Friday, February 26, 2010

Klitschko Gives Valuev Final Offer Of $2.5 Million

As a last minute gesture to show how much he's willing to face the Russian giant Nicolai Valuev, current WBC champ Vitali Klitschko has now said he has offered Valuev $2.5 million for the fight. Previously through negotiations Vitali has offered $1 million then $2 million dollars while Valuev's team countered with wanting $4 million dollars which is an outrageous amount.

$2.5 million dollars is more than Valuev has made in any fights in his career including while champion and now that he is not champion he doesn't seem to think that's enough either. This is after Valuev has stated that Vitali had been running from him throughout his career. I guess $2.5 million isn't enough in Valuev's eyes for a beating! This is what Vitali had to say about the negotiations with Nicolai and his team....

"Valuev knows that I’m interested in a fight with him, - told the Ukrainian to Moskovskiy Komsomolets. – But as I have already stated numerous times Valuev doesn’t decide much. The last word always belongs to Don King and Wilfried Sauerland. As a champion I will dictate my own conditions. And I’ve already made an offer for Valuev. He promised to talk it over with his promoters. I give him a chance to fight for the champion’s belt. Besides, he’s been talking for a while that I avoid him. So now he has his chance and it’s up to him to take it or not."

“I have another voluntary defense and I want to fight against an interesting and exciting opponent. I will surely look into the possible fight with Povetkin. But I want to remind that again all the decisions will be taken by Sasha’s promoter Wilfried Sauerland. If we make an agreement with him – I will fight Povetkin. If we don’t agree – well, he’ll have to wait patiently for his turn."

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Klitschko May Face Povetkin or Solis

Now that the potential matchup between Vitali Klitschko and former WBA heavyweight champion Nicolai Valuev has fell through, the WBC heavyweight champion Vitali is looking into potential matchups with the IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin and the WBC #2 ranked Odlanier Solis.

As far as Alexander Povetkin, he is scheduled to be the current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko's mandatory challenger. However, Vitali thinks that if he were to give Povetkin a voluntary shot this would free up Wladimir from having to face 2 mandatory challenges in a row, and may allow Wladimir to face David Haye and prepare for a faster style.

“I have another voluntary defense and I want to fight against an interesting and exciting opponent. I will surely look into the possible fight with Povetkin. But I want to remind that again all the decisions will be taken by Sasha’s promoter Wilfried Sauerland. If we make an agreement with him – I will fight Povetkin. If we don’t agree – well, he’ll have to wait patiently for his turn."

The other alternative that Vitali is looking at is the WBC #2 ranked unbeaten Cuban contender Odlanier Soils. Solis is an interesting matchup because he defeated the WBA heavyweight champion David Haye back in the 2001 World Championships by 3rd round stoppage. David Haye has pulled out of 2 fights with both Klitschko brothers and both brothers have expressed desire to face Haye. So, this would make a good psychological warfare in Haye's mind if Vitali could defeat pretty convincingly a man who defeated him in the past.

Neither of these fights looks too attractive to me. Solis is the #2 WBC ranked challenger and guess who is ranked #1 and is supposed to have an eliminator with Solis? Ray Austin. Ya, that's the same guy that Vitali's brother Wladimir demolished in 2 rounds only using his left hand. If Vitali beats Solis you could expect a mandatory challenge from Austin which would be a total snooze fest. So hopefully Vitali at least waits unitl Solis beats Austin(which I think he will easily) then fights Solis as a possible 2nd fight this year after fighting someone else.

As far as Povetkin, well it's true that if Vitali beats Povetkin that will free up Wladimir having to face Povetkin, but what might happen, or what will most likely happen is that Vitali will win and HE WILL become the IBF mandatory. This will mean that Wladimir will have to face his own brother as a mandatory. This is something both brothers have expressed they will not due in the past. Have they reconsidered, or was Vitali overlooking that scenario if he beat Povetkin? Not sure, but whoever he fights I hope he fights soon. He is at the end of his career, and I as well as many fans would like to see him go out with a few more solid wins over some solid competition.

I think he should face Denis Boystov. Boystov is ranked in the WBC, and they should be able to make negotiations easily as I believe Boystov is not under the Don King influence and would welcome a chance at the WBC heavyweight title. Boystov is an up and coming, young(21 years old), undefeated( won 27 (KO 22) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 27), heavyweight and I think he would make the best choice. It would be a win win situation for both. If Vitali wins( as I think he will easily), then Boystov has already fought the best in the division but came up short at a very young age and the loss can be chalked off to just being inexperienced. This will give Vitali a solid win over a guy who is surely to be big name later on in the heavyweight division after Vitali retires which will further cement Vitali's legacy and give Vitali another fight while he waits for David Haye.

