Monday, December 2, 2013
V. Klitschko decision put off again
By Dan Rafael
The wait for heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko to decide his boxing future is on hold yet again, this time for another two weeks, until Dec. 15.
Klitschko, who is now more politician in Ukraine than heavyweight boxer, owes Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) a mandatory defense, which is way overdue. The purse bid for the fight has been put off multiple times and, when Klitschko said a few months ago that he had a hand injury and would be out for the rest of 2013, was then called off.
The situation was supposed to be addressed at the WBC's annual convention last month, but Klitschko was granted a delay for a decision on his plans until Nov. 30. But on Sunday, Klitschko announced that he has been given until Dec. 15 to make a decision on what he wants to do.
It's very clear that the WBC hasn't followed its own rules on mandatory defenses and has given Klitschko unusual latitude: The 42-year-old Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs) hasn't fought since a fourth-round knockout of Manuel Charr in September 2012, and his mandatory was due months ago.