No disrespect to Las Vegas but there really isn’t anything like a big fight at Madison Square Garden. Throw two heavyweight title holders in the mix and things get really interesting. So, while I have no doubt that Wladimir Klitschko will defeat Sultan Ibragimov tomorrow night at the Mecca, I’m still all jazzed up about the bout (that might have something to do with the fact that New York City subways have been plastered with posters for this fight – that always does the trick for me). For the record, the IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight crowns will be on the line.
However, this time around our discussion was not limited to the Heavyweight title scene. Oh no, we also spoke about:
* What the future holds for Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor
* Would John Duddy have a shot at defeating Pavlik?
* What does Ibragimov have to do to knock off Klitschko
* In their prime, who’s the better fighter: Vitali or Wladi?
* The Heavyweight scene
Oh yeah, I also had to ask Large about Money May’s involvement at Wrestlemania. Always interesting to hear a boxing writer’s point-of-view on a wrestling angle.
Large – 02/21/08
Be sure to check out Large’s coverage of the fight at the Sporting News website.