As I was playing Fight Night Champion on PS3, searching for the excitement that Klitschko vs. Haye lacked, I was a witness to a virtual family feud which I could only dream would happen in reality.
In a game setting known as Champion Mode, users are placed in control of fictional character Andre Bishop. Bishop is a former Olympic gold medalist turned jail inmate after being framed by a crooked promoter.
Several years after being incarcerated, Bishop returns to boxing and eventually raises his status to championship contender only to be challenged by his hot-shot younger brother, Raymond.
See any parallels?
While I'm sure neither of them has served jail time and they both are as exciting outside of the ring as watching paint dry, the potential fight between Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko has forever been the 2,000-pound gorilla in the boxing world that no seems to talk about.
The Klitschkos have been steadfast in their refusal to fight one another, always pointing to a promise they made to their mother reassuring her that they would never fight one another. But with David Haye proving to be little more than a mouth and Vitali set up to fight another cruiserweight, it seems there may be no other place for the Klitschkos to go to than each other.
It's no coincidence that the Klitschko reign has been one of the the lowest points in the history of the heavyweight division. For the past 10 years, both Wladimir and Vitali have been the two most dominant figures in the division, yet we have seen no mega matchup since Lennox Lewis retired in 2003.
In a heavyweight world in direr need of talent, the two greatest talents choosing not to fight one another has been the cause of the death of the division.
Imagine if there was no Lewis vs. Schmeling II or no Thrilla in Manila. That's what we've missed out on this past decade.
So maybe it's time the brothers Klitschko revisited mama and got her to change her mind. I don't know what it's like in the Ukraine, but I know here in America, fighting between brothers is as natural as the air we breath and the water we drink.
The potential fight between the brothers is just too much to pass up. The heavyweight division needs it and the sport of boxing needs it.
If only this world was a video game.
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