Vitali hasn't decided if he will keep fighting

January, 16, 2013
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Tom Loeffler of K2, the promotional outfit named for the fighting Klitschko brothers, the heavyweight standouts Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, spoke to ESPNNewYork.com today about what’s next for the Brothers K.

Loeffler was at Kingsway Gym with his middleweight sniper Gennady Golovkin, who meets Gabriel Rosado at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night.

Loeffler said it’s likely that little brother Wlad will fight in April, foe TBD. Germany will be the location for the tussle. One potential foe, Alexander Povetkin, holds the WBA “regular” belt while Wlad holds their “super” title. The WBA would like to see Povetkin meet Wlad, but it has seemed like Povetkin isn’t as keen to do the same. Loeffler says that sanctioning body is working to hash the matter out. The 36-year-old Wlad holds the IBF crown, and Tomasz Adamek and Kubrat Pulev are supposed to duke it out with the winner to be crowned the No. 1 rated challenger. And he holds the WBO belt, with that body asking No. 1 rated Robert Helenius to fight an eliminator to meet the WBO champ, Loeffler told us.

The 41 year-old Vitali has been busy doing the politics thing in Ukraine, where he is a member of parliament. He has not decided, Loeffler said, if he will glove up again, or concentrate fully on the political arena. “We should know within a month,” he said. “If he did fight, it would be before May.”

A Vitali fight against David Haye, the Brit who talked himself into a fight with Wladimir in July 2011, and then fought scared, losing a unanimous decision, is the most desired potential bout out there, from a fan's perspective. It's not at the top of Vitali's to do list, though, according to Loeffler. If it ever came to pass, “Vitali would want to knock Haye out,” Loeffler said. “Vitali I think would take more chances to go for the knockout.”

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Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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