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It was announced this week that WBA Super, IBF, WBO and The Ring Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko is to fight former WBC and WBA Cruiserweight Champion Jean Marc Mormeck in December. At the same time, challenges have been issued back and forth between WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko and David Haye, the former WBC, WBA and WBO Cruiserweight Champion turned heavyweight.

All this follows Vitali Klitschko’s one sided win over Tomasz Adamek, a capable fighter but one who has moved up from - you guessed it - cruiserweight and whose smaller physique put him out of contention in their recent fight.

In July, Wladimir Klitschko used his jab to keep David Haye at bay in one of the most hyped up matches of the year, leaving most pay per view fans disappointed. If the Mormeck and Haye bouts go ahead, the Klitschkos’ last four opponents will have been former cruiserweights. The question I would like to ask is: Do the Klitschkos secretly dream of being cruiserweights?

The Klitschkos Can Only Beat Who They See in Front of Them
The Klitschkos are on top of the heavyweight division largely due to their boxing skill; you cannot deny them that. But their physique also has a part to play here. With Wladimir standing at 6'6" and Vitali slightly taller at 6'7 ½ ", they have a height advantage over most of the division. In terms of weight, even when they slim down they still come in heavier than their opponents. Take Vitali Klitschko in his recent bout with Tomasz Adamek.

Vitali weighed in for this fight at 243 lbs, the lightest the Ukrainian has been for 13 years. Yet, he still looked absolutely ripped and he carried into the fight 27 more pounds than his challenger. It showed. Adamek was unable to get past Vitali's height and bulk, and even after all the pre-fight build up the former cruiserweight looked miss-matched. After the fight, Wladimir Klitschko admitted as much. He said:

“He’s a very good boxer,” Klitschko said. “He was a cruiserweight champion, he was a light heavyweight champion, but he’s not good enough to be a heavyweight champion because it’s a whole other league.”
Wladimir is one to talk though. In his July fight with David Haye, the thirty-five year old took a gigantic 32 lbs advantage into the ring. It stood him well, because he was able to throw much more power into his shots and Haye, 30, was unable to rock him. Again, despite the exaggerated fight build-up rhetoric, the two just were not on the same level.

A Heavyweight Boxing Crisis?
Some say that the Klitschkos can only fight who is in front of them, and it is not their fault that the heavyweight division is practically devoid of challenge. They do have a point here, and Vitali himself agreed with this. After his brother’s fight with David Haye, Vitali Klitschko said:
"One of the boxing experts said right now that there is the biggest crisis [in boxing]. The name of that crisis is Klitschko brothers. We have a lot of power. We have a couple more years dominating at heavyweight."
The problem here though is that the Klitschkos aren't facing the people in front of them. They aren't fighting Alexander Povetkin, Robert Helenius and Denis Boytsov. Sure, they have already fought Chris Arreola and Eddie Chambers, but even those two already-defeated boxers would be a better match. The Klitschkos are ignoring the true heavyweights, and instead picking the smaller-physiqued men who pop their heads up from the cruiserweight division.

The Klitschkos Have Prior Form in Fighting Cruiserweights
It is not just their recent bouts with Adamek and Haye, nor their proposed future ones with Haye (again) and Mormeck. No, the Klitschkos have prior form in fighting cruiserweights who have moved up to heavyweight.

In 2005, Wladimir Klitschko scored an easy fourth round technical knockout over Eliseo Castillo, a man who had a struggle pumping himself up to 215 lbs, 15 over the heavyweight minimum but still 26 short of Wladimir. Similarly, Vitali had a title fight in 2009 with Juan Carlos Gomez, a fighter who spent his formative years in the cruiserweight division. Yes, he had win cruiserweight titles, and yes he fared better than Castillo, but he was still stopped by Vitali in the ninth round.

Does the Future Look Any Better for the Heavyweight Division?
For the next few years at least things do not look like they will change. As mentioned, Wladimir will defend his heavyweight belts against former cruiserweight Jean Marc Mormeck in a fight sure to underwhelm. A source close to Klitschko justified the decision:
"There just isn't much competition out there for him," the source told ringtv.
I have to agree - there isn't anyone out there right now who looks like he could beat the Klitschkos. Even so, they could at least match the brothers up with a natural heavyweight. Why are Mormeck and Haye chosen over men who naturally carry a heavyweight body? Do they Klitschkos secretly wish they were in the Cruiserweight division?