Contrary to the wishes of both the Klitschko brothers and HBO Sports, the Word Boxing Council has insisted that its world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko make his next defense against the winner of the Final Eliminator between Odlanier Solis and Ray Austin. The news will be welcomed by one Don King, who with his traditional influence in the Mexican sanctioning body was able to overcome the objections (and temporary resignation) of its President Jose Sulaiman and ensure that one of his fighters will be Klitschko’s next challenger.
This all comes as a blow to K2 and HBO who had been hoping for the elder Klitschko to make a voluntary defense against popular polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek. That fight had been pencilled in to take place on March 17th at Madison Square Garden as part of the celebrations of the thirtieth anniversary of the “Fight of the Century” between Joe Frasier and Muhammad Ali. It would have been the first world heavyweight title fight to take place on American soil since Klitschko destroyed Chris Arreola on the 26th September 2009.
With the path seemingly barred to Vitali-Adamek, K2 may well explore the possibility of Wladimir Klitschko facing Adamek especially as the Pole is the mandatory challenger to the younger Klitschko’s WBO belt. However to me the better fight to make would be Tomasz Adamek challenging the WBA Champion David Haye; Adamek is an exciting fighter with a great following but he simply hasn’t got the physical proportions to be competitive against either Klitschko. Against his fellow former cruiserweight Haye, Adamek would still be undersized but the gap would be far smaller allowing for a much more competitive contest. And the two should be able to put on an exciting fight that would be the perfect way to introduce both fighters to casual fight fans in America before a blockbuster unification fight with either Klitschko.
Tags: Boxing, David Haye, Heavyweight boxing, Odlanier Solis, Tomasz Adamek, Vitali Klitschko, WBC, Wladimir Klitschko