepared, as neither fighter prepared for each other (Vitali stepped in for Johnson, he was originally scheduled to face Cedric Boswell).
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Lewis's physique looked reasonably good and he still had his fantastic power, but he clearly hadn't done his miles. If he'd come in prepared like a year earlier, Klitschko wouldn't have lasted too long.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:13 PM   #117
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His handling of Kirk Johnson the way he did, and so fast, was a very impressive performance......given that Kirk had never been taken out before, much less, taken out that quickly................and his only loss at that point was a disqualifiication to Ruiz.

The battering of Danny Wiliams was also a highlight, as were many of Vitali's earlier quick knockout wins.

The guy is one tough dude, who has skills that are underrated, as is his power. After so many said he was a mere arm puncher who could no longer knock anyone out, Vitali reaffirmed his knockout power against Sosnowski.
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:17 PM   #118
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Lewis is his defining moment, everyone knew he could knock over most contenders but in that fight he showed he had big balls
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Old 06-05-2010, 11:23 PM   #119
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I'd say it's being stopped by an out of shape shot Lennox Lewis.
That is what he will be remembered for.
Total Bollocks from a skeptical hater of the K-brothers.........

V.K.'s defining moment / moments will prolly be his 2004 TKO over Corrie Sanders that pleased the crowd in Los Angeles to the max..... HBO also loved the fight as well.......

Also, V.K.'s comeback stoppage of Sammy Peter in Germany will not be forgotten soon by any fan of the K-brothers........

PLUS! V.K. boxed the ears off Cris Arreola in Los Angeles for a very high HBO rating in 2009..... In fact, I believe that event was HBO's highest score of 2009........

Like him or not, but when the K-brothers fight, the world of boxing tunes in........ 'Nuff said......

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His handling of Kirk Johnson the way he did, and so fast, was a very impressive performance......given that Kirk had never been taken out before, much less, taken out that quickly................and his only loss at that point was a disqualifiication to Ruiz.

The battering of Danny Wiliams was also a highlight, as were many of Vitali's earlier quick knockout wins.

The guy is one tough dude, who has skills that are underrated, as is his power. After so many said he was a mere arm puncher who could no longer knock anyone out, Vitali reaffirmed his knockout power against Sosnowski.
KO Power? Sosnowski basically fell over, man. Vitali Klitschko has no KO power anymore.
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