Saturday, May 28, 2005

Krasniqi blows out Whitaker -- Much ado about very little

By JE Grant

Germany-based Kosovar Luan Krasniqi knocked out favored Lance Whitaker in 6 rounds in Germany tonight.

Much will be made about Krasiniqi's accomplishment and he will be promoted as being the next coming of Max Schmeling.

He improves to 28-1-1, but more importantly as the winner of this bout he is guaranteed a shot at WBO champion Lamon Brewster. Whitaker falls to 29-3-1.

European backers should take a deep breath before deciding Krasniqi is the real thing. Whitaker is the first fighter Krasniqi has beaten that is anywhere near a legitimately top 15 contender. There's simply no way that Whitaker deserved to be the number 1 contender for the WBO or any other so-called world sanctioning body.

This win should be a springboard for Krasniqi to continue fighting able-bodied contenders.

He will claim a desire to fight Brewster and perhaps he really wants that bout. However, Brewster has his eye on the really big money and right now that means a bout with Vitali Klitschko. We'll just have to wait and see if a Brewster-Krasniqi title match really happens.

In any case, it is a good win for Krasniqi. We just have to keep perspective on the overall quality of this win.

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