KLITSCHKO TIME! Vitali defends WBC title against Derek Chisora

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: February 14, 2012

The Champ and Chump

The Champ and Chump

NEW YORK, NY. (BASN)WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs) defends his title against Britain’s Derek Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday, February 18, from Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.

It will be Vitali’s 17th career world title fight dating back to his thrilling second-round knockout of Herbie Hide for the WBO heavyweight crown in June 1999.

Vitali Klitschko along with younger brother Wladimir, are the only brothers to hold the heavyweight championship simultaneously. They have all the belts and are head-and-shoulders, the class of the heavyweight division.

Vitali and Wladimir work diligently to keep the heavyweight championships unified, as they have undertaken the daunting task of fulfilling each fight year by fighting as often as possible. The Klitschko brothers are taking on all comers.

Vitali, since his return from a 3 ½-year absence, has been unstoppable: starching Samuel Peter, Juan Carlos Gomez, Chris Arreola, Kevin Johnson, Albert Sosnowski, Shannon Briggs, Odlandier Solis, and Tomasz Adamek.

At 6′ 7,” 245 pounds Vitali Klitschko’s reign at the top of the heavyweight class appears endless. It’s astonishing to see Klitschko dismantle heavyweight, after heavyweight, year-after-year with superior technique, precision and remarkable knockout power. He has certainly lived up to the name “Dr. Iron Fist.”

The opponents may differ, but the results are the same – Klitschko by KO. The story doesn’t change. It’s the ‘same-old, same-old’ when it comes to Klitschko. However, the story, intrigue, and the performance never get old. Vitali is an action fighter. He will seek you inside the ring. He will plod, plummet, push, and press for a knockout.

Chisora, 28, London, England, doesn’t figure to give Klitschko, 40, Ukraine, any problems. He doesn’t have the punching power or the conditioning to dethrone Klitschko. Chisora did make headlines stating that he was going to stop Klitschko in eight rounds. Chisora appears confident, as proven in recent performances against Danny Williams, Sam Sexton, and rising heavyweight contender Robert Helinius. Chisora unexpectedly gave Helinius a very tough fight that many people believe he had won, but lost on a split-decision in December.

Chisora is tough, but Vitali is tougher with more experience. Klitschko is simply the better fighter and is expected to win by knockout once more.

Vitali and Wladimir will be fighting two weeks apart. Wladimir (56-3, 49 KOs) defends the unified IBF/WBA/ WBO and RING Magazine heavyweight championships against former unified cruiserweight champion, Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday, March 3, at ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Zab Judah, NBC Fight Night invades Aviator

For the first time in his professional career, former world champion Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) will be fighting for the first time in his native Brooklyn, NY.

Judah will battle unbeaten Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KOs) in the main event of the second installment of NBC Fight Night at the Aviator Sports and Event Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY.

“All I want to say is, I love Brooklyn,” Judah said in a recent statement.

Judah has nearly every top fighter from 140-147 throughout his storied career including Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Kostya Tszyu, and Amir Khan. Judah, a former two-division titlist, will challenge Paris to determine the No.1-ranked contender in the IBF rankings.

Paris, the fresh young face on the rise in this important crossroads fight, is anxious to put a hurting on Judah.

“If you think Kostya Tszyu had him dancing in the ring wait ’til you see what I’m going to do Zab,” Paris said. “He will be ready for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ or at least as a back up dancer in one of his friends videos.”

In addition to Judah-Paris, two heavyweight fights will also be on the card.

Former WBO heavyweight titlist Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs) will meet Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings (12-0, 5 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder. Plus, Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), fighting for the first time since losing to Vitali Klitschko in front of 40,000 fans in a soccer stadium in Poland last September, will be in action.

For more information, contact Peltz Boxing at (215) 765-0922 or www.peltzboxing.com. The first bout is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The NBC Sports broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET.