Friday, January 30, 2009

Wladimir & Vitali Share Plans For Their Future

On Wednesday January 28th, 2009, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko held a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine and discussed their future plans. Vitali confirmed that he will face the WBC #1 mandatory Juan Carlos Gomez on March 21st, and Wladimir said that he will most likely face David Haye June 20th in London at the Stamford Bridge stadium in Chelsea, but if negotiations break down he may still face Chris Arreola from the United States on May 16th in Los Angeles, CA.

Vitali Klitschko Quotes

*In regards to facing Gomez:

“For me it is very important and also bears an unusual component. The matter is that the daughter of my trainer Fritz Sdunek was married to Juan Carlos Gomez, and now his promoter is in a relationship with his daughter. But for me it’s not a problem, as we are professionals. I know Gomez well. We boxed together at Universum. But I am sure of a victory and I will do everything to knock him out. Then I wish to fight against WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev so that we have the four championship titles. We’ll make it!"

Wladimir Klitschko Quotes

*In regards to David Haye:

“He has a very big mouth, but I will make him say less, then he won’t claim that he’s better than me. Many who get into the ring with me say that they’ll knock me out, but the end result is they lose.”

*In regards to facing Chris Arreola:

“The contract on the fight with David Haye is not signed yet. If the fight with Haye breaks down, the next opponent will be Chris Arreola."


AAPRP Recommends Postponent For Morrison Fight

The (AAPRP) American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians wants the fight contest between Tommy Morrison and Corey Williams scheduled for this Saturday January the 31st at the Albany Fair Grounds, Laramie, Wyoming, to be postponed. A statement from the AAPRP says:

“As referenced in multiple reports over the past twelve years, Mr. Morrison has not been able to document negative HIV status thereby not meeting the minimum medical requirements to insure the safety and protection of himself, his opponent or ring officials. As such, the AAPRP is concerned about the potential of transmission of infectious diseases should bleeding occur. Currently, the State of Wyoming does not have a boxing commission. Thus, we recommend that this fight be canceled until such time as an appropriate supervisory commission is appointed to oversee the medical aspects of this contest and blood test are performed by an AAPRP approved physician to document the health status of each competitor. Should this contest take place without proper regulatory oversight and experienced medical personnel, we believe there is a possibility that the health and safety of the competitors and ring officials may be compromised; an unnecessary risk which should not be permitted.”


Vitali Klitschko Talks Brother Fighting Haye

This is a quick interview from Setanta Sports with WBC heavyweight champion "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko in which he discusses his brother Wladimir being the brother who will face David "Hayemaker" Haye this year.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Chagaev Talks About Future

WBA “Champion in Recess" Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) had a few words about his future in the heavyweight division ahead of his Febrary 7th bout against Carl Davis Drummond(26-0, 20 KOs).

“[After defeating Drumond], I will show who the real champ is by beating Valuev for the second time. Then I want to unify all of the belts. I want to fight the Klitschkos. I respect them for what they’ve reached in the heavyweight division, but I know them very well and I can beat them. 2009 will be my year.”

"It’s been one year since my last fight (win by 12-round decision against 21-1 Matt Skelton), so I am very motivated for this fight. From now on I want to have fight after fight; I can’t wait for the next tasks. First, I will beat Drumond. He is a strong man and I must be careful. But he wants to knock me out? That’s a joke, isn’t it? Nobody can knock me out. Sorry, Carl. This fight will be a big surprise for you.”


Tyson Speaks On Rumors

There have been a lot of rumors lately regarding former heavyweight champion "Iron" Mike Tyson with one being a potential fight with Evander Holyfield for a 3rd time. This is an official statement from Tyson about such matters:

“The rumors about me fighting Evander Holyfield are just that, rumors. Last week the rumors had me making a marriage proposal to a girl from England and this week they have me fighting Evander in October. The facts are I am promoting my documentary, TYSON, which comes out April 24th on the big screen, working on a book and looking forward to the release of the new EA Sports Fight Night 4 video game. ”


W, Klitschko Interested In Facing Dimitrenko

Wladimir Klitschko is still under negotiation at the moment to fight former cruiserweigt king turned heavyweight David Haye on June 20th, but he still has his options open to face Chris Arreola or WBO #1 Alexander "Sasha" Dimitrenko later this year.

Wladimir said, “I’m ready to fight with Alexander Dimitrenko. And for me it’s not important that he too is Ukrainian. For me, the nationality and color of the skin is not important. I’m ready to fight with anyone they select to challenge for my title.”

When Dimitrenko heard this he said, “I’m ready to fight with Wladimir. It’s my biggest dream to become world champion and I’m very happy to challenge Wladimir Klitschko in the ring!”

2 Weeks Till W. Klitschko vs. Haye Is Confirmed

Adam Booth recently told Setanta Sports that in 2 weeks the projected fight for June 20th 2009 between current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion and former cruiserweight champion and heavyweight challenger will be confirmed. This was also confirmed by Wladimir Klitschko who said, "We are still conducting negotiations but the fight is expected to be held on June 20." Wladimir also had this to say about Haye's predictions of knocking him out:

"Haye can say whatever he wants. I have the experience of knocking out guys who promised to turn my birthday into a funeral. His behavior is inappropriate...I will give my reply in the ring. He's in for a rough ride."

