Friday, March 26, 2010

Klitschko Sosnowski Press Conference

Yesterday was the press conference at the VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen for the upcoming WBC heavyweight championship fight between current champ Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and the EBU champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) which will take place May, 29 at the VELTINS-Arena is the home field of famous German soccer team Schalke 04. Both fighters seem very confident heading into their fight. Here is some of what was said during the press conference.

Sosnowski Quotes

"I am very dedicated and still very young in the heavyweight division, and just starting at bigger things. I am very happy and excited about my upcoming match with Klitschko. I love the opportunity and I'm going to use that chance and win the world title.

"I do not think it is a huge step up in class [for me]. He [Vitali] is very schematic and pretty predictable. For the past few years he has picked out his opponents from guys who do not punch, who are not aggressive, who do not have that will - I will be much more stubborn, faster and dedicated."

“Vitali Klitschko’s last opponents were like living punching bags. They had already lost when they were still siting in their locker rooms. The arena is huge and impressive. I don’t care that I am not seen as the favorite for the fight. I will be the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world!”

"I will win this fight and bring the title back to Poland!"

Klitschko Quotes

“I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen. I want to verify that I am still the strongest heavyweight in the world. I am full of energy, in a top shape and without injuries. I am looking forward to fighting in Germany again and at Schalke arena. I was in Wladimir’s corner when he beat Ruslan Chagev at the arena last June. I have to say that I was jealous on him and desperately wanted to fight here as well. Now, this dream comes true. This is an incredible arena with great fans. The atmosphere will be electrifying.”

Here's a video of Vitali and Sonsnowski at facing off..

Klitschko Sosnowski Press Conference Video Part 1

Klitschko Sosnowski Press Conference Video Part 2

Klitschko Sosnowski Press Conference Video Part 3

Klitschko Sosnowski Press Conference Video Part 4

Klitschko & Sonsnowski Face Off

*Looks like Albert is already intimidated here. Should be a short nights work for Vitali....

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Steward On Blog Talk Radio

Wladimir Klitschko's trainer Emmanuel Stewars was recently interviewed on Blog Talk Radio, and discussed many things including his fighter Wladimir and his performance in the Chamnbers fight, along with interesting potential matchups and a potential intriguing fight with David Haye. Push the play button below to hear the actual interview, or read parts of the interview below. Enjoy!

On how he rates Klitschko’s performance against Chambers

“I give him a B. It was a B. It was a good performance. It could have been better because of what his ability is compared to what he did, but it was still good. He went out and did what he was asked to do and he got the knockout. Chambers isn’t the easiest guy to fight, either. He spends his time mostly about, like 80% on the defensive mental mode—covering up, running away, hands over his head. It was very difficult to fight guys like that especially when you have a guy like Wladimir who’s a really technical, super intelligent, thinking fighter himself. So I had to do what I had to do the last two rounds to just try to push him out of his regular mode and he got really upset and all emotional and anxiety and then he went out and performed, but it was something I had to do. That’s my job as a trainer—to do what I have to do to get my fighter to get the best performance and I appreciate the fact that he did respond and he went and did what he was supposed to do..”

On his views for Klitschko in the future

“I think based on this performance here and his own conversations with me in the recent days that he realizes that he is actually too reluctant, too intelligent, too technical—that I think you’re going to see a much more aggressive fighter in Wladimir. If this man actually would just operate with close to 80%—he’s only operating with about 60%—he would be the most devastating heavyweight in the history of boxing because I’ve worked with him. Never, ever, ever have I been involved with a fighter who has so much one punch punching power. Even guys that knock somebody out—they get them hurt, they knock them down, they get them groggy—Wladimir is the only fighter I’ve ever worked with that everything can be normal like a big party—everybody is having champagne, on the floors, in the tuxedos, with the music—and the lights go off completely at one time. I mean it’s not like a gradual dimmer switch. I never saw anyone who knocked out people in a gym when they block punches and he did that about three weeks ago with a sparring partner—two weeks ago, prior to the fight. With a sparring partner he threw a left hook, the sparring partner blocked the punch and with twenty ounce gloves he was still knocked out. He has unbelievable one punch punching power and that’s why maybe he doesn’t put combinations together because he punches so effectively and with so much power with one punch, but his handicap and problem is he feints too much. He wants everything to be perfect—perfect balance, perfect this, and the last round he was a little overly aggressive, got out of position a few times, but to go three minutes with a guy with his power is like a lifetime because even if he just grazes you with a punch, you’re going to be hurt.”

