Wow, I just turned this on – the undercard is an incredible match between Pavlik and Taylor. The main event is Klitschko vs Ibragimov. For all I know it is a replay but I never saw the live version if it is.
If you are up watching TV, turn on HBO. The next bout looks like it will be a good one.
UPDATE: Looks like this is a big deal – Michael Buffer is the ring announcer. Yee hah. His events are the FDR Fireside Chats of our generation. But did FDR ever trill his “R”s like Buffer does, or say “Let’s get ready to rumble” with such authority? I don’t think so.
UPDATE II: Full disclosure – I am a huge Wladimir Klitschko fan simply because I saw some of his early heartbreaking losses. He dominated fights then got caught in the chin. He should have been the dominating heavyweight of this era. I am rooting for redemption.
UPDATE III: First round – not much going on. Klitschko just knocking down the guy’s jab. Interesting.
UPDATE IV: Second round – booooring. But Klitschko looks like a spring ready to get unloosed.
UPDATE V: Klitschko is like a cat playing with a lizard. Is he going to eat him or just keep batting him around?
UPDATE VI: Ok this is just weird. Round five. Klitschko is jabbing like Ibragimov is toxic: Don’t hit too hard or you might get some on you. He’s basically just parrying Ibragimov. Is this a fight or patty cake?
UPDATE VII: Six rounds. Meh. Halfway there. Kiltschko has the talent to cream anyone, it seems, but he is exceptionally careful.
UPDATE VIII: Seven rounds. Kiltschko’s hands are like lightening, but he doles out the shots like he’s being taxed to use them. Why doesn’t he mix it up? I recall thinking the same thing years ago.
UPDATE IX: Round eight. Kiltschko finally let loose, and his right hand was like a blitzkrieg.
UPDATE X: Round nine. I think maybe Kiltschko’s goal is not to break a sweat, and still win convincingly. On that score, he’s winning. He is a Ph.d, which is unusual for a fighter. Ahem. So no reason to think he might on occasion overthink the thing. He is still the cat with the lizard. It looks like he could end this in a second if he wanted to.
UPDATE XI: Round 11. Wladimir Kiltschko is the boxing version of every geek in the world. He overthinks and consequently underperforms. (I am in that group). If he simply went for the jugular he would be unstoppable, but I get the sense he is saving himself for a career after boxing. Do the least amount necessary to win, and do not get hurt in this brutal endeavor.
UPDATE XII: Wladimir Kiltschko won on the jab. Why go for the throat when a slap will do? Save your body. From Kiltschko’s standpoint, I can see it. From a boxing fan’s standpoint, it’s a little disappointing. We don’t necessarily want a clinical win. We want to see a destroyer of souls on the rampage. Oh well. At least he did not get caught on the chin in the end.