Universum confirms that Virchis v Gomez is off

Universum Box-Promotion informed the WBC today that neither Vladimir Virchis nor Juan Carlos Gomez have signed for their heavyweight title eliminator on March 8th in Krefeld, Germany. Universum had won a WBC purse bid on January 14 to stage the fight, which was according to WBC rule 2.16 was to take place within 90 days. The March 8th date is 55 days after the purse bid..

The Juan Carlos Gomez camp, Arena Box-Promotion, had stated that he couldn't be ready by that date. Universum contends that Gomez knew he would be in a WBC eliminator last October and knew about the early January purse bid in November.

Vladimir Virchis, meanwhile, said he was looking forward to the fight at a press conference last week. However, through his advisor Oleg Hug, who is also in charge as a matchmaker for Arena Box-promotion, Virchis announced that he also believes the preparation time is not sufficient and that he wants a larger purse.

Virchis' trainer Konny Mittermeier was surpised by the development. "Until last Friday here in Hamburg we had a lot of fun, great motivation and always trained exactly toward our planned goal. What's "riding" him now is absolutely incomprehensible to me."

A final decision as to the status of the eliminator will be made by the WBC.

In any case, the March 8th Universum Champions Night in Krefeld will take place, featuring a WBC cruiserweight eliminator between Rudolf Kraj and Matt Godfrey, plus female world championships with Ina Menzer and Alesia Graf.

Article posted on 05.02.2008

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