On Wladimir’s punching power

“What makes him really special also is he has so much power in the late rounds. A lot of guys, great punchers like (Mike) Tyson, they were great in the early rounds but very seldom in the late rounds. Wladimir has knocked out guys like he did with Chris Byrd, and (Ray) Austin, and Eliseo Castillo—he knocked those guys out early because he threw a punch early, an early power punch. And then he’s had the power to go out after being down three times with Sam Peter and he had him out on his feet in the twelfth round of a very grueling fight with one single punch, a left hook. Then he knocked out Thompson. With Tony Thompson he ran across the ring and threw one straight right hand in the eleventh round and just walked away, and Thompson went down totally finished. Now he knocks out this guy in the twelfth round with ten or twelve seconds left with one punch. To have a fighter that has that kind of devastating one punch clean knockout power is so much stress on the opponent because you’re never safe.”

On a potential fight with Haye

“I would love to see that fight because David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko are the only two heavyweights that have explosive power—speed and one punch punching power. If they ever fight, because I don’t know if David wants the fight. He became a big name only by bragging about what he would do the Klitschkos, and drawing cartoon characters and cutting off heads and putting them on t-shirts—but he has never fought a quality heavyweight or did anything. He became a big celebrity just by talking about what he would do to a Klitschko and then he ran away from both fights. Nevertheless, he still is a very hot guy to fight as far as I’m concerned, and I still like the idea of him and Wladimir because they both have tremendous explosive punching power and speed.”

On Mosley vs Floyd Mayweather Jr

“Oh definitely. I have Mosley and Mayweather a dead even fight. The one good thing is that Shane is, first of all, to me is the first really live physical match-up fight that I think that really that Floyd has fought in about five or six years. I mean I looked at (Arturo) Gatti—I’m not trying to knock Gatti—Gatti was a good fight when he fought another brawler or another guy on his level who was exciting, but anytime he stepped up and fought class boxers he always lost because he could never deal with intelligent fighters. Oscar, you know, fights with Floyd and I cannot believe how he fought such a fight not using his talent, but nevertheless, people forget it was a split decision because Oscar was still just tall enough to use the jab in the early part and that bothered Floyd because Floyd’s defense of just rolling his shoulders and bending back is okay if you got small guys, but guys who have long enough arms to reach over and hit him he had to really fight with them and that was only a split decision. Shane matches up with him in size as a full welterweight and also Shane has good speed—maybe not as fast as Floyd but there’s not that much of a disparity. I think the intensity and the challenge that Shane brings into this fight is going to make Floyd Mayweather show his greatness or he could totally be dominated and look very inferior. He won’t be anywhere in between, he’ll go to one extreme or the other and I think that Shane may be the dark horse so to say in this whole situation because he could easily be a big threat and possibly beat Floyd and (Manny) Pacquiao. Shane is an old school fighter who fights with a lot of intensity, has speed, has shown a good chin and he’s going to be very well prepared. I just think that this is going to be maybe one of the best fights in a long time but I think this is the fight that will make Floyd Mayweather show his greatness or show his weakness—because he won’t be in between. He must fight in this fight.”

On how he would train Mosley

“Well I think he’s got a very good trainer working with him now in Naseem Richardson and he will need to jab and apply a lot of pressure but not necessarily when Floyd bends back, beating all along his elbows and the ribs throwing a lot of wasted punches which Oscar did. The biggest thing that will be a problem for Floyd is the jab—pressure, jab, pressure, jab, and once you get inside, then you throw punches because Shane is just big enough where his arms are long enough and he’s tall enough where he would have a problem avoiding Shane’s punches by just rolling his shoulder and sticking his head back to the ropes. But the thing that goes for Floyd is Floyd has good hand speed but he also has good foot speed, too, and Shane is really not known for his footwork. Floyd can move around, stop on a dime, punch in and out, catlike reflexes—maybe not throw the volume of punches that Shane throws, but he’s a very, very accurate pinpoint puncher and he has ability to move and change directions a lot. A slight edge would go to Mayweather because of the foot speed and the pinpoint accurate punches, but I think that Shane will, even though Floyd may have that advantage over him in those areas, I think Shane is still fast enough and has enough intensity and anger in him that he’s still going to force Mayweather to bring him out of his comfort zone and make him really have to sit there and show his greatness, and if he does—maybe what he’s been saying is, he’s one of the greatest welterweight fighter of all time even though he won’t fight a welterweight. So this is the first time he’s really fighting a really world class welterweight fighter.”

On which fight he thinks fans would enjoy more 'Mosley vs. Pacquiao' or 'Mayweather vs.Pacquiao'

“Mosley-Pacquiao or Mayweather-Pacquiao? Mosley-Pacquiao, Mosley-Pacquiao, Mosley-Pacquiao. I mean you know that Shane is going to bring it to you, I mean that’s him. There’s no way he’s going to run from anybody or try to be technical and if things get rough he’s still going to fight. Even in his losses to basically Winky Wright, who he had no business fighting because he was physically way too big, and Vernon Forrest, which was a tall rangy type guy and I know he lost to (Miguel) Cotto but I won’t even go into this because that was a close fight—but still, there’s no way you’re going to get anything but pure explosive excitement with Pacquiao and Mosley. But the fight based on the hype, the interest, and the hunger of the fans is still Mayweather and Pacquiao, but the true, true really explosive fight that the true fight fans would look forward to would be with Shane Mosley and Pacquiao. But still, the media and the press and everybody is going to make the fight if it’s possible with Pacquiao and Mayweather because of the anticipation and the marquee value and all of the hype—but the pure, pure fight is with Shane Mosley.”

On the fight between Haye and Ruiz

“I pick David to win because everything is going in his direction now with the speed and youth, but if I was a betting person I would have it like 6:5 that’s all, or 7:5. I don’t know how odds go because I never bet on a fight but I see it as that type of fight. It’s his home town, his area, his crowd—the momentum and movement and everything is with him, but still, Ruiz is a solid fighter, he’s a real heavyweight not a super heavyweight, he has a good chin and I don’t know that David has all of the gifted movements and the great coordination like Roy Jones had to stay for twelve rounds and move and not get hit, because the biggest problem I have with him is just his chin. When he got knocked down by Monte Barrett I said, ‘Oh my God’. So that’s the situation. A lot of people believe that he is going to go out and just blow Ruiz away, and maybe he will—I wish that that would happen—but I have him a slight favorite and that’s about it.”

On a Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye fight

“Well Wladimir would knock him out within four rounds because this is one of the few guys who Wladimir has a lot of animosity I guess and anger and he would be extremely aggressive very much like he was with Chris Byrd in their second fight, but I think until it happens—the knockout or whatever, which I think will happen within four rounds—it would be a very explosive exciting fight. You got two guys who are known for explosive punching power, great speed, and both of them reputedly got weak chins so it would be a great excitement fight. But I think that Wladimir’s size and a strong left jab would be too much in addition to the fact that Wladimir has that tremendous short punching power with both the left hand and the right hand. I think that would be a little too much for David to overcome, but in the meantime, he has the ability to knockout Wladimir if he can catch him, too, because he does punch hard and he does punch fast and he does punch freely. As soon as he gets into range he will let his punches go. He doesn’t hesitate, so it’s a fight as a fan I would love to see.”

Monday, March 22, 2010

Klitschko vs Sosnowski Tickets

You can order your Vitali Klitschko vs Albert Sosnowski tickets to make sure you have yours, because this fight like all Klitscko fights will definitely sell out.

Klitschko 39(37 KO's)-2(2)-0 and Sosnowski 45(27 KO's)-2(1)-1 will fight for Vitali's WBC heavyweight championship belt on May 29th, 2010 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Sosnowski is the current EBU champion.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Klitschko vs Chambers Fight Video

This is the full fight video of the WBO, IBF, and IBO championship title bout that happened Saturday, March 20th in Dusseldorf, German between champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko and WBO #1 mandatory challenger "Fast" Eddie Chambers.

