WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO: WHO TAKES OVER AFTER WLAD LEAVES?

July 18th, 2013 By Zak Attack

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko

WLAD HAS NO THREAT EXCEPT AGE!

Los Angeles, CA- Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) will retire in the next few years without putting any more blemishes on his professional record. He may have his naysayers, but there is no doubt Wlad is head and shoulders above any other heavyweight in the world. As the younger Klitschko begins wrapping up an extended reign, the division he leaves behind will be much more competitive to say the least.

KLITSCHKO’S OWN 21ST CENTURY

I do not believe there is a fighter out there currently who will be able to do what the Klitschko brothers have done for the better part of this millennium. There are decent contenders out there, but I see the lineal championship being passed around for a while before somebody has the skills and resume to take over.

POSSIBLE HEIRS TO THE THRONE

Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) will take a beating against Wladimir this coming October, but it may in time make him a better fighter. Povetkin is not yet proven at the elite level, but he has the skill to compete with second-tier heavyweights, which is all that will be left of the heavyweight division when Wlad hangs them up.

DEONTAY WILDER NOT GETTING MY VOTE

Speaking of second-tier heavyweights, Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) fits the bill. Wilder’s favorite snack happens to be third and fourth-tier fighters, so the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist often looks top-tier.  I’d like to see him and Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs). As for the UK’s Fury and Wilder, they are very rough around the edges, with Tyson taking on the much tougher competition, while America’s Wilder perhaps possesses more natural talent.

FURY TO MEET “HAYEMAKER” FOR UK PRIDE & BIG BUCKS!

Fury is taking on easily the best he’s ever fought in David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) on September 28th. If light-hitting, former cruiserweight (200 lb.) champ Steve Cunningham (25-6, 12 KO) was able to drop Fury, Haye’s bombs will absolutely flatten Fury.  Haye himself is just a few steps below the Klitschkos, and would likely be able to hang on to the belt longer than most. Alas, the Hayemaker will probably retire soon also, as he has hinted several times in the past.

OTHER GUY WORTHY OF A MENTION?

Upstart Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO) is another fighter who may have what it takes to ascend to the top of a Klitschko-less heavyweight division. He put on an impressive performance against Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KO), but Stiverne has struggled with lesser foes in the past. He brings it more now as he seems to have realized his potential.

NO LARRY HOLMES TO REPLACE WLAD

As it stands, unlike Muhammad Ali with Larry Holmes, there is no clear successor to the Klitschko brothers. For boxing fans, this may be the best news possible. We are in for some very competitive fights for years to come.

Zak Young

COMMENTS

  1. Kubrat Pulev.

    Dmitry on July 18th, 2013 at 11:16 AM
  2. I hope after the brothers retire..perhaps at the end of the year. The Heavyweights will have a tournament like the Super Middleweights did. Would be nice to see.

    Mark on July 18th, 2013 at 4:34 PM
  3. Heres my list of the next generation of heavyweights.

    1. Kubrat pulev I think he has the composer and talent to beat any other prospect
    2. Tyson fury he has faced the better competition and seams willing to back up his boasts. A little raw and chinny though.
    3. Bryant Jennings good wins, gym rat and undefeated.
    4. Malik Scott great skills but inactivity and low power are biggest drawbacks.
    5. Denis boystov lots of fights and kos but not stepping up still young enough to become a top guy
    6. Deontay wilder great record great right hand more carefully matched than butterbean wich makes me wonder why?

    Bender on July 18th, 2013 at 4:38 PM
  4. Probably not Povetkin or Stiverne. Talented fighters but Povetkin has to face Wlad and Stiverne might be fighting Vitali later in the year, the brothers might ruin both. Plus both are over 30 and Wlad has a few years to go yet. Wilder just hasn’t been tested yet so we don’t know much about him.

    Bender makes some nice suggestions. A lot of good young talent out there at heavyweight.

    Markus on July 19th, 2013 at 12:28 AM
  5. All 4 belts will pinball around the top 15 “An thats not saying much for those top 15″ for about 4-5 years. The slow decline continues

    Mac on July 19th, 2013 at 11:43 AM
  6. Tyson Fury at least got up from being knocked down… albeit against a much smaller man (and, I guess Wilder got up, too…)… and if the Klitchko’s hang on for even just a couple years more, and Fury is still relevant (and, even if he loses a few, if he can rebound he has the showmanship to make people want to watch), his nephew Hughie Fury may live up to his potential and we could get another “brother” situation…

    bozo on July 19th, 2013 at 4:46 PM
  7. Given the current quality of the division, I’m going with Inanimate Carbon Rod.

    Keith on July 20th, 2013 at 11:37 AM
  8. Pulev.

    do the math, the following guys gave up a possible eliminator to Wlad’s IBF belt rather than face Pulev:

    Adamek
    Fury
    Chagaev
    Jennings

    3 out of those 4 are top 10-15 heavyweights.

    Ivo on July 22nd, 2013 at 1:43 PM

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