Boxing: slap

Here is the Chisora slap on Vitali

February, 17, 2012
2/17/12
4:36
PM ET
Fight fans at times wish Vitali Klitschko and l'il brother Wladimir would let their pulses race, let the bile boil, show some spunk, instead of staying in focused mode for the entirety of their bouts. The Klitschkos focus is perhaps their greatest trait as boxers. They stay on message the whole three minutes of every round they fight, and never let their minds wander, or fall prey to letting their emotions--and I am assuming they have emotions here!--dictate their actions and tactics in a bout. So..it didn't surprise me that Vitali didn't go ballistic when Dereck Chisora slapped him during the pose-off after the heavyweights weighed in in Munich this afternoon, ahead of their Saturday clash, which will be shown on the premium cabler EPIX (4:30 ET start, first bell at 5:05 ET). You will see in this video provided by EPIX that Klitschko absorbed the blow, which came after the two stood forehead to forehead for four seconds, looked like he might pounce and return fire, but then held off, and looked almost bemused. Here it is in slo-mo. One suspects he will look to make Chisora pay for the slap during the bout, a wise move considering a counterattack might have sparked a melee, and perhaps an injury which would've put the fight in jeopardy.

The bout will screen on a JumboTron in Times Square, as well.

VKlitschko-Chisora fight to screen in Times Sq.

February, 17, 2012
2/17/12
10:30
AM ET
Times Square is a sanitized shell of what it used to be, but that area could be in for a flashback Saturday, because we could see an outbreak of violence. No, I don't have an advance notice of a wilding session by gangbangers during initiation or anything; rather, EPIX will show the Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora heavyweight title fight, which takes place in Munich, on a JumboTron, on Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets. That showing kicks off at 4:30 PM ET.

Chisora (241.18 pounds) is a 15-2 Brit who could quite possibly be in over his head against the robotically talented Vitali (243.6 pounds), one of the most focused athletes the world has known. His concentration is epic, but we may well see it interrupted, because Chisora infuriated Vitali when he slapped him during the pose-off after the two weighed in Friday in Munich.

Chisora smacked him with his right hand, leaving a mark, and Klitschko (age 40; 43-2 record, with 40 KOs) had to be restrained from going at him then and there.

Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champ, is risk-averse, like his little bro Wladimir, who owns the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. This Chisora affront might change his MO, make him fight like the scrap is something more than an ultra-physical chess match. We can hope...

I haven't yet been in Times Square when EPIX does this, but as a fight fan who wants to grow the sport, I love love love the JumboTron move. EPIX is a Viacom creation, and Viacom owns the 'Tron, so that's how this has come to fruition.

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