Vitali Klitschko may have looked at the worst we have ever seen him, with age finally creeping up along his very big body, but that still didn’t change the fact the Dereck Chisora made more impact with his slaps and spits instead of actually bringing us a new word in the Heavyweight division from Inside the ring, leaving all the titles under Klitschko hands.
There’s not much to do but wait for the reign of “terror” to end. And it’s not the Klitschko brothers’ fault. Not enough competition, skilled competition, besides big mouthed Brits who can’t back it up in the ring. Unlike David Haye, who traded blows with Chisora in the post-fight press conference, maybe a preview to what we’ll see when these two former Cruiserweights go at it in the ring. It might not be for any title, but it’ll be a more interesting fight that another predictable title bout in Germany.
There’s not enough talent in a division going through a long and terrible phase. It’s hard to judge Vitali, a master knockout artist when it comes to statistics, and his brother Wladimir, and place them in all time rankings. Their numbers and longevity show that they are among the best heavyweights in history. No heavyweight has the knockout numbers that Vitali (40 in 44 wins) has put up over the years.
Chisora did put a fight, did take it to Vitali by keep going forward, by relatively staying away from that jab that has been the bread and butter of both brothers, using their height and reach advantage over everyone else in the business to keep the away from the inside. To actually do damage once you’re in there? You need better hand speed and counter punching ability than Chisora has, or anyone else in this weight class actually possesses.
Chisora might become a champion again one day. He’s 28, and the K brother won’t be around forever. It’ll be a wide open race once the two retire. The division won’t get better, but it’ll feel a bit more interesting and open. Still, until some American heavyweight with a more than mediocre skill set and the personality of a cucumber rises from the ranks, the division will remain rather obscure and a European (mostly) based competition.
The real answer on how to make it better, in my opinion, is create a Super Heavyweight division. The HW begins at 90.7 (200 pounds) kilograms. It should stop at somewhere below the 100 kilograms, and let the giants fight it out among themselves. Cruiserweight making the shift to heavyweight don’t stand much of a chance against people nearly 2 meters tall, weighing around the 110 kilograms. It might also open a door for Light Heavyweights, a rather stacked division, to make their way up the ladder.