Klitschko Leads Charge For Fight Hype Reform

Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko puts on stellar performances in and out of the ring.

Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko puts on stellar performances in and out of the ring.

As a big fan of the fight game I’ve been subjected to many fights hyped by idiotic and planned shoving matches.  Too many times I’ve seen some miscreant shoot his overbearing mouth off or try to use street methods of promoting a fight.  When I heard about boxing’s top moron Floyd Mayweather Jr. rolling up in a tricked out armored truck I was truly disgusted.  Is this what fight hyping has come to?  Then to hear him brag about his new 10,000 or 20,000 square foot home, apparently he can’t make up his mind, when he owes millions to the IRS makes me sick but Floyd knows this will sell his fight to those easily entertained by his high school antics.  Then comes the WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko who reminds me that there are some athletes that remember the fact you can be a gentleman and a fierce competitor at the same time.  We live in a society that would have us believe that in order to be tough you must be a product of the streets and there in is the only way to sell a fight is to display that thug mentality.  That could not be further from the truth.  (Paging Kimbo Slice.  Paging Kimbo Slice) Klitschko faces a top ranking contender in Cristobal Arreola on September 26 and rather than take verbal cheap shots at his opponent, the champ showers him with praise and does not make any predictions that he will win the fight.  He just merely says both he and his opponent have an equal chance of winning the fight thanks to their hard-hitting ways.   As surprising as it is to hear a guy who makes his living by pummeling other men Klitschko also remains an upstanding citizen during the promotion.  Klitschko was recently touched by the bravery displayed by the L.A firefighters in their fight to rid of the recent forest fires that threaten its citizens.  Therefore Klitschko gave the firefighters 100 tickets to his fight against Arreola as token of his appreciation for their noble efforts.   Klitschko’s selfless act is a genuine gesture to those who keep us safe and that is the mark of an outstanding man.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida is always the consummate professional.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida is always the consummate professional.

Did it hype his fight?  Yes, but it certainly didn’t come at the expense of any broken tables, black eyes or torn clothing at a press conference.  Mayweather wouldn’t even buy his father a seat for his fight against Oscar De La Hoya.  Even though Floyd was at odds with the man he still could have done the right thing and purchased him a ticket.  Klitschko, who holds a PH.D in sports science and philosophy, fights in an awkward stance and almost robotic but he always brings the fight to the fans.  Fans love a knock out and Klitschko has scored a KO in 36 of his 37 wins.  There are plenty of reasons to like Vitali Klitschko and even more reason to say he is good for boxing but his recent stand gives me something more to cheer about when it comes to boxing.  He’s not alone as there is a selective few that remains both pleasantly polite in public and pleasingly violent in the ring or cage.  Lyoto Machida, George St. Pierre, Anderson Silva and Mauricio Rua are the MMA stars that come to mind to echo Klitschko’s efforts in maintaining civility in combat sports.   Too often we focus on those who act like fools and shun those who actually do their sport some good.   We have rewarded those who infect our beloved sports with their shameless acts of self-promotion for far too long.  In medieval times men were often cordial to each other before dueling and sometimes those battles led to death therefore is no reason why today’s top athletes cannot do the same for their sport.  It’s a shame to see we’ve regressed in our way of thinking but it’s time for us to appreciate the fine example Klitschko, St. Pierre, Machida, Silva and Rua have set.  Klitschko may fight in an awkward stance but he always puts the right foot forward when representing his sport.  That is a knock out in itself.

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