Saturday, March 11, 2006

Boxing Brief: Chagaev marches forward

By JE Grant

One heavyweight boxing clash that will go into the books with little fanfare in the U.S. is the Ruslan Chagaev – Vladimir Virchis match that took place in Hamburg, Germany March 11th.

Chagaev, 20-0-1 (16 KOs), took a majority 12-round decision from the previously undefeated Virchis, 20-1 (17 KOs). More importantly the 27 year-old Uzbeki native Chagaev took a significant step forward in his development.

Virchis, from Ukraine, brought size, 6’4”, 240-plus pounds, and a recent win against the capable journeyman, England’s Michael Sprott.

It will prove interesting to see if the 230-plus pound Chagaev will continue on the path of fighting increasingly capable boxing luminaries in the heavyweight division (if they exist) in the coming months. His record to date includes a group largely made up of American also-rans --- but a group who fight in the style that he will see on the elite level of the sport.

Most of us in the U.S. did not get a chance to see the bout (yet – the Internet offers at least the possibility of catching a glimpse at some later date). We suspect that soon enough we’ll see HBO or Showtime knocking on his door.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys in the states should be worried that heavyweight dominance is slipping away from your shores.

9:23 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

Who cares where the heavyweight dominance is coming from. We should be glad that there is hope on the horizon for the division. It would be nice to have a home-toen star, but a great fighter period would be much appreciated.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Spot-on Orltroy.I'm just glad that things are looking somewhat bright for 2007 and 2008.My concerns about the lack of young American hvy talent are more related to the following;'The more the merrier',and my geniune concerns with the state of American Boxing and boxing in general.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Big John said...

But can guys like Chagaev and Valuev and so on really fight? That is the million dollar question.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Well 'Big John'...*Chuckle* We better hope they can!(i.e.They are about are only hope(s) for the future hvy's! Peace...

P.S-There are many other than the two you mentioned John.Boytsov,Dimentrinko,Greenberg,Povetkin,Ibragimov,etc.I'm 'cautiously optimistic'...:-)

12:36 AM  
Anonymous RAY GORDON REID said...

just european fighting to get turned around by USA fighters soon

2:35 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

"Ray Gordon Reid"??? (LOL)

11:33 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Cruiser -- I have no idea what he means to say.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

JE-I'm going out on a bit of a limb here,but there MAY be a future promising American hvy in a young kid named Aarron Williams.Aarron is currently 6-0 w/5ko's and a 6'2" 200-pound cruiserweight,but there is virtually no doubt that he will eventually be a hvy.He is originally from Ohio,and now lives in Vegas.He had a HIGHLY decorated amateur career with well over 100 fights.I've never seen him,but have heard many good things about him...(???)

P.S-A possible EXCITING future hvy may be cruiser David Haye from London.But he still has something to prove at 200.lbs.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

BTW-A Chagaev-Ibragimov fight would be very interesting JE.Sultan is very fun to watch!(Have you seen him JE? If not,I can send you the fight he had with Whitaker and some Boytsov clips.)

12:51 AM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

THIS JUST IN: It looks like Calvin 'Doppel' Brock vs. 'Tickle Me' Timor Ibragimov in a matchup of undefeated hvy's late this spring (June I believe) What is the low-down on Timor Orltroy? (If he doesn't know,NOBODY well.At least not in America.) The only thing I know is that he is the brother or cousin of Sultan,is a former Olympian,and seems to have a bit less 'pop' than his namesake relative.Hit us with the 411 and prediction Troy...:-)

3:48 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Interesting. There will be many more East vs. West matchups coming I suspect.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Have you actually seen Chazz Witherspoon or Eddie Chambers JE? (I have not.)As for Malik Scott--good size,good skills,but very average power.And unless you are a superb technician,lightning quick,a slippery 'cutie',or an absolute warrior like Holyfield,that usually doesn't cut it in the hvy division.And Scott is none of the above.I also wonder about his 'mindset' a bit.

10:43 PM  
Blogger orltroy said...

Cruiser, Timor if a replica of Brock, with better defense and footwork. He hasn't fought the same competition as Calvin though, that is a concern of mine. He picks his punches well and has decent power; he has a KO% of just 60%, he mainly overwhelms his opponents. I thought the same about Brock until he laid out Lawrence, granted Zuri isn't the greatest of opponents, but he has been in with some heavyhanded people and went the distance. So in experience standpoint and power I lean towards Brock. However, if Brock's last bout against Lawrence is any indicator, then he will lose to Ibragimov by a large margin. Lawrence kept him close and smothered him effectively. Brock's balance was total shit and his accuracy was that of Ray Charles. Timor is definitely smart enough to employ the same smothering tactics, but unlike Zuri, he is skilled enough to defeat Brock at this strategy. I have a bad feeling that Brock will win this one on points, but I am picking Timor nonetheless to shake up the division a bit. I actually like Timor and his fundamentals a little more than I like his cousin Sultan.

11:42 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Interesting stuff Orltroy.60% ko percentage is actually a bit better than I thought in that regard as well.Should be interesting.Brock better come ready and about 10 or 15.lbs lighter than he did for his last fight.(See,I told you my boy Orltroy would pull through here! lol.)

BTW-Thanks for verifying that they are COUSINS. :-)

12:34 AM  
Blogger orltroy said...

There is actually a chance to catch Timor this Friday night on FNF. He is fighting Kenny Craven, should be a easy win for Timor and a solid keep busy fight to prepare for Brock.

1:34 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Tell me more about this Eddie Chambers dude. I haven't heard of him before.

5:47 AM  
Blogger orltroy said...

Eddie Chambers is another talented fighter from Philly I believe. That's where Malik Scott and Chazz Witherspoon reside. Basicall Philly is the future of American Heavies. Anways, Eddie isn't as skilled as Scott, does have faster hands, but lacks power and patience of Scott. He doesn't have the same footwork either, but he has an intangible that Scott lacks and that intangible is paramount to any fighters existence. Eddie Chambers has heart. He will come back from being hurt and come back from being behind, plus unlike Scott, he possess a killer instinct. He won't let an opponent hang around in a fight becuase he scared he might get countered. Chambers and Scott desperately need to fight one another. Antoher prospect that is actually going to try to step it up a little his next fight is J.D. Chapman. There is a deal on the table for him to fight Damon Reed, former World title challenger Damon Reed. Even though he is old enough to be J.D.'s grandpa, Reed will be a nice test for the young man.

5:56 AM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Malik Scott hasn't shown much power. That could hurt him down the road.

6:36 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Yep JE (Refer to my comments above) I see true contender-potential in Scott,but not true(legit/unified) world champ potential.

1:00 AM  

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