Monday, January 19, 2015

Vitali Klitschko, Thief and Involuntary Near-Flasher: GIF Spotlight

In December of 2009, Vitali Klitschko was set to defend his major heavyweight title against undefeated Kevin Johnson. Johnson, a well-used sparring partner of this era, was coming in on the back of a knockout of undefeated former Olympian Devin Vargas. Vitali had been on an eleven fight streak, going 10-1, mostly for a major world title, stretching back and through a retirement to 2001, without going the distance once when he fought Johnson. Johnson broke the streak by going the distance while fighting so defensively that he likely broke the record for least power punches thrown over 12 in heavyweight title fight history.

This funny exchange during their weigh-in, with Vitali acting like a tormenting big brother, stealing Johnson's sunglasses and Johnson threatening to pull his pants down was overseen by younger brother Wladimir Klitschko, who probably recognised something similar to what he grew up doing. This clip was played on n-TV as you can see from the GIF and Johnson got more action in it than he did during the actual fight.

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