Column on Klitschko

Klitschko-Brewster: Foul play or Fantastic fight?
Written By: Boxing Insider - 04.14.2004 02:42 AM

By Scoop Malinowski

The controversial endings of Johnson vs. Willard, Ali vs. Liston I & II, Dempsey vs. Willard still arouse suspicion and curiosity even today. Now Brewster vs. Klitschko may have to be added to that list of classic but bizarre fights.

There are several facts connected to Brewster-Klitschko that just appear strange to say the least.

First question is about the late gambling money that came in on Brewster, lowering his odds from 8-1 down to 4-1. Now what exactly was there about Brewster, who was inactive and unimpressive lately, to encourage this bettor or bettors to lay such serious money on him? What information or inside information was the basis for such a confident wager?

And why was Klitschko's estranged promoter Peter Kohl sitting next to Don King at ringside?

And how on earth did Klitschko tire so abnormally fast, especially when he hasn't had a stamina problem in five years?

And what about these claims that Klitschko's blood/sugar levels were unusually high? Are they legit or just a smokescreen set up by a team trying to save face? Did Klitschko have some kind of pre-existing condition?

Last night I received an out-of-the-blue phone call from a very credible international boxing figure who also has serious suspicions about what happened Saturday night in this WBO Heavyweight title fight. "Boxing is a sport in Europe. But here it is a business, a multi-million dollar business. Where gambling can sometimes have an influence on the outcome. Boxing is mostly run by mafia and gangsters. It is very possible something could have been done to Klitschko which set off the huge drop in betting odds. Don't forget, the Klitschkos haven't sold their souls to the devils who control boxing. They just started their own promotional company."

In other words, as favorable and beneficial as many predicted the Klitschkos would be for boxing, there are also many powers that absolutely do not want the Klitschkos to rule the heavyweight division. For an example of such boxing trickeration, who can forget the stunning revelation that one heavyweight champ of the 1980's stated on the record - in a published book - about how he was assured by one certain famous fight figure that if he just simply went the distance, he would keep his title regardless of if he won the fight. In other words, the judges were under control.

So it would not be impossible to accept that some counter force could have actually somehow conspired to destroy Klitschko Saturday night.

But by the same token, maybe, just maybe Klitschko actually did exhaust himself of his energy through nerves, stress and tension. Maybe his confidence to take a good punch was taken by Corrie Sanders, never to be returned. Maybe Klitschko boxes now so much more anxious and unrelaxed and this is why he tired.

Or there's another obscure theory which seems to fit. Gil Clancy once spoke on the air during a CBS fight in the 1980's about how this certain fighter - who I can't recall - was in the absolute best shape of his career. But still, despite it, somehow he got tired early in the fight. Not because he was actually tired from a grueling fight - because he truly was in phenomenal condition - but because his mind gave up on winning the fight. And so this fighter created the illusion he was tired so he had the handy excuse as to why he lost: I got tired, that's why I lost, not because he was superior. But it was all a lie to himself. He lost because he mentally gave up for whatever reason. You have to wonder, did Klitschko feel Brewster's power in the 4th or 5th round and suddenly panic, triggering the sudden exhaustion so as to make that look like the reason he lost? Maybe his subconscious did this without him actually realizing it. Sorry, no definitive answers at this point, only lots of confusion and mystery. This fight is one of the hardest to figure out in a long time. We may never know what the heck happened exactly between Klitschko and Brewster. Scoop Malinowski is a contributor. Check out his site - Adam "If he dies... he dies" from Conn


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