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Klitschko on BoxNation; Bellew a Big Favorite Over Miranda

 By Glynn Evans

One of the most dominant reigns in the rich history of the world heavyweight championship might be entering its final scene at the Olimpiyskiy, Moscow on Saturday evening when future Hall of Famer Vitali Klitschko defends his WBC crown against Lebanon’s Manuel Charr. (And BoxNation subscribers can catch the action live and exclusive on Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch. 546)

Now 41, the 6ft 7in Kyrgyzstan born, Ukraine raised legend has hinted at an imminent career in politics and, one senses, only a financial blockbuster with protagonist David Haye, could persuade him to prolong his departure from the sport.

They say that there are few ‘certainties’ in heavyweight boxing but this is about as close as you get. Expect a triumphant parade rather than a competitive punch-up as the 14-1 on champion grants us one more chance to savour the qualities that have rendered him unbeatable for the past nine years.

‘Dr Ironfist’ hasn’t always have been the most adventurous holder of the ‘Greatest Prize in Sports’, but he is unquestionably one of the very best. In a career spanning 16 years and 46 fights, he has conceded just twice, both times due to injury whilst leading on the cards.

In April 2000, he surrendered his WBO title to Chris Byrd, retiring on his stool after nine rounds due to a shoulder injury. Three years after, he was pulled out by the doctor after six sporting an horrific gash, having given WBC czar Lennox Lewis an almighty fright at the Staples Center, Los Angeles. 

Perhaps a less gifted technician than brother Wladimir who holds the WBO, WBA and IBF belts, Vitali is the hardier, meaner, more vicious sibling. The iron fists that have caused all but four of his 44 victims to cave in ahead of schedule are supplemented by an iron jaw. He is yet to be dropped.

A former two-time undefeated European champion and once a WBO title holder (making two successful defences of both belts), Klitschko the Elder has now prevailed in 11 consecutive WBC championships – interrupted by an enforced injury retirement between 2004-8. Eight challengers have been clubbed into early submission while the rest collectively managed to take barely a handful of rounds from him.

And while several cited signs of recession as the Ukrainian bashed some manners into Dereck Chisora in his most recent outing last February, Klitschko was clearly compromised by the shoulder injury he sustained in round three. He remains a brute of a man, one of the hardest ever to lace the gloves.

It is unlikely that his legacy will be damaged by young upstart Charr who is rated seventh by the WBC.  Fourteen years Klitschko’s junior, the Beirut born challenger moved to Katernberg, Germany, aged six, after losing his father in the Lebanese Civil War. His induction to combat sports came through Thai boxing and he won European and World honours prior to transferring to conventional pugilism in May 2005. Schooled by a former Soviet national coach at a warehouse in Cologne, ‘Diamond Boy’ presently has no promotional deal. Save for an early career gig in Austria, his career has been conducted exclusively in Germany.

Thus far, he has peeled off 21 successive wins without bagging any established titles or meritable scalps. Solid trialhorse types Adnan Serin and Sherman Williams extended him six and ten rounds respectively. One-time WBA title challenger Owen Beck lasted into round ten and last year Charr struggled to subdue a decidedly shop worn Danny Williams, prior to being granted a premature stoppage in round seven. Hardly the form to strike the fear of God into Komrade Klitschko!

A tank like 6ft 3in tall, and weighing around 245lb (17st 7lbs), the challenger arrives with a reputation for being tough and rugged with 11 stoppage wins. He shall be forced to make huge concessions with regard to height, reach, experience, technique and power.  Odds of 20-1 for a spot of giantkilling appear somewhat miserly!

Old ‘Ironfist’ has been a great, great champion so let’s sit back and marvel at him for possibly the final time, as he utilises that ramrod jab to systematically hammer the ambition out of an outgunned, physically inferior foe, before dropping the guillotine in the middle third of the fight.

BELLEW ODDS-ON FAVOURITE AHEAD OF MIRANDA CLASH

PUNTERS on Betfair are backing Tony Bellew to make short work of Edison Miranda when the pair meet at Alexandra Palace on Saturday. Coming off the back of an impressive win against Danny McIntosh in April, the 29-year-old is the big odds-on favourite at 1-4 to win the headline fight at the Betfair sponsored London Calling bill.

Colombia’s Miranda is a dangerous opponent who packs a hefty punch, but odds of 4-1 on the betting exchange suggest that the 31-year-old has it all to do if he’s to get one over on his Scouse rival.

Having knocked out his last opponent, Bellew is available at 20-21 to KO Miranda and can be backed at 11-5 to triumph by way of judges’ decision. Miranda is a 9-2 shot to win the bout by knockout, while he’s a 16-1 longshot for victory courtesy of the judges.

Betfair’s Alex Bake said: “There’s no doubt that this will be a tough fight for Bellew but he’s full of confidence. The guy has what it takes to compete at the highest level and our customers are backing him to come out on top this weekend.”

Tony Bellew v Edison Miranda – Betfair bet: 1-4 Bellew, 4-1 Miranda, 41-1 the draw

Method of victory – Betfair bet: 20-21 Bellew KO, 11-5 Bellew decision, 9-2 Miranda KO, 16-1 Miranda decision

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Box Up! on 09-07-2012

Boxing on UK television is STACKED this weekend, and next weekend.....and most weekends. Very fortunate to live in England, we really are spoilt.

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