Vitali Klitschko to have back surgery: Fight pushed back until September

18.04.05 - According to the latest news sources, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will be undergoing back surgery on Wednesday, April 20th, to further postpone his previously delayed mandatory defense against heavyweight challenger Hasim Rahman. Klitschko was originally scheduled to fight Rahman on April 30th.. However, that fight was pushed back until July 23 when Klitschko suffered an upper thigh injury while jogging during training. Klitschko adviser, Shelly Finkel stated “The fight probably won't happen until September, but we won't know for sure until he comes out" of surgery, said Klitschko's adviser, Shelly Finkel. "There's some sort of bone spur pressing on a nerve in his back, which is why he's had a problem with his left leg."

In the meantime, the WBC could call for an interim championship bout between Hasim Rahman (40-5-1, 33 KOs) and number # 3 WBC ranked challenger, Monte Barrett (31-3, 17 KO’s). Klitschko would then meet the winner of this bout when he is fully recovers from his injury.

Article posted on 18.04.2005

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