Opponent Found for Wladimir Klitschko

MOSCOW, Russia -- Wilfred Sauerland, manager for International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, has announced that the Ukrainian's next opponent will be the American boxer Calvin Brock.

Klitschko will meet Brock, who has yet to lose a match in his career, on November 11 in New York's Madison Square Garden.

The announcement of the match with Calvin Brock concludes the lengthy process of choosing Wladimir Klitschko's opponent in his first title defense.

Klitschko seized the title of IBF world heavyweight champion with a technical knockout in a match in April against Chris Byrd.

His next match, with Shannon Briggs, had already been set for November 11 when Oleg Maskaev defeated Hasim Rahman to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) golden belt.

Jumping at the chance to win a second title, Klitschko dropped his match with Briggs and challenged Maskaev for the date scheduled in November.

Maskaev, however, decided that he would not be fit for such a match so soon after his difficult fight against Rahman, and Klitschko was left without an opponent.

Enter Calvin Brock, who has already distinguished himself from other young American fighters with an impressive record of 29 wins (22 KOs) in 29 matches, including wins against some of the world's best heavyweights.

Klitschko has announced that he is certain of victory, but it is clear that the fight against Brock will be one of the most difficult matches Klitschko has faced in recent years.

Source: Kommersant


Anonymous said…
i am so looking forward to it! unfortunately, the fight will not take place in germany where wladimir's last fight took place in front of an audience of 14000! but of course, madison square garden is another dimension and he deserves to box there! he is going to win and for the training and the fight i wish him the very best. and i hope for a fight without any major injuries for the opponents. long live boxing, long live the klitschkos, long live kyiv.

if the klitschkos had not come to germany and kept boxing so popular here and in other parts of the world... - boxing received a lot from the klitschkos. you can't express in words.