Wladimir Klitschko suffers back injury, pulls out of Chisora fight

By Ken Neir: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO's) has reportedly suffered a back injury and has pulled out of this Saturday's bout against unbeaten British challenger Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO's). According to Gareth A Davies from the, the 34-year-old Klitschko tore a muscle in his back and will need three to six weeks for it to heal. Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, said "He tore a muscle in his back and has had back spasms. I have spoken to Shelley Finkel [Wladimir's adviser] and if we can make a Klitschko fight with David Haye we will do that next and if not Wladimir will revert back to fighting Chisora." This might actually work out well for Wladimir, because it sure seems like a better deal to fight Haye then waste time on beating up Chisora, which figured to be a huge mismatch anyway.

Haye, 30, is reportedly in the United States right now planning on seeing the Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas on Saturday. This would be the perfect chance for Klitschko's management to start working on putting together a fight with him instead.

Article posted on 09.12.2010

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