Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Klitschko Dream Is Near

It has been the dream of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko for quite sometime to be reigning heavyweight champions together. They almost had the opportunity back in April 2004. However, as it occurred Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko lost his fight for the vacant WBO heavyweight title to "Relentless" Lamon Brewster on April 4th, 2004 via an unusual 5th round TKO. Just a couple weeks later on April 24th, 2004 his brother Vitali fought Corrie Sanders, who defeated his brother Wladimir, for the vacant WBC heavyweight belt relinquished by Lennox Lewis and won. So, had Wladimir won his fight with Lamon back in April, both brothers would have held heavyweight belts together, assuming of course that Wladimir's win wouldn't have effected Vitali's performance against Sanders which I doubt it would have.

So, flash forward to 2008. Wladimir now holds the WBO, IBO, and IBF(acquired by defeating Sultan Ibragimov in February 2008) belts. Vitali Klitschko is scheduled to face current WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter on October 11th 2008, and his brother is scheduled sometime in December to defend his belts against IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. But, since the fight with Povetkin occurs after Vitali has his fight, that means if Vitali were to win they would both be reigning champions at heavyweight even if its just for a short while.

So, good luck to Vitali Klitschko on his comeback fight with Samuel Peter in October. Not only would he make a great comeback by defeating Peter, but both brothers will finally make their dream come true.

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