Sylvie van der Vaart, Hayden Panettiere and Natalie Klitschko, wife of Vitali Klitschko, in Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
In a result that surprises absolutely no one on earth, Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KO) dominated and easily dispatched of Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KO) in a blatant mismatch today in Germany. Klitschko retains his WBC belt.
It was no test for Klitschko, as everyone on earth expected. Sosnowski, who was gifted a short run as European heavyweight titlist, never had a chance from the minute this garbage fight was signed, a disappointing fight from Vitali after he showed great guts taking on legitimate contenders last year. Even fighting Kevin Johnson was better than this. Vitali did his best to sell Sosnowski as an opponent, but nobody was buying it. This was time wasted. If you know a single solitary thing about the heavyweight division, you know Sosnowski could not win this fight without Vitali Klitschko passing out in the middle of the ring.
The undercard featured Detroit's Johnathon Banks, who is featuring regularly on Klitschko brother cards, drawing with veteran journeyman Jason Gavern. Banks (24-1-1, 17 KO) won one card 115-111, and drew 113-113 on the other two. Gavern (19-7-4, 8 KO) now has two straight surprising results, as he upset Manuel Quezada in April.
Willie Casey (8-0, 5 KO) won the super bantamweight edition of Prizefighter at York Hall. Casey, 28, was the late substitute for Wayne McCullough, who pulled out earlier this week. Goes to show you never can tell.
Librado Andrade stopped Eric Lucas in a damn good fight last night on Friday Night Fights. To be honest, I don't see it as much of a win for Andrade (29-3, 22 KO), as Lucas (39-8-3, 15 KO) is a light hitter who turned 39 today and had fought just once since 2006, and that bout came in December. There was never any doubt, I don't think, that Andrade would pretty much hammer his way past Lucas, but the veteran was all fire and spirit out there, and gave it perhaps his last best shot.
Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KO) stopped Rob Calloway (70-12-2, 57 KO) in the first round last night in Norfolk. It's probably time for Calloway, 40, to really go ahead and hang them up. He's not a heavyweight, and was giving up 54 pounds in this fight to Briggs, who's washed up. Briggs should retire, too, but he won't. He'll keep talking about money fights and taking bouts like this one instead. On the same card, Daniel Judah was stopped in five by a 34-year-old named Adam Seal (8-1, 7 KO). Judah is shot.
Gary Sykes (16-0, 4 KO) retained his British super featherweight title in Huddersfield with a wide decision over Kevin O'Hara.
Souleymane M'baye picked up the interim WBA welterweight belt over Antonin Decarie in France. The full belt, which Shane Mosley was recently stripped of, is held by Vyacheslav Senchenko. Brick noted it when the Mosley stripping became official, but it really is bizarre, sad and deplorable that in the most talked-about and top-heavy division in boxing, two of the four alphabet straps are held by Jan Zaveck and Vyacheslav Senchenko, a pair of fighters who are fringe top ten at best.
I'll be out until Monday, so everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.