Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Klitschko-Maskaev in Moscow?

According to the official site of Russian Professional Boxing Federation, Moscow is in the early running for the possible WBC heavyweight championship between the current master Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KO) and the WBC emeritus champion Vitaly Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs). The rumor is that the fight could occur on April 21, under promotion of Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab. There are two possible venues, including Ice Palace on Khodynka field and Olympiysky Sports Arena. The latter was also the host of the first ever heavyweight championship in Russian history between Oleg Maskaev and Peter Okhello of Uganda the last December.

The other company, which will certainly be at least co-promoting the event is the Klitschko brothers’ K2 promotions. No deal is done as of now; however, the official announcement concerning the comeback of Vitaly Klitschko and its possible showdown will supposedly be made this Thursday (according to some sources – today!) at a huge Hamburg presser. The former champion, who retired for good in November 2005, was received an OK to fight again following a detailed examination by accomplished by Dr. Berndt Kabelka, a sports trauma specialist.

UPDATE: There is currently no boxing-related press conference scheduled for former two-time heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, who is travelling today from Kiev to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. However there is interest from Vitali, who is still recognized by the WBC as "champion emertitus," in a potential showdown against currently reigning WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev in the event the WBC Board of Governors were to officially approve an immediate mandatory fight between the two. Further announcements are expected today.


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