Friday, February 17, 2012
VKlitschko-Chisora fight to screen in Times Sq.
By Michael Woods
Times Square is a sanitized shell of what it used to be, but that area could be in for a flashback Saturday, because we could see an outbreak of violence. No, I don't have an advance notice of a wilding session by gangbangers during initiation or anything; rather, EPIX will show the Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora heavyweight title fight, which takes place in Munich, on a JumboTron, on Broadway between 44th and 45th Streets. That showing kicks off at 4:30 PM ET.
Chisora (241.18 pounds) is a 15-2 Brit who could quite possibly be in over his head against the robotically talented Vitali (243.6 pounds), one of the most focused athletes the world has known. His concentration is epic, but we may well see it interrupted, because Chisora infuriated Vitali when he slapped him during the pose-off after the two weighed in Friday in Munich.
Chisora smacked him with his right hand, leaving a mark, and Klitschko (age 40; 43-2 record, with 40 KOs) had to be restrained from going at him then and there.
Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champ, is risk-averse, like his little bro Wladimir, who owns the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. This Chisora affront might change his MO, make him fight like the scrap is something more than an ultra-physical chess match. We can hope...
I haven't yet been in Times Square when EPIX does this, but as a fight fan who wants to grow the sport, I love love love the JumboTron move. EPIX is a Viacom creation, and Viacom owns the 'Tron, so that's how this has come to fruition.