Klitschkos Await Battle

By By Francis Walker
Updated: March 4, 2011

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New York, NY —The Klitschko brothers are currently training heavy for respective heavyweight title defenses this spring.

Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) defends the WBC title against unbeaten, No. 1-rated challenger, Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday, March 19, at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. The fight will mark Vitali’s sixth defense of the WBC crown he recaptured from Samuel Peter following a 3 ½-year absence in October 2008. In less than2 ½ years, Vitali has defeated Juan Carlos Gomez, Chris Arreola, Kevin Johnson, Albert Sosnowski, and Shannon Briggs.

Vitali, who once staged a memorable war with former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, will be facing perhaps the sternest test since his return in Solis.

The 30-year-old was a celebrated amateur who won a gold medal for his native Cuba. Solis does not have a lot of professional experience has risen to the occasion and his two biggest victories occurred against a faded Monte Barrett and a slow Ray Austin. Solis can quick hands, good skills, and very hungry. However, Solis slaps his punches often and his conditioning is in great question due to his weight in-between fights.

Klitschko-Solis is a very big fight in Germany because Solis defected from Cuba to begin his pro-career in Germany before fighting in the United States. They recognize and remember him and will wait his challenge of Vitali with great anticipation.

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora

Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), in defense of the unified IBF/WBO heavyweight championship, battles Britain’s Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) on April 29, in Manheim, Germany.

Wladimir was supposed to have fought Chisora in December, but an abdominal strain a few days before the fight forced an immediate cancellation. Wladimir’s fight with Chisora is expected to be target practice for the unified heavyweight champion, as he is currently negotiating a fight with WBA champion counterpart David Haye. The two haven’t been able to come to terms in recent years, but are closing-in on a July 2, bout in Europe. Wladimir (along with older brother Vitali) both agreed to a potential fight with Tomasz Adamek in September as well. Adamek returns to Prudential Center.

Tomasz Adamek’s road toward the world heavyweight championship goes through Mike Tyson conqueror, Kevin McBride on Saturday, April 9, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Adamek, if victorious, will face either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight championship in September.

“April 9th is an important fight for both fighters: in Kevin McBride’s case this is a great opportunity for him; in Tomasz’s case he has a great opportunity ahead of him in Poland where he has an offer to fight one of the Klitschko brothers in September. But Tomasz does not like to be idle,” said Kathy Duva, the CEO of Main Events.

Adamek is 5-0 since vacating the IBF cruiserweight title in 2009. Adamek has defeated Michael Grant, Andrew Golota, and Chris Arreola – all were highly rated championship challengers. One more win and on come the Klitschkos.

“This is my next step before Klitschko,” Adamek said. “My wife says I have ADHD, I cannot sit still at home with nothing doing, this is my life.”

Adamek-McBride will be televised on Pay-Per-View at a suggested retail of $29.95.

“Action Heroes” looms

Saturday, April 9, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, “Action Heroes” will takes place with a series of action-packed fights not seen on television beginning at 9 PM/ET.

Former three-division world champion Erik Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) looks to improve to 4-0 since ending a three-year retirement in 2010. Morales, famous for his trilogies with Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquaio, meets power-punching Marcos Rene Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) in the main event.

Plus, former WBC/WBA and IBF junior middleweight champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) returns to face Matthew Macklin (28-2, 19 KOs), a European champion. Also, former world champions Robert Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) will fight Michael Katsidis “The Great” (27-3, 22 KOs).