So, my recommended next fight for Vitali is Boystov. What's yours? Click 'COMMENTS" below and tell me what you think.

Where To Watch Klitschko vs Chambers

This is the post to come back to for up-to-date information on where to watch the WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight championship fight between current champ Wladimir "Steelhammer" KLitschko won 53 (KO 47) + lost 3 (KO 3) + drawn 0 = 56 and mandatory top rated American heavyweight "Fast" Eddie Chambers won 35 (KO 18) + lost 1 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 36.

The bad news is that as of now there appears to be no US networks that will be showing the fight-- so no HBO, Showtime, Versus, nothing. Hopefully, a network might come to their senses and show this, but that doesn't seem like a very good possibility.

As far as a PPV event, the word is that possibility for a PPV of this event went through for reasons not known as of now, but instead the only for sure way to watch this fight will be a live paid web broadcast for $14.95. I guess this is better than nothing and anyone in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico can watch the ppv fight there. You can get your subscription to this high quality stream by clicking the following banner:

Watch Klitschko vs Chambers Online Stream

Wladimir Klitschko and the managing director of KMG Bernd Boente had a few words to say about the event. Here's what they had to say.

Wladimir Klitschko Quotes

"I am excited about the possibilities of web broadcasting. I enjoy working on the computer and I am very interested in new technologies. I like the idea that we are pioneers with this new technology in a very important market. I am sure this technology will be the wave of the future."

Bernd Boente Quotes

"The US market is technologically far developed and mature for this. We are opening up new grounds in boxing and show that we are open to innovation. Other sport or music events already went that way and had great success."

Where To Watch Overseas

They say they will broadcast live in 110 countries and Germany which will show the fight live on RTL. RTL will show the fight starting at 22:05.

Ok now this isn't video footage but ESPN will be having a round by round coverage of the fight here. So, if you can't watch at least you will know whats going on in the fight.

Klitschko vs Chambers Who Will Win?

How does everyone think the fight will play out on March 10th between current WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko won 53 (KO 47) + lost 3 (KO 3) + drawn 0 = 56 and top rated and WBO mandatory American heavyweight "Fast" Eddie Chambers won 35 (KO 18) + lost 1 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 36?

I see this fight being similar to Wlad's 2 fights with Chris Byrd. In my opinion, Byrd was a slicker fighter with even better skills than Chambers. I think this fight will go into the middle rounds at most before a TKO/KO victory for Wladimir. The only unknown variables is how the inactivity and recovery of Wladimir's shoulder will effect him in this fight. But, in my opinion even if he fights to only 75% of his last fight with Chagaev, Wladimir should be able to win if not stop him.

Please vote in the poll below on how you see the fight playing out.

Also, if you are looking for tickets still for Klitschko/Chambers go here.

Klitschko vs Valuev A No Go

After lengthy negotiations, the heavyweight matchup between current WBC heavyweight champion "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko and the 7' + tall and former WBA heavyweight champion "The Beast from the East" Nicolai Valuev will not be happening after all as confirmed by BILD. Vitali Klitschko's team has tried their best to get the Russian giant into the ring, but Valuev's team appears to not want to fight Vitali by wanting too many demands.

As to why I think the fight isn't happening, I believe they know Valuev will lose for sure and they think they can make more money with Valuev on a few more fights and another potentially safer route against another champion in the future who is not a Klitschko(Haye for example, or potentially another champion if Vitali retires).

Here's what Vitali Klitschko's manager Bernd Bonte had to say about this fight failing in negotiations:

"Promoter Don King is crazy. He makes demands for Valuev that are simply not acceptable.."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Harrison Wants Fight With Klitschko's

Looks like you can add Audley Harrison to the latest fighter saying he wants to fight the Klitschko's. Audley is on another "comeback" fight and hopes a win in his next fight will put him on route to a heavyweight championship fight with one of the Klitschko's.

He wants to fight them rather than Haye he says because he feels the public eye views them as champions(stating the obvious are we).

