Land of the Giants
The gigantic Russian Nikolay Valuev didn’t exactly cover himself in glory when he took on David Haye in November 2009. He slowly shifted his body around the ring with the speed of a reversing tug boat while Haye scampered around him like something out of Gulliver’s Travels. He has no movement, no hand speed and not even as much power as you would expect from a man of that colossal size, yet due to the fact the heavyweight division is void of any real talent he’s straight back in line for a world title shot. It really is a sad indictment of things when a heavyweight world title match has been reduced to a freak show. You think of all the great fighters over history at that level, the Muhammad Ali’s, Mike Tyson’s, Sonny Liston’s and so on, now a guy is fighting for the top prize just because he is huge. One thing this fight is going to be lacking is a bit of zip, but at least it’s going to be a real slugfest. Klitschko still has that great left jab and he is relentless in his pursuit as his demolition of Kevin Johnson in December proved. There’s no pride in fighting fighters like Johnson and you have to applaud Klitschko for at least not taking on some complete unknown again. Valuev’s main form of defence is the fact that many a hand has been broken on his massive head and that about sums him up as a boxer.