Originally Posted by Derranged
Its a shame Sanders gets absolutely no credit for this fight, everyone just dumps on Wladimir for it. First of all, being the better younger fighter does not guarantee you a win. While Wlad doesn't have a good chin, I don't think its as bad as everyone says. Also, Sanders hit awfully hard and had good hand speed. Only thing is, he was only really dangerous for the first two or three rounds because of his poor conditioning.
The fight was more or less a knockout for grabs. Once Wlad felt his power and saw that Sanders was going for a fast KO, he did the same, and got caught. He threw an overhand right that missed, and his whole body got thrown into Sander's left hand that he never saw. So, two things: a huge punch that he never saw and that he threw his whole body into. That would have knocked out a lot of fighters. If Wlad had just calmed down and boxed/held on, he would have won. Or, if he landed that overhand right and Sanders missed with the left, Sanders would be the one sleeping.
yep. Wlad straight panicked after getting hit flush with that first left. That was the beginning of the end for him because he didn't know how to adjust...i actually put that on Manny Steward because Wlad should have been at least attempting to pop a lead right once in a while to keep Sanders honest and off balance. But he kept going right back to the left jab, backing straight up. He just couldn't get out of the way.