He might want to double check who has which belts though, because as you can see in this video, he points out Wladimir Klitsclhko specifically as the brother to fight and then goes on to say that a fight with Haye then as "WBC" champion would be good. Wladimir Klitschko isnt the WBC champion that's his brother. Anyway, on to the video you can see what he had to say..

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Vitali Klitschko Considering Retirement in 2010!!!

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko recently has spoken while visiting a Kiev hydro-electric plant that he wishes to have his last fight against David Haye before the end of 2010 and wishes to bow out after he defeats Haye. He says he only needs 1 more belt and that would fulfill his heavyweight boxing goals. No word has been given if he plans to hold out for Haye or to face another voluntary or mandatory defense before him.

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is scheduled to face his mandatory John Ruiz on April 3rd of this year and Haye is also reported to be wanting a second fight with the former WBA heavyweight champion Nicolai Valuev(possible mandatory from the contract). So, it's unlikely to me that Vitali could get a fight with him before the end of 2010. Maybe Vitali will wait until early 2011 if needed to get that last fight. Stay tuned for more information and check out what Vitali Klitschko had to say...

"I only have to win one belt. So this year I will hang up my boxing gloves. And I'll stop visiting different cities to beat somebody's face in."

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Klitschko Offers $2 million For Valuev

Team Klitschko has made a final offer to face Nicolai Valuev for $2 million. Originally, Vitali Klitschko and his team offered Valuev $1 million dollars and then team Valuev came back and demanded an outrageous $4 million.

Here's what Vitali Klitschko told

"We continue the negotiations. Valuev has made big mistake by signing the contract with Don King. Valuev wants to get $4 million for this fight, though he has never earned so much even when he was a world champion. I made him the official offer – $2 million and the chance to fight for the world title. If he doesn’t answer by next week, we’ll surely sign an agreement with another opponent."

Team Valuev Wants $4 million To Face Klitschko

Looks like that while in talks to face each other, the former WBA heavyweight champion's team has now asked for $4 million to face the current champion Vitali Klitschko after Klitschko's team offered $1 million. The main reason this is occurring is because of Valuev's co-promoter Don King.

Here's what Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told BILD:

“Impossible even if Valuev had four belts and was undefeated.” He added that if Valuev doesn’t come aboard, there are other alternatives. Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event, Valuev’s other co-promoter, is optimistic that Klitschko-Valuev can be made. “This is an absolute must-fight,” he said. “We’ll find a solution. I think we’ll get this fight sorted out.”

To me this is unreasonable. Valuev never made anywhere near this amount as champion but after a defeat they want $4 million to face Vitali? Sounds like King is just giving a figure to make it look like he's willing to face Klitschko when he really doesn't and knows that a large sum like this would dissuade anyone to want to go through with the fight.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Eddie Chambers Radio Interview

American heavyweight hopeful "Fast" Eddie Chambers was recently interviewed on Blog Talk Radio along with Jason Estrada ahead of their respective fights. Estrada is fighting Adamek this Saturday, and Chambers will be fighting current IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko on March 20th at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.

In the interview, Chambers talks about his last fight with Dimitrenko and how that was a perfect match to prepare himself for the fight with Wladimir. He says there are few things he needs to adjust, but once he does he feels that it will be enough to get a win. He goes on about how he has watched his past fights to make improvements since his loss to Povetkin and sub par wins against Calvin Brock and Sam Peter. He also talks about his drastic weight cut in his last fight and how this has increased his advantage in speed and movement.

Here's the interview. You can skip to the 53 minute mark to cut to the Chambers interview..

Monday, February 1, 2010

Haye Ruiz Tickets

Tickets are now available for the WBA heavyweight championship bout between the new WBA heavyweight champion David "Hayemaker" Haye won 23 (KO 21) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 0 = 24 and former champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz won 44 (KO 30) + lost 8 (KO 1) + drawn 1 = 54 which will take place on April 3rd, 2010 at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester at 19:30.

For Haye vs Ruiz tickets you can choose your country of preference(United Kingdom at the top of the list) for the site to purchase the tickets from. The links are direct links to the page with information on the tickets, prices, availability etc, and go to Seat Wave which is and has been a reputable seller of online tickets for all kinds of events including boxing. Here are think links for the Haye/Ruiz tickets:

Haye Ruiz UK direct link

Haye Ruiz DE direct link

Haye Ruiz ES direct link

Haye Ruiz IT direct link

I've checked around this site offers the best selection, guarantees, prices, the works, but please let me know how your experience went.

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