IBF, IBO and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko suffered a injury just days away from his December, 11th bout with undefeated British challenger Dereck Chisora and had to pull out of the fight.
Klitschko’s advisor Shelley Finkel said, “Wladimir has withdrawn from the Chisora fight, because he has a torn muscle in his back.”
Finkel said the injury wasn’t too serious and Wladimir would be able to fight again within 60 days.
This sudden withdrawal from Saturday night’s fight leaves Wladimir Klitschko open for a fight with WBA champion David Haye, a superfight that would be considered the biggest heavyweight title fight in the last ten years, and second biggest fight only to Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. in terms of significance.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, who promotes Haye, confirmed that Wednesday that negotiations between Wladimir Klitschko’s camp and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye have begun.
“I’ve spoken to Shelley Finkel and if we can make a Klitschko fight with David Haye we will do that next and if not Wladimir will revert back to fighting Chisora.
If the fight gets made it would probably be broadcast by HBO and take place in either London or the US.
“The logical place for the (Haye vs. Klitschko) fight is London but we need to speak to HBO to see if the economics stack up to holding the fight in America,” Schaefer said.
If HBO wants to really get the best out of the Klitschko vs. Haye superfight, they would need to utilize their 24/7 series which has been a great marketing tool for many of HBO’s big fights. 24/7 would show the contrasting personalities of both champions, David Haye the cocky trash talking Brit, and Wladimir the clean cut and honorable good guy. It’s a classic good guy vs. bad guy match-up that would attract the interest of casual fans and it would be a unified heavyweight title fight between two of the best boxers today.
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