Monday, January 31, 2011

Merchant On Klitschko vs Adamek

In this video interview HBO commentator Larry Merchant talks about upcoming Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko vs Tomasz Adamek fight, who would be a better fight for Adamek to take in hopes of winning, and just the state of heavyweight division in general...

Emanuel Steward On Klitschko and Adamek

This is a recent video interview where Wladimir Klitsckho's trainer Emanuel Steward talks about the Krunk gym, Tomasz Adamek, and his potential fight with the Klitschko's later on this year in September.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Klitschko To Face Adamek In September

It's official. One of the Klitschko, Vitali (41-2, 38 KOs) or Wladimir (55-3, 49 KOs), will face former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion turned heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) this September.

The deal assumes at least one the Klitscho's win their next fights (Wladimir will face Dereck Chisora on April 30th while Vitali faces Solis on March 19th ) and Adamek wins his next fight which will be against an opponent yet to be named on most likely April 16th or 19th. If both brothers win they will decide which one of them will face Adamek, but both sides have said if that were the case it would most likely to be Wladimir.

The fight will take place at a new soccer stadium being built in either Warsaw or Wroclaw, Poland. There are 4 new stadiums being built in Poland for the 2012 European Soccer Championships and that two of the stadiums are bidding for this fight.

Kathy Duva Quotes

**Main events CEO

"I am ecstatic. I can't even put it into words. To work so hard with Tomasz with a goal in mind -- moving him up to heavyweight, getting a heavyweight title fight. We got him there and we got a good deal."

**Regarding the stadiums being built in Poland

"There is this window of opportunity for this fight because of the stadiums being built in Poland. It will be a huge event in Poland."

** Regarding Adamek not facing Samuel Peter as a tune-up (he was originally going to fight in a IBF tournament to announce the new IBF mandatory and face Peter).

"That's a pretty good bet." -- laughing

**On which brother he'd rather face..

"Either one, their option. We don't care which one it is. They have to tell us something like 90 days before the fight which one it will be. Tomasz's attitude is, 'I want a heavyweight title fight. I don't care which one of them I fight.'"

**On how long it took to negotiate

"It took us less than three weeks to get this done. Everybody had the same objective -- to make the biggest, best event we can and everybody make the most money we can. We're very excited. This has been the plan for the 2½ years we've worked with Tomasz. This has been the goal and game plan. I'm happy it all came together and we are happy with the deal."

**On the issue of Haye and the Klitschko's going back and forth on deals

"I didn't have any of the problems other people talk about. I've had a long relationship with [Klitschko adviser] Shelly Finkel for something like 30 years and that probably helped. But when the time came to talk to Bernd, we were in synch right away. I know how to get a deal done. I didn't have any problem with them at all. And I had a fighter who said, 'This is what I want, please go out and get it.'"

Bernd Boente Quotes

**Klitschko's manager

"We made some changes, their side and our side. We now agree on everything. We have a go from both sides for a fight in September."

**On Klitschko's winning their next fights

"Knock on wood, both brothers win their respective fights and then we will make a decision."

Klitschko Solis Tickets

Tickets are now available for the WBC heavyweight championship fight between current champion Vitali Klitschko and the WBC #1 mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis which will take place on March 19th at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Below is a direct link for the Klitschko/Solis tickets through the German site Seatwave which is a reputable online ticket provider.

Klitschko Solis Tickets

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Klitschko Chisora Tickets

This is where you will find information on where you can buy tickets for the WBO,IBF,IBO,RING heavyweight title fight between current champ Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora set for April 30th.
*************** UPDATE *************
YOU are most likely getting this link from a search engine -- this was originally for the fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Chisora --- You are looking for where to f find the best places and prices on tickets for the WBC heavyweight championship fight coming up February 18th between current champ Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora. 

Get your Vitali Klitschko vs Chisora Tickets Here (Direct Link) -- Site in English.

or visit here for the updated post on tickets...

Klitschko Solis Press Conference

Today was the 1st press conference in Cologne, Germany for the WBC heavyweight title fight that will happen March 19th at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne between current champ Vitali Klitschko and #1 WBC mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis.  Check out press conference footage here.

