Michael Rosenthal

Weekend Review

BIGGEST WINNER

Wladimir Klitschko: The best heavyweight in the world rolled over another overmatched opponent on Saturday in Germany, this time against hapless former titleholder Hasim Rahman. The giant Ukrainian could continue to make millions of dollars without a serious challenge indefinitely because of the state of the heavyweight division.

BIGGEST LOSER

Wladimir Klitschko: Does he want to go indefinitely without a serious challenge? He’s a fine heavyweight, better than he’s ever been, but he needs credible opponents to prove it. It would be a shame for him if he were to finish out his career without the chance to build a lasting legacy.

MOST EXCITING DEAL

Vitali Klitschko vs. David Haye: Haye told the BBC that he has agreed to terms with the elder Klitschko brother for a fight in June in London. This is about as compelling as it gets in the heavyweight division. Klitschko is the only heavyweight on the level of his brother. Haye was the best cruiserweight in the world before moving up to heavyweight, where he brings a lot of talent but a questionable chin.

BIGGEST LOSER II

Joe Calzaghe: The undefeated light heavyweight said boxing is dying, which is his legitimate opinion. However, he did little to help it thrive. He hid in Europe most of his career, avoiding some of the best American challengers, before finally fighting two over-the-hill legends in Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. and then crowing about it as if it were some great accomplishment.

LEAST PRODUCTIVE

James Toney: Toney, 40, still has dreams of becoming heavyweight champion but did himself no favors in his split-decision victory over Fres Oquendo on Saturday. Toney managed to win, which is the main objective, but simply didn’t look like a contender against a guy he should’ve beaten more convincingly.

MOST OVERLOOKED

Riddick Bowe: The former undisputed heavyweight champ of the world, now 41, easily outpointed German journeyman Gene Pukall in an eight-round bout on the Klitschko-Rahman undercard and no one noticed because it wasn’t televised in the United States. It was his first fight since 2005. Bowe still has lost only once, to Evander Holyfield in 1993.

MOST-DISTURBING NEWS

Augie Sanchez’s possible comeback: Sanchez, the former featherweight contender who hasn’t fought since his brutal knockout loss to John Michael Johnson in 2001, has applied for a license in Nevada. He has twice left a ring on a stretcher, once against Naseem Hamed and against Johnson. That’s a sign that it’s time to move on.

BEST QUOTE

“Shut up,” Bernard Hopkins, to Joe Calzaghe after the undefeated Welsh light heavyweight said boxing was dying.

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