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Which of the current heavyweights could beat the Klischkos?
Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko sit at the top of the boxing heavyweight rankings holding nearly all of the world title belts. I say nearly all, because Wladimir was recently upgraded to “Super” WBA champion, giving Aleksandr Povetkin the chance to fight, and beat, Ruslan Chagaev for the regular version of the belt. In reality, though, Povetkin's new belt is meaningless. So we are in the same place we have been for the last few years – wondering who can beat the Klitschkos.

Between them, Vitali and Wladimir have a fought a combined four hundred and ninety four rounds, bringing them ninety eight wins. They are not unconquerable though; they have lost five fights, the last way back in 2004 when Wladimir was beaten by Lamon Brewster. So although they are the undisputed champions of the division, they are not perfect. It's time we took a closer look at who is most likely to beat one of the Ukrainian brothers.

From Least to Most Likely: Who Will Beat the Klitschkos?

#6 and #5: David Haye and Tyson Fury
Here we have two British fighters with unbelievable self-confidence. It is interesting to see boxers who have such obvious charisma, and it is even better when they can back it up in the ring. This is the question we have to ask about Haye and Fury; can they back up their confidence with results?

Unlike anyone else on this list, Haye (25-2  23KOs) has already been tested against Wladimir Klitschko and he came up short. Despite all his arrogant talk before the fight and his rude Borat-voice "Wladimir" impressions at interviews, in the main event David Haye was a disappointment. He posed little threat to the five-belt champion and couldn't even accept he had lost to a better fighter, instead blaming his sub-par performance on his broken toe. Unfortunately, I don't see Haye ever beating either of the Klitschkos.

Moving on to the younger end of the heavyweight scale we have Tyson Fury, a 6ft 9inch giant made up of potential and self-belief. No-one has beaten him in the ring yet, and some good fighters have tried. Men like John McDermott and most recently Dereck Chisora have all been handed defeats by the heavyweight from Manchester. He is easily Britain's brightest heavyweight prospect and he seems completely comfortable with the tag.

The major drawback with Fury (15-0  10KOs) is that despite his fifteen fights, he is still inexperienced. He is yet to fight anyone in the top ten or any fighter approaching world class. Until he does, we cannot gauge his chances against the Klitschkos. Fury has a fight coming up on September 17th but unfortunately all evidence points to this being against a lower level of opposition, someone such as Irish heavyweight Coleman Barrett or Cuban Mike Perez. Because of this, Fury doesn't have much chance against the Klitschkos, yet.

#4: Robert Helenius 
Robert Helenius (16-0  11KOs) is undefeated, relatively young, and has taken on some big opponents. In the last eighteen months he has knocked out skilled heavyweights like Samuel Peter and Lamon Brewster (himself a Wladimir conqueror), and most recently he scored a technical knockout over Siarhei Liakhovich. He definitely has a bright future.

Helenius' main weakness is his tendency to get of to a slow start. He seems to warm up through the first four or five rounds, often trailing on points until it gets to the stage where he is forced to take aggressive action. His recent fight against Liakhovich is a perfect example of this; Helenius was behind the whole fight because his lack of activity. It took a word from his corner to make him take action, and he eventually scored a knockout in the ninth round. He will not find either of the Klitschkos as accommodating as Likakhovich. Against them, he cannot afford to take the first few rounds slowly because they will poke holes in his defence, find the weak points and the fight will be over before he knows it.

Until he fixes this flaw, Helenius is not going to beat either of the brothers.

#3: Tomasz Adamek
The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion has rich experience in beating the best – he has the WBC Light heavyweight and the IBF, IBO and The Ring Cruiserweight belts to his past credits. Of his forty five fights he has won forty four of them, twenty eight coming by knockout.

Since making the step up to heavyweight in 2009 Adamek (44-1  28KOs) has never shied away from a fight. He has beaten experienced and talented boxers such as Kevin McBride, Chris Arreola and Andrew Golata. So far he has never come up short in a heavyweight fight and his progress has been quick and direct, culminating in a fight booked in for September 10th against none other than Vitali Klitschko. He is the underdog for this fight, but he has a better chance than most men would have.

The reason I don't have Adamek higher up on this list is that he won't beat Vitali. It is difficult to shake the feeling that Adamek is not ready to compete at the top of the division just yet, with him not being a "true" heavyweight. Witness his fight against Chris Arreola in April 2010. Adamek won, but it wasn't comprehensive. He really struggled at times and Arreola, not the best heavyweight by a long shot, gave him a lot of difficulty. The problem here is that if Adamek loses to Vitali, I can see him and his career sliding down the rankings.

#2: Aleksandr Povetkin
Ranked #3 by The Ring, Aleksandr Povetkin (21-0  15KOs) is seen as the obvious challenger to the Klitschkos, behind Tomasz Adamek. He has just beaten Ruslan Chagaev in what was basically a battle of the challengers, with both men occupying third, forth or fifth in most people's heavy weight lists. Povetkin won the bout by unanimous decision, and he was very impressive. Chagaev put up a good fight and he had his moments, but Povetkin performed well early on, leaving Chagaev's only hope of a win a knockout which ultimately he couldn't get.

With Vitali fighting Adamek soon, only Wladimir is available. Povetkin is the most obvious name to suggest, but I would urge caution. Povetkin needs one more fight before he is truly ready. I would love to see him fight Robert Helenius, both because it would be one of the most exciting fights of the last few years and it would make either man the undeniable contender to Wladimir's belts.

The reason I have Povetkin above Adamek is he is going to be handled more carefully. Despite all the speculation and talk that will inevitably arise from his win over Chagaev, I do not think Povetkin's next fight will be against a Klitschko. He will still face a world class fighter though, and another win there would set him up perfectly to fight Vitali or Wladimir.

#1: Retirement 
Number one on my list, and by far the most likely outcome, is that advancing years (undefeated since boxing began) will claim the Klitschko's belts before any man does.

Vitali Klitschko is forty years old now and Wladimir is thirty five. They have both spent a lifetime getting punched in the face and understandably they may want a break. Vitali already has plenty of extracurricular activities, with his leadership of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform one of his passions. Most recently, a political crisis in Ukraine called him away from his training camp ahead of his fight with Adamek (read about it here) and it is likely that politics will  soon steal Vitali away permanently.

Wladimir does not has the same political aspirations as his brother, but he does enjoy charity work, as witnessed by his humanitarian award for work with “Sport for Good”, a charity that aims to utilise passion for sport to bring people together and do good deeds. In the ring, he has always been a desperate to unify the heavyweight titles. He achieved this with his victory over David Haye in July 2011, so now boxing may not hold much challenge for him.

The Heavyweight Division After the Klitschkos

The Klitschkos will make one or two more successful title defences each, then retire as champions. Once they leave the division, great things will happen. New Fighters will emerge as champions, freed from the notion that the Klitschko brothers are an unmovable obstacle sitting at the top of the division., We will see contenders fight each other more, rather than aiming a shot at the boys at the top. In short, we will see a more exciting and competitive heavyweight division.

Do you think any of these men could win a title fight against Vitali or Wladimir? Or are there other contenders you would throw in against the Klitschkos?