Vitali Klitschko Quotes

“I have great respect for my opponent. But I will prove that the belt belongs to me. I am confident for this fight. My goal is a knockout win.”

“I have fought a lot of strong opponents but I have never been in the ring with an Olympic gold medallist,” said Klitschko. “I expect a very tough and close fight against a very talented young boxer who comes to take the belt from me. I won’t let that happen though. I will show why I am the champion and defend my title.”

Fritz Sdunek Quotes

*Klitschko's trainer

“Solis is a very successful amateur, but still no great boxing opponent.”

Odlanier Solis Quotes

“We will see the best fight of all time.”

When asked about the toughest fight of his life he smiles and says, “What makes you think that this will be my toughest fight? Can you tell me what makes a boxer a strong or superior boxer? So far all guys I fought had two arms and two legs. I would understand your question if I would fight an opponent with three fists for the first time…”

Ahmet ├ľner Quotes

**Solis' promoter

“We will make history and put an end to the era of Klitschko.”

** atacking Klitschko's management...

“Usually the team of the challenger starts with thanking the champion’s team for the opportunity”, Oner said. “I’m sorry that we can’t do it this way this time. The Klitschkos did everything they could to avoid this fight. They tried to sneak out of it over and over again. So we don’t thank them. We had to work very hard to get to this point and we deserved this chance. I want to thank the WBC and president Jose Sulaiman and, of course, I thank RTL because they kept the ‘Klitschko legend’ alive over the last years even though they only fought tomato cans in terribly boring snoozers. We will indemnify the German boxing fans for all the sh*tty Klitschko fights they had to endure over the years with one of the greatest heavyweight bouts ever. To me this is history in the making. It is the first time in history that a Cuban A class heavyweight has left the country to fight for the world championship as a pro. Boxing fans will always argue how Ali would have looked against Stevenson and what would have happened if Tyson and Savon would have fought in their primes. In this generation for the first time we have the chance to see what happens when the best Cuban heavyweight fights the best heavyweight of the rest of the world. I put my money on Cuba.”

Klitschko Solis Press Conference Pictures

**Video showcasing pictures...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Klitschko Adamek Looks Like It's On

Their had been some discussions many have jumped the gun to report that Wladimir Klitschko would for sure face Tomasz Adamek this fall before anything concrete had surfaced.  In fact, it had been said that either brother could face Adamek this fall.  But, according to Adamek's promoter Kathy Duva her fighter and Klitschko have "ironed out their differences" for a fight this September.

“I think we’re there. “We still have cross our Ts and dot our Is, though.”, said Duva.

Adamek was originally going to face Peter in a IBF elimination bout but instead will most likely fight former champion Hasim Rahman as a tune up(who was 4 and 0 last year against journeyman) before facing Klitschko this September.

Stay tuned for more information...

Vitali Klitschko Talks Politics

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko recently talked about his time in Ukraine's political ring as a member of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party which is also known as "Punch." He launched into politics back in 2006 and last April started a Reform party which campaigned on a platform of anti-corruption. Here is what Vitali had to say:

On similarities between boxing and politics


"In every way, in life, in politics, you have to show your skills. You have to defend yourself. You have to defend your mind -- not physically -- you have to use your strong mentality, you use your brain skills to defend your position."

On using your mind in politics and not your fists


**Referring to alot of heated discussions that have resulted in fist fights in Ukrainian politics..

"I am actually 20 years in sport, in boxing, and never ever in 20 years I use my skills outside of the ring.

It's painful to see that if a politician doesn't have brain power to defend his position, he tries to use his muscles -- this politician doesn't have a future."

On the Klitschko Brothers Foundation


** Formed in 2003 aiming to promote healthy lifestyles for children through sport.

"We try to give the young generation the opportunity to develop himself through sport. We try to use the power what has sport to change the world and bring attention to the people the problems that have our society."

On himself and his brother Wladimir


"My brother is not just brother -- he's my best friend. We understand each other very well, we help each other and maybe that's why we're lucky and successful in sport.