Klitschko vs Chambers Walk In

Klitschko vs Chambers Introductions

*Watch this video up until the 3:30 mark after that its in German and starts round 1. The video below is round 1 in English.

Klitschko vs Chambers Part 1

*Rounds 1, 2, 3 (English)

Klitschko vs Chambers Part 2

*Rounds 4, 5, 6

Klitschko vs Chambers Part 3

Rounds 7, 8, 9

Klitschko vs Chambers Part 4

*Rounds 10, 11, 12

If I find the post fight I will post it here. If someone finds it before I do let me know.

Klitschko Chambers After Fight Quotes

After Wladimir Klitschko's dominant victory and 12th round KO on Saturday, March 20th at the sold-out ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, both he and Eddie Chambers had a few words to say.

Klitschko Quotes

“He is very, very quick and preemptive. In the last rounds I gave everything and I am very happy about the result. To me Chambers gave up mentally after round six. It’s hard to hit somebody who is very passive and tries not to be knocked out.”

Chambers Quotes

“I knew about his quick right hand but I couldn’t do anything against it. When I lifted him up I wanted to take him out of his fight plan. I can’t remember the knockout.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Klitschko KO's Chambers

Wladimir Klitschko easily defended his titles today with a dominant 12th round KO victory over #1 ranked WBO mandatory Eddie Chambers. Wladimir was in control the whole fight.

Chambers did try to get Wladimir riled up by resorting to picking up Wladimir when Wladimir clinched early in the fight. I think this only helped Wladimir out. The anger is what he needed I think he was taking Chambers lightly until then, and increased pressure for the remainder of the fight.

Wladimir had Chambers in trouble in the 2nd when he landed a right but was unable to finish Chambers. He continued to dominate with the jab and was winning each round easily.

The last couple rounds Eddie was in survival mode and was just running.

Wladimir's trainer Emanuel Steward told him coming into the 12th round that he needs to knock him out. With only 13 seconds left in the 12th, that's exactly what Wladimir did with a beautiful left hook to the jaw that send Eddie to the canvas. Chambers did not get up for a long time afterwords but appears to be ok.

With this win Wladimir now improves to 54(48)-3-0 while Chambers falls to 35(18)-2(1)-0.

I will ad more detail on this fight later and post the full fight video. Until then here's just a nice short video of the amazing final knockout. Enjoy!

Wladimir Klitschko's 12 Round KO Over Chambers

Klitschko Chambers Chat Event

Today their will be a chat event come fight time for the heavyweight championship fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Eddie Chambers. The chat event will start shortly before fight time at 5:45 pm ET / 1:45 PT. You can chat on the side pannel ►►►►

Or, you can go to the chat here which will have a larger chat room and the fight video IF I can find one to embed there as well. But, I'd strongly recommend just buying the $14.95 stream as it will have 3 quality heavyweight fights with guaranteed quality vs just the Klitschko Chambers fight stream only if I can find it, and you know how the quality and reliability is on those.

Klitschko vs Chambers Ref

The ref for the Wladimir Klitschko vs Eddie Chambers heavyweight championship fight today will be Genaro Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was the ref for Chambers' last fight, which was a 12-round decision over Alexander Dimitrenko. So, Team Chambers should be happy about this one since Chambers was treated fairly in that fight. The judges will be from America, Germany and England.

Chambers ESPN Interview

Eddie Chambers was recently interviewed by ESPN ahead of his heavyweight championship clash with current champion Wladimir Klitschko today. Chambers talks about the upcoming fight his experience in Germany leading up to the fight, the challenges, and much more.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Steward Predicts Klitschko KO's Chambers In 8

Wladimir Klitschko's trainer Emmanuel Steward has predicted that his fighter will knock out the #1 WBO mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers in eight rounds this Saturday, March 20th in their championship fight. Here's what Steward had to say..

"Chambers is the best he's ever fought, but Wladimir is in the form of his life and he'll win by KO by round 8 at the latest."

"Wladimir knows about the danger involved with Chambers. He worked on speed and movement and the pistol-like jab is ready to go."

Wladimir Klitschko also had the following to say about himself..

