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.
Watch at 2:33 but also the replay at 3:31: 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.
Sanders was mad talented, had a questionable work ethic, and was looked upon as a gimmick.
40/1 outsider and beat Wlad viciously.
As far as I'm concerned he will be remembered as a better heavyweight than Haye (thus far). For the fact he rocked shocked and stopped Wlad while Haye danced around like a fairy.
Sanders was awkward you could see Wlad was very unsure how to handle his style. mad quick for someone who loooked like a golfer.