Chisora, Haye and potential retirement in store for Vitali Klitschko in 2012

13 Dec

Tommy Barber – London

Britain’s thriving domestic heavyweight scene has produced another world title challenger as Dereck Chisora is due to box Vitali Klitschko in a February 18 fight at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. The Londoner will be hoping it’s third time lucky when attempting to get in the ring with a Klitschko as Del Boy Chisora twice had a bout booked with Wladimir, only for the latter to withdraw due to abdominal complaints in 2010 and again earlier this year.

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Del Boy to challenge for WBC title. Credit: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov

Klitschko (43-2-0, 40ko) has enjoyed an emphatically successful 2011. In March, he technically knocked out Odlanier Solis after the Cuban injured himself collapsing in retreat in an attempt to get out the way of a Vitali fist.

An undefeated pro at the time, Solis also had an incredible amateur background as a three-time World Amateur Champion and a 2004 gold medal Olympian with wins over Felix Savon, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Kubrat Pulev, Sultan Ibragimov and David Haye.

In Vitali’s next fight he annihilated former two-weight world champion Tomasz Adamek in a one-sided beatdown where he won every minute of every round.

The dominant Ukrainian who, despite two losses has never been knocked down nor seen himself behind on the scorecards, believes Chisora (15-2-0, 9ko) could put up a competitive fight due to a: his performance against Robert Helenius in a loss where many regarded him to be the victim of hometown judging and b: his proven ability to fight bigger men than himself.

“It’s not only in his last fight – which he lost unfairly – that Chisora showed he’s up to bigger opponents,” said Klitschko to respected German sports journal Bild. “I’m warned by his excellent performance against Helenius and will, as always, prepare myself intensely and meticulously.”

Prior to the confirmation that Chisora would be his next opponent, there were escalating rumours that former heavyweight champion of the world David Haye, who lost a decision to Wladimir Klitschko in July and retired a matter of months later, would lace up his gloves one more time to fight Vitali in March.

A fight with the headline-grabbing Englishman remains firmly on Klitschko’s radar and could even be set-up for late summer, 2012, as Vitali’s swan song: “(Haye) will lose through knockout,” he said, before adding: “I don’t want to break the age record of George Foreman, who boxed until he was 45.”

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