"I've never been so fast, I've never been so agile, I've never been so experienced as I am now. I am hungry. I am on fire. He wants my title but I won't allow it. He has an unorthodox style and he is very dangerous"

Klitschko Chambers Weigh In

Today was the weigh in between the current WBO, IBF, IBO, and Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the WBO #1 ranked mandatory contender Eddie Chambers ahead of their championship fight this Saturday, March 20th in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 244 pounds (111 kg) while Chambers weighed-in at 209 pounds (95kg). So, this is a 35 lb weight advantage for Klitschko. Not only that but Wladimir is a extremely chiseled 244 lbs vs Chambers who doesn't look nearly as fit at 209. So, the weight advantage is even greater if you consider this.

The weigh-in was pretty crazy. It took place on the 3rd floor of Karstadt, which is a busy department store in Dusseldorf, on a temporary stage built between the pillow department and the picture frame selection.

Klitschko even poked a jab at Chambers. Klitschko joked that Chambers was a mere cruiserweight. Then Wlad moved the metal slider on the scale several inches before he stepped on.

For more weigh-in pictures you can go here.

and here's the video footage..

Klitschko Chambers Weigh-In Video

Here's an alternate Klitschko/Chambers weigh in video which is in German.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Klitschko Chambers Open Workout

Wladimir Klitschko the reigning WBO, IBF, IBO, and Ring heavyweight champion and the #1 WBO mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers had a open workout in Germany on Wednesday in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Here's a couple videos showing footage of their public workout.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Milton LaCroix Picks Chambers Over Klitschko

Most experts are giving this an easy win for Wladimir and the odds tell the same tell as well. But, there is one expert boxing trainer named Milton LaCroix that does not think the same as the others. He is New York's famous boxing trainer who most recently salvaged Shannon Briggs’s career(according to the source). He also was the main character in Robert Anasi’s well-regarded 2002 boxing novel ‘The Gloves”. Here's what LaCroix had to say:

“If Eddie was a little taller I don’t think he would have any problems with Wladimir. Eddie is faster, smarter and slicker. All Chambers has to do is frustrate Klitschko with head movement and footwork. Chambers should score points with pitty pat punches and move in and out. Chambers should use side-to-side movement then shoot shots down the middle, especially the jab to the body. Most important will be for Chambers to frustrate Klitschko with his jab. If Chambers can’t frustrate Klitschko than he will have problems with Klitschko’s 1-2. If Klitschko wins then everyone will say that he is invincible, but he isn’t. Klitschko is like a scared cat that swings his way out of a corner when he is pressed. Klitschko always seems to fight scared even when he is winning. There are guys out their with the ability to beat him but they have to want to be the King. Most of the guys Klitschko has fought have only fought him for the money. Being second best as the Queen is good but it’s better to be the King because the Queen always ends up on her back. Klitschko really doesn’t have a great chin and he cuts. Chambers has a shot at pulling off the upset. They don't call him "Fast" Eddie Chambers for nothing.”

Well it's nice to get someone elses opinion, but the guy is a little to harsh on Wladimir's skills and too lenient on Chamber's abilities in my opinion. I still think at the very least Chambers is going to be 1 punch away from a TKO/KO. Wladimir has that kind of power and is more accurate with his power than anyone he has faced in the pros. I think Wladimir will keep his range and eventually will start to land after Chambers movement starts to fade after round 4.

Eddie Chambers Training Footage

This is a video of Eddie Chambers training before his heavyweight title fight this Saturday, March 20th against current WBO, IBF, IBO, and Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Chambers looks like he's in excellent shape and is sharp, and quick on his punches. Check him out in the video below.

Klitschko Chambers Undercard

There are going to be some great match ups on the undercard for the Wladimir Klitschko vs Eddie Chambers heavyweight championship match this Saturday, March 20th.

In the co-main event WBC #12 ranked heavyweight and former cruiserweight Johnathan Banks (23-1, 16 KOs) will face Travis Walker (34-3, 28 KOs). Also, WBA #6 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (19-0, 15 KOs) will face Ed Mahone (24-9-2, 23 KOs). The fights will take place in the 51,000 seat ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Tom Loeffler Quotes

* Managing director of K2 Promotions

“We are excited to have Johnathon Banks fighting Travis Walker for the NABF heavyweight championship on this big show. This is a risky and tough fight for both fighters, but the winner will secure the NABF title and move a step closer to a world title shot.”

