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Old 11-15-2007, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default How will Vitali Klitschko be remembered?

Let's say the injuries continue, and Vitali never makes it back to the ring in 2008, and retires for good. How will Dr. Ironfist be remembered?

Will he be remembered as a boxer having 34 KOs in 35 victories?

A man scared into retirement by Hasim Rahman?

A man who scared Lewis in retirement?

An inury-plagued individual with a boatload of talent?

Just someone majorly overhyped by HBO and The Ring Magazine?

Possibly one of the most dangerous heavyweights in his era?

One of the crappiest heavyweight champions in history?

....what's your take?
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: How will Vitali Klitschko be remembered?

Drop the first word in your question.
"Will" Vitali Klitschko be remembered.

He'll be nothing more than an "also ran" 20 years from now. Even if Wlad continues to be successful and becomes a household name, VitKlit will simply be known as Wlad's older brother. A sidenote to Wlad's legacy, whatever that may be. I'm not bashing or taking sides here, just realistically opining on what the public perception will be, not now but 20 years from now.

BTW H., Nice avatar! I saw VH at MSG 2 nights ago and they were INSANE!
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: How will Vitali Klitschko be remembered?

For me personally, a heavyweight with potential to be a good, probably not great champion, who didn't have the heart or the durability to make it happen.

When your best wins are Larry Donald, a bloated Kirk Johnson, and an ancient Corrie Sanders, you didn't accomplish much.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: How will Vitali Klitschko be remembered?

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For me personally, a heavyweight with potential to be a good, probably not great champion, who didn't have the heart or the durability to make it happen.

When your best wins are Larry Donald, a bloated Kirk Johnson, and an ancient Corrie Sanders, you didn't accomplish much.
Exactly. Alot of potential - but came up short the only time he faced greatness (Lewis).
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:01 PM   #5
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For me personally, a heavyweight with potential to be a good, probably not great champion, who didn't have the heart or the durability to make it happen.

When your best wins are Larry Donald, a bloated Kirk Johnson, and an ancient Corrie Sanders, you didn't accomplish much.
Exactly. Alot of potential - but came up short the only time he faced greatness (Lewis).
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:02 PM   #6
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BTW H., Nice avatar! I saw VH at MSG 2 nights ago and they were INSANE!
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:04 PM   #7
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He will be remembered as a guy who could have done more than he actually did.
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As a pretty good heavyweight with a weak resume.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:10 PM   #9
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One of the crappiest heavyweight champions in history?
Yep.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:12 PM   #10
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As a great fighter that never realized his full potential because he was plagued by injuries!
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:32 PM   #11
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Default Re: How will Vitali Klitschko be remembered?

-A man who quit against Byrd because he was afraid to play defense for 9 minutes with one arm (against light-hitting Byrd).

-A man who picked up a vacant belt and never succcessfully defended it once (unless you want to call the Danny Williams fight an actual worthy defense instead of a joke). Something you often see with journemen who accidentally became champion.

-And a man who gave an aging Lewis his toughest fight but still couldn't beat the aged and out of shape Lewis.


These three points will always be remembered with that name.
Nothing more.....nothing less.
Well...maybe also the fact that he likes to shoot gay pictures with his brother.

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Old 11-15-2007, 01:35 PM   #12
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A man with a record full of KOes. Great KO%.

A guy that dominated the heavyweight division between 2003-2005.

Someone with a weird style that was very effective. And with injuries.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:37 PM   #13
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The guy who frequently punched with his palms and started running and locking his doors everytime he saw someone who looked like Hasim Rahman.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:37 PM   #14
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:43 PM   #15
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A guy that dominated the heavyweight division between 2003-2005.
You really think he dominated the divison between 2003-2005??

He had 4 fights in that time! One of which he lost against Lewis, two against bums like Kirk Johnson and Danny William and one against Corrie Sander.

Is that your definition of dominance?
In three-year timespan a total of 4 fights of which 1 loss and two bum fights?


The reign of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis who both unified multiple belts and made successfull mandatory defences while cleaning out boxing is what i call dominance. Larry Holmes with 20 successfull title defenses is dominance.
What Vitali Klitscko did was just above a journeyman run....but absolutely not what i would call dominance.
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