Here's the video with Adam Booth where he talks about this potential fight between Wlad and David:

Adam Booth Interview


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Vitali Klitschko vs. Gomez Is Official

On March 31st, 2009, current WBC heavyweight champion "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko will face his WBC mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez in a 12 round title fight the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. This will be Vitali's 1st defense since defeating Samuel Peter after a 4 year layoff.

Gomez Quotes

“I’m sorry for Vitali. That he has to lose his title after such a short reign. But I worked long and hard to get this shot and I will win the world championship.”

Klitschko Quotes

“The victory over Sam Peter and the WBC belt still feel amazing. “I won’t let anybody take it away from me. Gomez is a very experienced, quick and dangerous opponent. I won’t underestimate him. But the belt will stay in the Klitschko family.”

Friday, January 16, 2009

Morrison To Face Williams

Continuing his slow return to the ring, former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs) will have a fight with Corey Williams (7-9-2, 4 KOs) at the Albany Fair Grounds in Laramie, Wyoming on January 31st.

Morrison won the WBO heavyweight champion ship by outpointing George Foreman in 1993. His last 2 comeback fights were against John Castle(February 22, 2007) and Matt Weishaar(February 9th, 2008), which both were both TKO victories.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chagaev To Face Drumond

In his 1st fight back since his achilles tendon tear, WBA world heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on unbeaten Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs) at the Stadthalle Rostock on February 7th.

Chagaev Quotes

“The last sparring I had done was in May last year. Afterwards I had a long rehabilitation period which was quite tiring. But now I’m looking forward to the next weeks. I don’t feel anything from my injury and I’m very happy to be back. I can hardly wait to be back in Rostock.”

Valuev vs. Holyfield Under Review

According to the WBA Executive Vice-President Gilberto Mendoza Jr, the WBA will review the fight between Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield, and Nicolai Valuev due to a challenge made by Holyfield that he had won the fight. Many fans believe that he deserved the win as well. This is what Mendoza Jr. had to say:

“We are going to review all that happened to see if irregularities in the fight did happen. All our fights are important and we give a lot of attention to each one and this will not be the exception independently on the claims on the part of Holyfield. It is the duty of the WBA to review thoroughly the video of this fight and any situation out of the ring. We have to seek a good answer for the fans, the world press and above all to take care of the integrity of the results."

In the coming weeks the results of this review will be announced.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nightmare Wants Fight With Other Nightmare

Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter has recently expresses his desire to face the other "Nightmare" Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola. Peter feels that Arreola is using his name to build his career, and wishes to fight him with the winner getting rid of the nickname "Nightmare". Here's what Peter had to say:

“To Chris Arreola, I want to say that there is only one true Nightmare in the heavyweight division and that’s me, Samuel Peter “The Nigerian Nightmare!”

“He says he’s the top contender, but he hasn’t done anything to prove that. He has to fight a top contender before he can claim he’s the best. I’ll show him and the fans how determined I am to win back my belt. And at the same time, I’ll prove who the real Nightmare is in boxing.”


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Is W. Klitschko vs. Haye Close To Being Signed?

According to recent reports from David Haye's manager Adam Booth, the fight between his fighter and Wladimir Klitschko is very close to being a done deal. Here's a live video interview from Setanta sports where Adam talks about this potential fight.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Klitschko Brothers - Their Year- 2008

2008 was a very successful year for the Klitschko brothers Wladimi & Vitali. The year started out in February 23rd with Wladimir capturing the IBF strap to add to his IBO and WBO belts against former IBF heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov. Wladimir won via a 12 round unanimous decision at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York.

Then, on July 12th he successfully defended his belts by defeated WBO #1 mandatory contender Tony "The Tiger" Thompson, who previously had beaten Luan Krasniqi, via 11th round spectacular KO.

On October 11th, Wladimir's brother Vitali made an amazing comeback by fighting current WBC heavyweight champ Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. He easily handled Peter with his jab and ring generalship until Peter quit on his stool after the 8th round.

With Vitali's win, Wladimir & Vitali Klitschko became the 1st brothers in history to hold simultaneous belts at heavyweight. This itself was the most amazing accomplishment for the year, not just because of the record books, but because this had been such a long awaited dream for the 2 brothers. They came very close to getting their wish back in April 2004, but 4 and a half years later got it anyway.

Finally, on December 13th, as a late replacement to the injured #1 IBF mandatory Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko defended his belts against former 2 time heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. The fight was a no contest from the start with Wladimir easily handling Rahman with his jab, and Rahman finding no answer or plan to get inside. Wladimir had him out by 44 second mark in round 7 for a TKO win.

With these wins Wladimir Klitschko record now stands --> won 52 (KO 46) + lost 3 (KO 3) + drawn 0 = 55 while his brother Vitali stands --> won 36 (KO 35) + lost 2 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 38.

Congratulations to the Klitschko's on an amazing year in boxing, and we all look forward to another one in 2009. Future potential fights for Vitali include the WBC #1 mandatory Juan Carlos Gomez, and the very vocal former cruiserweight champion turned heavyweight David "Hayemaker" Haye, while Wladimir has potential battles with top ranked undefeated American heavyweight Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola, and IBF #1 mandatory Alexander Povetkin.

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