The good news is that the live ppv stream will be showing the co-main event with Banks vs Walker, and Ustinov vs Mahone starting at 4pm ET / 1pm PT before the Klitschko vs Chambers main event which starts at 6pm ET / 3pm PT. You can get your stream pass for only $14.95 by clicking the banner below.

Watch Klitschko vs Chambers Fight for the Belts

Monday, March 15, 2010

Watch Klitschko vs Chambers Online

Watch Klitschko vs Chambers Online Stream

The Klitschko vs Chambers heavyweight fight is fast approaching this Saturday, March 20th. The fight will be shown at 6pm ET / 3pm PT. You can get you online pass to watch the fight via internet stream now for only $14.95. The stream will be top quality and you won't have to worry about it being shut off or going down due to traffic IF you find a free stream somewhere.

So, it's definitely worth $14.95 for sure. If you want to watch the fight between the WBO, IBF, IBO, and Ring heavyweight champion and Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko 53(47)-3-0 and the current WBO #1 heavyweight mandatory "Fast" Eddie Chambers 35(18)-1-0, this is the only for sure method(I will try my best to find free streams but even if I do you know how the quality on those are sometimes) if you live in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. I just found out they will also be showing the undercard bout between Travis Walker and Jonathan Banks! So click on a banner below and sign up now before it's too late!

Watch Klitschko vs Chambers Fight for the Belts

Klitschko Chambers Pre-Fight Press Conference

Today there was a pre-fight press conference for the WBO, IBF, IBO, and Ring heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, March 20th between current champ Wladimir Klitschko and the #1 WBO heavyweight mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers.

Wladimir Klitschko Quotes

“I’ve already tested him and I think the world title will remain in the Klitschko family.”

"I've never trained for a fight this hard."

"After nine months off, I am eager to get back in the ring."

"I am very excited to fight in another soccer stadium, this one will hold more than 50,000 people. The atmosphere in the stadium will be fantastic."

"I am 33 years old and at the top of my athletic ability, I have never been so strong, fast, and experienced."

"Eddie is a very talented fighter and has a very difficult style, but I am well prepared to defend my titles. All four of my belts will stay in the Klitschko family."

Chambers Quotes

“I want to shock the world!"

Here's a link for the press conference video in German here for Wladmir, and here for press conference video for Chambers.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Chambers Says He Will Beat Klitschko

Ahead of his championship fight with current IBF, WBO, IBO, & RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, the #1 rated WBO challenger Eddie Chambers has promised to beat the current champ this coming Saturday, March 20th in Dusseldorf, Germany.

“I am on a mission to beat Wladimir Klitschko and bring those titles back home to the United States. This is serious business and I am going for it, but I also know that I want to take in this experience and enjoy the ride. I am not going to make any fancy predictions. I’m just going to win.”

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Klitschko's Fighting Over Who Will Fight Haye

As you already know both Klitschko brothers on 2 different occasion have tried to get a match sealed with the now WBA heavyweight champion David Haye with no success. Haye backed out of a set match with Wladimir Klitschko in June claiming injury and then double negotiated and backed out of a fight with Vitali in September to fight the WBA champion Nicolai Valuev instead.

What it boils down to is Wladimir has more of a personal vendetta against Haye whereas Vitali would like to have 2 major belts like his brother Wladimir has.

So both brothers want to fight Haye next and this is what Vitali Klitschko had to say about the situation.

"I told my brother, 'I want to fight Haye', but he said no, he wants to fight him."

"For him it is personal, but for me I want the title. My brother already has two but I have to clear it with him. I really hope he listens to his older brother. Let's hope my brother listens to me. He must always respect old people."

"Always you need motivation and the motivation is to have all the titles in the family. Everyone wants to see a unification. Champion against champion. Haye has the choice, one of the brothers Klitschko."

"I'll tell Haye it's easier to beat me, because I'm older and I don't have as much energy as my brother. I keep my fingers crossed that he beats Ruiz. Not because I like him, but I want his title and to shut his mouth."

