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You're missing the fact that he has big power. You could see that with the shots that he managed to land. Almost all heavyweights have the ability to knock each other out, and that is certainly the case with a guy as huge as McCline.
I agree, but I think he showed that he had power in that fight. Wlad landed some big shots that wobbled Sam in their fight, but he couldn't put him down.
Like you, I'm not sure that Vitali will ever make it into the ring injury free. But it could certainly go down like you say. The problem with your prediction is that Vitali has been off a LOOOONG time, Peter is extremely strong, and Vitali injures easily. There is no way I would confidently pick Vitali to do anything. I think he is a total question mark because of the layoff and physical issues. I do severely doubt that he will just jump in there with a guy like Sam and look like his old self.
I see what your saying, and it's very true that almost any HW can knock out any other HW, simply because of their size. Just for his size, McCline has never fought like he's big and never really sat on his punches. He did that more w/ Peter then he ever had before, but it gassed him...hence why he had never fought that way before and why he lost the fight.
You're absolutely right about Vitali. My thought with him, is that his style is exactly what it is and it's not going to change. Sure he can get rusty, but his style is almost so basic that I don't know if ring-rust will affect him the way it would a James Toney, who stands right their absorbing and slipping shots, or Roy Jones, who relies entirely on his speed and reflexes to avoid getting hit.
Vitali relies entirely on his size and strength. His size isn't going to change, and his strength probably isn't either. He may gas out a few rounds earlier, or he may get caught with a shot or two that he wouldn't have otherwise, but if his chin stays intact, I think he would get Peter out kind of quick. If McCline almost did it in rounds 2 or 3, I think Vitali could do the same.
Wlad wobbled him but couldn't put him down because Emmanuel Steward has trained him to fight defensively...and with good reason...as soon as his chin feels a slight breeze, he starts tripping over his own feet to get away and ends up on the canvas.
He shook Peter good, but didn't follow up because he didn't want to gas out like he did against Brewster, and didn't want to get caught by a big shot like he did against Sanders.
I would pick Wlad by UD/late TKO and Vitali by early-mid KO.