It is not Wladimir Klitschko's fault that men in America have turned their back on the heavyweight division, but it will be his fault if he avoids Alexander Povetkin, David Haye or Odlandier Solis for another year.
On Saturday, Klitschko delighted 51,000 fans in Dusseldorf with a surprisingly one-sided victory against Eddie Chambers, which ended in dramatic fashion when a left hook knocked out Chambers for 60 seconds with just five seconds remaining on the clock in the 12th and last round.
It is telling that Klitschko has easily stopped his last seven American challengers in world title fights and right now there is just the trio of Povetkin, Solis and Haye left for him to fight. Klitschko lacked urgency and a bit of nastiness during his routine but flawless performance, however, he is a clever fighter and avoids any risk.
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