Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KO’s) can be effective when he wants. He’s a bit inconsistent. But with saying that, the former European heavyweight champion is A LOT better than advertised – he’s got GOOD stamina, he’s strong, he has a decent chin, he can go the distance, he has definite knockout power, but he is more of a ‘wear ’em down’ type-fighter. Most experts point to his loss to Zuri Lawrence as a measuring stick, but honestly, that fight could possibly be an abberation – he lost by points over eight rounds. What would’ve happened if that fight had gone 12?
Sosnowski’s victories over Manuel Puchetta – KO 2, Danny Williams – TKO 8, Paulo Vidoz W12, and the draw with Francesco Pianetta plainly shows he’s capable at a semi-elite, second tier level, so all the cries of ‘mismatch’ may be overrated.
Albert Sosnowski looks READY in my opinion. He’s got a puncher’s chance, and he’s durable.
All that said, in the Zuri Lawrence fight, the Polish heavyweight showed that a sound boxer can give him trouble, so if Vitali Klitschko beats him easily – what else would be expected, figuring Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KO’s) beats EVERYONE relatively easy. I don’t expect an early KO.
I honestly expect Albert Sosnowski to give a spirited effort here. Look for him to be as aggressive as possible, hang in there tough while walking through fire, but Vitali should wear him down and halt things in about eight to ten rounds.
Boxing columnist/historian Philip H. Anselmo just returned to the United States after performing in front of over 60,000 with his band “Down” at a concert in Bucharest, Romania.