Klitschko vs Fury 2 Prediction: Haye insists era is over
Has the Wladimir Klitschko Era Ended?
According to elite-level heavyweight David Haye, it has.
"I think [Fury will win a second fight]," Haye told BoxingScene.
"The Klitschko era is over. Wladimir didn't have the slightest sense of achievement in the first fight. I can even see the second time being even worse for him. But in the heavyweight division, anything is possible - and we just saw that [fact],"
Haye, of course, who lost to Klitschko in 2011, is angling for a shot at Tyson Fury who defeated Wlad in November.
Not only did Wlad fall short against his 6'9" opponent,, the world class courage showcased by legends like Ali, Marciano and Holyfield was nowhere to be found in Wlad's arsenal.
It was the same ol' story but to a greater degree... Hit, hug and hold. Actually, Wlad performed worse than in his knockout defeats to Corrie Sanders and Ross Puritty.
Only in the final round did Klitschko, who had been told by his trainer six rounds earlier he was blowing the match, take a chance and start to unleash some heat on his foe. But Wlad's efforts were too little, too late.
He didn't look old nor was he beaten up. He simply lacked fire and didn't pull the trigger, and appeared overly concerned with getting punched.
Is the Klitschko era over?
... Or will Wlad, at 40, reclaim his titles and reign supreme for one, two or three more years?
On any list of historical statistical comparisons of the best heavyweights in history, Klitschko already ranks right up there with the sport's great legends such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes and Jack Dempsey. Like him or not, he's already heavyweight royalty to some extent.
Wladimir Klitschko Accomplishments...
- Has held the titles of the WBO (twice), IBF, WBA (Super title) and The RING Magazine.
- Held the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles longer than any other fighter in history, and is the second longest-reigning heavyweight champion of all-time.
- Klitschko's reign of nine years, seven months and seven days is second only to the reign of Joe Louis, who was champion for 11 years, eight months and eight days.
- Klitschko successfully defended the WBO and IBF heavyweight titles more than any other fighter
- Defended the WBO title 19 times (five during his first reign and 14 during his second reign) and the IBF title 18 times; Only Joe Louis (25 defenses) and Larry Holmes (20 defenses) have made more.
- Boasts a record of 25-3 (19 KOs) in world title fights.
- 11 year / 22 fight unbeaten streak
- 6 years as the RING Magazine (real and legitimate) heavyweight champion
- 78 percent KO ratio
- Is 12-3 (8 KOs) against former or current world titlists