Last week, boxing’s heavyweight division received another black eye when Englishman Dereck Chisora faced Vitali Klitschko. Not even a classless display of spitting in slapping by Chisora in the pre fight activities could coax Klitschko from his robotic, methodical style. The fight ended in a unanimous decision. Next weekend, on March the 3rd, Wladimir Klitschko puts his title belts on the line against Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck. Unless things go awry, Klitschko will likely win a boring decision that will be the carbon copy of his brother’s win over Chisora. If anything, Wlad is even more cautious than his brother, as his style is predicated on protecting what may be a glass jaw. In this fight however, we are unlikely to find out something about Klitschko that we didn’t already know.
Last week too, heavyweight boxing news was dominated by a brawl between David Haye and Dereck Chisora at the post fight press conferences in Germany. Both men talked smack and it got physical. Chisora, perhaps pumped up about having a decent showing against Klitschko, was still talking smack in the post fight conferences and he wound up attacking Haye.
Haye was there lobbying for a bout with the Klitschko’s, and in typical big mouth fashion, was there to talk his way into it. After his abysmal performance last time out against Wladimir Klitschko, he should be forced to win at least two fights before he is in the title picture again.
Instead, Klitschko’s savvy management can use the controversy to squeeze two more paydays for the brothers against Mediocre competition.
Then there is Mormeck. The Klitschko’s have been feeding off a steady diet of blown up Cruiserweights, and Mormeck joins that long tradition. He lost his Cruiserweight title to David Haye, and he is certainly less highly regarded than Tomas Adamek or Haye as far as Cruiserweights. he has three lackluster losses as a heavyweight, but he looks in no way ready to take Klitschko out.
It is time to think out of the box, and take a page out of the UFC’s playbook. I say that the Heavyweight division in boxing should be put on a sabbatical, like the UFC did with their lightweight division. The Klitschko’s should be retired, and the entire division should be forced to the smaller circuit until some real talent develops. What we have no has passed beyond being bad to being embarrassing for the sport as a whole.