Vitali Klitschko ready for retirement

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "My sports career is nearing completion, but sport has always had a place in my heart and it always will have,Ē said our PhD heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko in a recent interview. (

As boxing fans, we have heard similar statements being voiced all the time, and have learned that most of the time they donít carry their meaning for a very long time. Fighters threaten with retirement, and even officially go into one, just to announce their comebacks soon after. But in this case, I have a feeling that Vitali would be a man of his word, and bow out for good.

Of course the question is, how does he leave the sport? In other words, who does Vitali need to beat in order to leave with style? David Haye, despite not being a very formidable opponent for Vitali, would still put on a decent show and give millions of boxing fans certain satisfaction from watching the fight. Unfortunately, that might no longer be an option, as Haye is now scheduled for a showdown against Chisora.

Amongst the top rated heavyweights, I donít see a potentially great fight for Vitali. Neither Povetkin nor Helenius would post too much threat for the Ukrainian, leaving him with a weak exit of out his career. To be perfectly honest, I think that the only person on that list that could possibly create some excitement against Vitali, is a fighter who has been beaten by him before.

Chris Arreola, I think, would put up a good fight and show aggression for as long as he is still standing. It would not only give Arreola a shot at the title as well as redemption, but would also allow Vitali to finish his career with a good battle, possibly being one of the better ones in his career.

Article posted on 14.05.2012

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