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Tyson Fury faces Kevin Johnson tonight; wants one of the Klitschkos next

By Michael Collins: Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s) has already counted tonight’s fight against American Kevin Johnson (28-2-1, 13 KO’s) as a victory in the win column and he’s looking past Johnson towards a much wanted fight against either Vitali Klitschko or his brother Wladimir Klitschko. It remains to be seen whether Fury can get past Johnson, but if he does he’ll likely get one of the Klitschkos in the ring because they’re interested in fighting him. Continue reading

Haye thinks Vitali will want to fight him next year

By Michael Collins: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye gave an interview on Wednesday where said that an agreement has already been made with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2013. Whether Haye is on the level with this is still unknown because we’re only hearing Haye say it and not Vitali.

Haye said to Sky Sports News “”The fight has already been agreed, the contract’s done – the money, the split, everything. We don’t need a new contract…In my opinion next year he will want to fight again at some stage and he will want a big fight. I’m the biggest fight out there and he knows that, he’s not stupid.”

Vitali is running for office in Ukraine and he could retire from boxing if elected. As for a fight against Haye, Vitali hasn’t been acting all that interested in fighting him despite having said in the past that he wanted to knock Haye out and improve upon the performance his younger brother IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko made a year ago when he easily beat Haye by a 12 round unanimous decision in a one-sided fight. Continue reading

Klitschko Brothers launch Google+ fan page

World Heavyweight Champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have started their own Google+ profile. Latest news, videos and insider information of the lives of the champions will be regularly posted.

WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO and “The Ring Magazine” Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against undefeated Polish Mariusz Wach in Hamburg, Germany on November 10. The fight week press conference on November 5 will be shown live in a Hangout On Air starting at 1 p.m. CET on the Klitschko’s Google+ page (google.com/+Klitschko). Continue reading

News: Former Valuev’s trainer: “Klitschko has already beaten 50 Povetkins”

By BoxingBet.pl – Reputable trainer Manvel Gabirelyan who is known for his work with the former two-time WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, wasn’t impressed by Alexander Povetkin’s last win over American veteran Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KO). The Armenia-born coach also believes that it’s definitely too early for Povetkin to face the WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion, Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO).

– Povetkin’s opponent was just a punching bag for one round. There was no Rahman in the ring, there were only his first name and last name. Povetkin’s punch is still the same – sharp and immediate, but Alexander has not been tested yet and one should to find all broken parts in this machine. I’m convinced that his Kostya Tszyu will do it. I had watched Atlas’ work before the Chagaev fight, and recently I was watching Tszyu’s work before the Rahman fight. However, it’s still not early enough to face Wladimir. Klitschko has already beaten 50 such Povetkins – Gabirelyan said. Continue reading

The Best Match-Ups That Can Be Made Today: From Heavyweight To Bantamweight!

By James Slater: Wanna see a good fight? We’ve seen some great, dramatic fights this year (think Martinez-Chavez, Maidana-Karass, Brook-Jones, Garcia-Khan to name but a few) and 2012 has more promising action still in store. But next year, 2013, could be even better – in fact a whole lot better.

How? By making these fights become a reality.

This is the way I see it, anyway: from heavyweight on down, the best match-ups that can be made next year…….. Continue reading

Vitali Klitschko: Corrie Sanders was my toughest fight

By Michael Collins: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has a great deal of respect for former WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders (42-4, 31 KO’s), who was murdered in South Africa this past weekend by three unknown thugs that robbed the restaurant where Sanders was celebrating a party.

Vitali said to the German news site Bild Plus “Corrie Sanders was my most difficult opponent I ever fought. Corrie was fast, could give and take a punch. His style was dangerous and did not suit me. I was very pleased to be able to win this fight.”

Vitali stopped Sanders by an 8th round TKO to avenge his brother Wladimir Klitschko’s 2nd round knockout loss to Sanders a year earlier in 2003. Wladimir never fought Sanders again after the loss and it’s perhaps wise that he didn’t. Sanders seemed to really have Wladimir’s number and it might have been a bad idea for Wladimir to fight him again. Sanders almost knocked Vitali down at one point after connecting with a big left hand when Vitali tried to slug with him. Continue reading

Klitschko-Charr – WBC News

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS

September 11, 2012 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From September 9, translated from Spanish:

HOOK TO THE LIVER

By José Sulaimán

I took the plane trip to Russia to be present for the defense of our great world champion Vitali Klitschko, who fought against Manuel Charr – the first Syrian-Lebanese heavyweight title challenger in history.

Vitali came to visit me in my room, to thank me for having taken such a long journey to attend his fight. He also thanked me for all that the WBC has done for him, especially when he had to retire as champion due to injuries, and then received support and open doors from us to return and continue a magnificent career that has already touched the gates of glory.

This made me think about things in life. A champion of Vitali’s greatness has the humility, decency, and heart to express his appreciation, touching, of course, my innermost feelings, often wounded by the ingratitude and misunderstanding of others. They’ve been given every opportunity to become what they are, but then respond with lies and falsehoods. Continue reading

Larry Merchant throws best jab of the night

by Paul Strauss: (Vitali stops Charr in 4th on bad cut), DeMarco vs Molina – Junior sits it out, Ward vs Dawson – Andre makes another one look easy

To start off the night’s festivities, HBO showed a replay of forty-one year old Vitali Klitschko’s 4th round TKO destruction of Manuel Charr at the Olimpiyskia in Moscow, Russia. After the fight, announcer Jim Lampley asked Larry about the possibility of David Haye remaining a thorn in the side of the Klitschko brothers. Larry reminded Jim about Haye’s “Loser’s Limp” display done after his fight with Wladimir when he removed his shoe to show everyone his injured little toe. The implication was that was the reason for his loss. In Larry’s deliberate manner, he said Haye should have removed his shorts, which would have revealed the the real reason for his loss. It was obvious Larry meant we wouldn’t be seeing any Fruit of the Looms.

Well, Dr. Iron Fist had his boxer shorts on while showing a total disregard for anything Charr might try to do. Vitali kept both hands low, inviting Charr to try something. Charr’s strategy seemed to be to tire out Vitali by letting him tee off on him? Well, let that be a lesson to fledging boxers. If you simply hold up what you hope is a tight guard, but don’t punch back, your opponent is going to find a way to penetrate your defense, as did Vitali. Soon he was getting through with a variety of shots, and by the third round a cut had developed over Charr’s right eyelid. In the fourth, Referee Guido Callverli stopped the action long enough for the ringside physician to take a look. After twice wiping away a considerable amount of blood, the doctor said no go, and the fight was stopped. Larry and Max Kellerman thought it might have been a little premature. They alluded to Moscow’s lack of experience with world title fights. Lampley pointed out the physician seemed to have a German sounding name and not a Russian one, for all that’s worth. Continue reading