"Maybe we decide by coins who fights him. Let's hope my brother listens to me. He must always respect old people."

I'm kind of undecided on who gets to fight Haye myself. If Vitali was not going to retire soon I'd for sure want to see Vitali fight him, but since he is I'd hate to see 2 belts go back to the sanctioning body cesspool where Wladimir would have to wait forever to recapture the belts. If Wladimir fought him then there would only be the WBC belt to worry about when Vitali retires. But, then again Vitali needs to cement his legacy as well and another belt would help. What do you think? Comment below on who you would go for. I think Vitali should fight him. Wladimir is young enough to take time to capture the other belts.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vitali Klitschko Calls Valuev A Chicken

Since the negotiations with former WBA champion Nicolai Valuev went bust, current WBC champion has called Valuev a chicken for not taking the fight for $2.5 million. Klitschko originally offered Valuev $1 million which is plenty in my opinion for an ex champion and would be more than Valuev would get anywhere else to $2 million to $2.5 million dollars. Still team Valuev with Don King was not satisfied and wanted to have $2.5 and a portion of TV broadcasting revenue. This is what Vitali had to say about the situation....

"Valuev is chicken. We gave him the biggest financial proposal of his career, $2.5 million, and he says 'no'. He understands that if he loses this fight, that's it for a long time in his career. Because it's the money for his pension – that's why he wanted $4 million. He's not a big champion."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Klitschko vs Sosnowski In May!

Since the negotiations for the proposed fight between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and the former WBA champ Nicolai Valuev fell through, Vitali has now decided to go with fighting European heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) most likely on May 29th at the Schalke Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Whereas one of Valuev's promoters Don King turned down a large sum of $2.5 million dollars Sosnowski immediately agreed to fight for a $1 million purse and cancelled his fight with Audley Harrison, which was scheduled for April 9.

This should make a good substitution with a guy who is willing to face and fight Vitali unlike the last pretender Kevin Johnson. I would expect a TKO/KO victory here.

Vitali Klitschko Quotes

“I am very happy to have my next fight in Germany again. The arena in Gelsenkirchen and the fans there are very special. I experienced that last year when my brother Wladimir had his fight there in front of 61,000 spectators. The atmosphere was simply electrifying. I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen.”

The 31-year-old 6′2½” tall Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski fought this last December and won the European Heavyweight Championship against former champion Paolo Vidoz from Italy. In 2008 he knocked out former world title challenger and Tyson conqueror Danny Williams , and has an outstanding fight record of 45 wins (27 KOs), two defeats and one draw. Sosnowski was scheduled to defend his European title against Olympic champion Audley Harrison in London on April, 9, but cancelled it for the chance to fight Vitali Klitschko instead.

Sosnowski Quotes

“A dream comes true. Because of the Harrison fight I am already in training and suddenly comes the once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight Klitschko. I want to thank him and his team to give me that opportunity which I will definitely take. For me, Klitschko is already over the hill. I know that I am the underdog for everybody, but I tell you, Klitschko will regret that he picked me. Many Polish and Germans with Polish roots live in the Gelsenkirchen area and I hope that they will support me. I will be the first Polish Heavyweight Champion of the World!”

Klitschko vs Valuev Falls Through

After a lengthy negotiation process Don King(one of the promoters) has rejected the final offer from team Klitschko of $2.5 million without television money. Team Valuev accepted the $2.5 million if they got extra money from television, but Klitschko's side was unwilling compromise further(Vitali initially offered $1 million dollars and escalated from there). So, the WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will look elsewhere for a fight in May, and Valuev will fight for next to nothing for no championship sometime later.

I have no idea why Don King did not accept this. Did he figure Vitali would back down while being champion and give even more to Valuev? Surely he doesn't think that Valuev will earn that much in his next 3 fights and Valuev is nearing the end of his career on top of that.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Klitschko's Team Stands Firm With Valuev

There have been ongoing negotiations for a fight between current WBC champ Vitali Klitschko and former WBA champion Nicolai Valuev. Vitali has given a lot more than he was intending to offer Valuev to begin with ($1 million to now $2.5 million), but still Valuev's team does not thing that is enough. Team Valuev also wants to share money for TV rights in the United States and Russia.