"We make a condition in sport also: we never fight each other but we play each other at table tennis, chess. The life without a brother would be so boring and that's why I'm thankful to my parents I have my brother Wladimir. "

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Vitali Klitschko vs Solis Is Set

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his belt on March 19th against 30 year old Cuban Odlanier „La Sombra“ Solis on March 19th at the LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany.

Solis was the Olympic gold medalist in Athens 2004 and had a amazing amateur record wtih 241 fights and 227 wins.  He was also 3 time world amateur champion and became the WBC #1 contender and Vitali's official mandatory when he defeated Ray Austin in the title elimination bout in Miami on December 17 by 10th round disqualification.

Should be an interesting fight.  I just dont think Solis will have what it takes when it his later rounds.  His conditioning is not great and his talent has carried him by the likes of guys like Austin, but at the elite level its going to effect him drastically. Look for a late round stoppage for Vitali.

Will Wladimir Klitsckho vs David Haye Ever Happen?

It looked as though everything was set for a showdown between WBO/IBF/IBO/RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA title holder David Haye for July 2nd of this year. But things fell through. Why?

Well back in December 2010 Wladimir Klitschko was staying busy with a fight with Derick Chisora scheduled for December 11th but ended up and had to pull out of his fight due to a abdominal injury he obtained on his last training session days before his fight. Wladimir Klitschko promised to fight Chisora at some point in the future, but David Haye's name was back in the picture and he and his team were going to see if a mega fight could happen with him 1st but promised Chisora a fight at some time in the future.

Ok so eventually Klitschko and Haye's sides agreed to the terms and the July 2nd date. Wladimir Klitschko hasn't fought since September 11th when he fought Samuel Peter. Keep in mind back in June 2009 Haye backed out of his fight with Wladimir at the last minute saying it was from a "injury" and had tied up Wladimir's year because he was planning on fighting earlier that year back around March but because of the way negotiations went, the fight scheduling didn't happen until June. So, Wladimir doesn't want a repeat of 2009, wants to keep his word to Chisora, and wants a fight just so he isn't rusty especially coming off an abdominal injury.

So what did Haye do? He backs out of the fight for July and blames Wladimir for the fight not happening saying that because Wladimir took a fight against Chisora in April he won't have enough time to prepare for him and promote the fight etc, so that's basically Wladimir opting out of the fight.

Whose business is it Haye's whether Wladimir wants to fight someone before him or not. It would be one thing if the Klitschko/Haye fight was scheduled for March or April but July is a long time. Wladimir hasn't fought since September, it would promote the fight since he's facing a top British fighter in Chisora, and he wouldn't take the fight unless he strongly believes he could make the fight with Haye.

So to make things clear. July 2nd is still available for Haye if he wants it, but it sounds like he is just making excuses to not fight Wladimir. He actually at one point said something about being done with the Klitschko's and he can retire knowing he did all he can to get a fight with them. He hadn't even had negotiations with Vitali when he said that. This guy is milking his belt for all its worth. I can't see how anyone can take this guy seriously.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Klitschko Chisora On Again

WBO, IBF, IBO, and Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will follow through with his fight he had to cancel at the last minute (scheduled back in December) do to abdominal injury against Derick Chsora on April 30th.

Chisora Quotes

"This news is a fantastic late Christmas present. "I always believed that I would fight Klitschko and my faith has been repaid.

"I was a bit worried that he might try and fight an easier touch, but I think I've earned my opportunity.

"I was gutted when Wladimir pulled out of our fight just a couple of days beforehand. But now I've got another chance to take his titles away.

"He's a great world champion, but his time at the top is well and truly up.

"My promoter Frank Warren has done a great job in getting me this opportunity because there was no guarantee Wladimir would fight me again after he got injured."

Here are some videos related to the rearranged Klitschko Chisora fight...

Craig Slater On Re-Arranged Klitschko/Chisora Fight

Don Charles On Rescheduled Klitschko/Chisora Fight

Frank Warren On New Klitschko/Chisora Deal

Other Klitschko News....

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