Perhaps he's trying to rival James "My Lights Are Out" Toney in the delusional sweepstakes, but former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, now 63, claims he could train for six months and come back to destroy the current world champion Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali.
Aside from being another example of the lack of respect the K-Bros get from the American boxing fraternity, it's ironic that one of America's least-liked and least-respected (at least when he was fighting) heavyweight champions would pick on the Klitschko brothers, who have so much trouble with certain elements of the American media.
You'd think that Holmes might empathize with the K-Bros plight, but apparently not. And the Klitchkos have the excuse of being from the former "Evil Empire," fighting against negative stereotypes of "Russian" (the brothers are actually Ukrainian) fighters from movies like Rocky IV.
Holmes had to deal with NOT being Muhammad Ali, and with the fact that, like the Klitschkos, he lacked great competition and often had to be content with beating up past-it fighters like Ali was when they tangled and journeyman types like Randall "Tex" Cobb. He just couldn't make America love him like it did Ali.
But frankly, African-American heavyweights in general have not shown the Klitschkos a great deal of respect during their reign, viewing them as interlopers in a field that was almost exclusively black dominated since Rocky Marciano hanged up his gloves.
Some even pretend the Klitschkos don't exist: Kevin Johnson, an African-American heavyweight who already lost big to Vitali Klitschko, even recently said the "heavyweight champion is ALWAYS an American" right before getting easily beaten by Anglo-Irishman Tyson Fury. So it's no big surprise to see Holmes showing such disdain for the brothers.
"Today, those guys don't know how to fight," Holmes opines in Boxing News Online.
"You give me a good six months and I'll beat the Klitschko brothers. They're strong but they're not going to hit me with the stupid shit they do. They hit all these guys with all this stupid shit but they're not going to be able to hit me with it because I'm not going to be there to let them hit me with it. Even at my age, I would give those guys the fight of their life."