Here's what Klitschko's manager Bernd Bönte had to say about the fight:

"Our offer is very high. We are not going to make any further concessions. So either Valuev takes 1.8 million euros [2.5 million] - or the fight bursts."

Valuev Will Fight Klitschko If Given TV Rights

Vitali Klitschko(39-2, 37 KO’s) has been negotiating with the ex WBA champion Valuev(50-2, 34 KO’s) for awhile now. He started off with giving Nicolai Valuev the chance to fight for the prestigious WBC belt and potentially giving Nicolai a chance at getting a title again at $1 million. Valuev's side with Don King has wanted $4 million for the fight which is ridiculous for a ex champ coming off a loss to demand so much. But, none-the-less, Vitali conceded to offer him $2.5 million dollars. Valuev has now said he will accept that amount if he also gets a portion of money for TV rights in the United States and Russia.

This is what Nicolai had to say:

“Yes, I want to box against Vitali. This is an interesting battle for boxing fans, who have been waiting for it for several years. Last night, I called my manager Don King. The Klitschko side has offered us $2.5 million. We accept this proposal. But we also want money from the TV rights in the U.S. and Russia.”

Hopefully, something can be worked out because I and alot of fans would love to see this fight. But, I honestly think Valuev is demanding too much. We will have to see. If this fight does not go through Vitali may opt to face the unbeaten #2 WBC ranked Odlanier Solis (15-0, 11 KO’s)instead.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Povetkin Talks His Next Fight And Klitschko

#1 rated IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin(18-0, 13 KOs) recently had a few words about his next opponent Javier Mora(22-3, 18 KOs) who he will face on March 13th in Berlin, and his future bout with current IBF, WBO, IBO, AND Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. He says he will show when he fights Mora that he is ready to face Wladimir.

Povetkin On Mora

“Everything can happen in heavyweight boxing, so I really need to be on alert. I will of course be entering the fight as the favourite since I had a very good amateur career and I am currently the IBF’s number one. I will win this fight and show everybody that I am ready for Klitschko.”

Povetkin On His Training With Atlas

“The training was very hard and very good. I have learned a lot of things. Of course it will take a while until I can show them in the ring. So the fight against Mora will be another good test for me. I am looking forward to fighting in Berlin.”

Teddy Atlas On Povetkin

“I have been working on a lot of things with Alexander. We are trying to further develop his ring identity. He has always risen to the moment – that is why he was 17 and 0 when I got him. But there are still a lot of things where he could improve. We have been working very hard on that. I believe in his character and his talent. This will be another good test. He will definitely be ready once he faces Klitschko.”

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Klitschko Press Training Ahead Of Chambers Fight

Yesterday in Going, Austria, current WBO, IBF, IBO, and Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko participated in a open media workout ahead of his fight March 20th against American "Fast" Eddie Chambers which will take place at the ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, Germany. Here are some quotes by Wladimir KLitschko during the press training:

Klitschko on Preparation

“My preparation is going very well so far. I already have more than 80 rounds of sparring and am in very good shape. I will keep on training very hard in the next 2 weeks and will especially work on my speed.”

Klitschko On Chambers

“Eddie Chambers is the best American heavyweight boxer right now. He is much stronger than David Haye. He is definitely the fastest heavyweight in the Top 10 of the ratings, therefore I will not underestimate him..”

Klitschko On Fighting At the ESPRIT Arena

“I am looking forward to fighting in a big arena again. I had this experience last year in Schalke in front of 61,000 spectators. The Esprit arena is fantastic, I attended a soccer game there recently and I can tell you the fans are also great. I cannot wait to step in the ring again.”

Klitschko On Future Fights

“I do not think about future fights right now. I have a very hard and difficult fight before me and my full concentration is on beating Eddie Chambers.”

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Eddie Chambers Promotional Video

This is a new video by team Chambers for "Fast" Eddie Chambers as he prepares for his heavyweight championship fight with current WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir "Steelhammer" Klitschko. He discusses what he is going to do and how he will do it while footage of Eddie training is being shown.

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