Vitali Klitschko. On Saturday night in Munich, Vitali Klitschko defended his WBC heavyweight title for the tenth time against Britain’s Dereck Chisora via a unanimous decision. Much is made of the current state of the heavyweight division but Vitali Klitschko has been impressive throughout his career. The 6ft7 Ukrainian has never been behind in a fight and his only defeats where due to retirements against Chris Byrd, when he tore his rotator cuff and against Lennox Lewis, due to a cut above his eye. In both of these fights Klitschko was ahead on points when the bouts were stopped. Aside from these two blemishes, his record stands at 44 victories, 40 by the way of knockout. Against Chisora, Klitschko dominated as usual, using his huge frame to his advantage landing his jab throughout and remaining difficult to hit. Chisora performed better than many expected but he only managed to win two rounds as he struggled to get close and land damaging punches. The fight will be remembered for the behaviour of Dereck Chisora and David Haye afterwards but Vitali and his younger brother Wladimir are finally gaining the respect they deserve from the boxing establishment as they dominate the heavyweight division and carry themselves with integrity and class.
Tavoris Cloud v Gabriel Campillo. On Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas, IBF light heavyweight title holder Tavoris Cloud and Gabriel Campillo traded punches for an enthralling 12 rounds. The undefeated Cloud began the fight at a fast pace and knocked down Campillo twice in the first round. However, the Spaniard recovered well and began to use his jab and lateral movement to great effect from the second round. For the majority of the middle rounds Campillo had great success landing accurate combination punches, body shots and snapping upper cuts. In the late rounds, Cloud managed to improve but when the final bell rang it appeared he would be losing his title. However, the judges’ score cards read 116-110, 114-112 and 111-115, giving Cloud a split decision victory. The fight was incredibly close and Campillo had done enough to win according to many watching at ringside. A rematch should be arranged in a new, neutral venue because the scoring of the fight was so poor, especially the 116-110 score for Cloud, which was unbelievably inaccurate. If the fight is made expect another enthralling battle, with Campillo no longer the massive underdog after scaring Cloud for most of the 12 rounds.
Thomas Dulorme. The undefeated 22-year-old Puerto Rican knocked out another opponent on Friday night in Santa Ynez, California. Dulorme, a welterweight contender, sent late replacement Aris Ambriz to the canvas twice in the first round to bring the scheduled 10-round bout to a premature end. After landing crisp and varied punches from the beginning of the round, Dulorme landed to a huge left hook that wobbled Ambriz, before landing another thudding hook which slammed the American against the canvas. Ambriz staggered to his feet but Dulorme looked like a natural finisher as he swarmed his opponent and dropped him again with an over-hand right. After the second knock down the referee ended the contest. The victory improved Dulorme’s perfect record to 14 wins, 11 by the way of knockout.
Dereck Chisora and David Haye brawl. Much has been made of the of Dereck Chisora’s behaviour before and after his fight with Vitali Klitschko as well as David Haye’s actions in the post fight news conference. The two Brits have successfully brought boxing into mainstream conversation again and there are some who believe the entire debacle was an elaborate PR scheme. However, in order to prevent either of these boxers profiting from this act, consumers can boycott their future fights. If you do not agree with their actions, do not support them by watching them compete. David Haye has claimed he is retired and is no longer ranked in the world and therefore should not be able to talk his way into another world title fight. Whilst Chisora has lost three of his last four fights and needs to go back and re-establish himself in the heavyweight division. The British Boxing Board of Control has stated that both fighters may be banned but if that does not happen do not support either of them unless they go back and prove themselves in the ring.
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