Vitali Klitschko vs. Oleg Maskaev Almost Set For June 2nd

18.03.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former WBC/WBO heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is reportedly close to an agreement for a June 2nd bout with the WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KO’s) which will be taking place in Moscow, Russia, on the same day that another heavyweight title match between Shannon Briggs, the WBO heavyweight boxing champion, and challenger Sultan Ibragimov, also will take place in Moscow. To make the Klitschko-Maskaev fight possible, however, Samuel Peter, the WBC mandatory challenger, will have to accept a step-aside offer of cash, with the agreement that the winner between Klitschko/Maskaev must fight him next..

It appears that Peter will accept the offer, reported to be in the $2.5 million range.

Beyond this, Vitali Klitschko, now 35-years-old, would have to make it through training without being injured, something he had tremendous difficulties with while training for his last bout with Hasim Rahman, originally set for April 30, 2005. After injuring himself on at least two separate occasions, causing the postpoing of the fight twice, Vitali retired from boxing on November 9, 2005, rather than having his title stripped from him. With Klitschko’s history of injuries, and with still two months of training ahead of him, this fight is far from a certainty even with contracts signed.

Article posted on 18.03.2007

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