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Vitali Klitschko not sure whether Haye is willing to fight him or Wladimir

By Chris Williams: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KO’s) isn’t sure whether WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) is willing to fight him or his brother IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Vitali says “Fights against David Haye and Nikolay Valuev are interesting fights, but I am not sure if they dare to step in the ring with me or my brother [Wladimir].” Haye has an opportunity to fight Wladimir Klitschko right now, but is dragging his heels about fighting him. Haye says he wants a rest after beating John Ruiz by a 9th round stoppage on April 3rd and wants to spend more time with his family rather than fight Wladimir.

More than likely, Wladimir will be forced to take the fight with his IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin instead of facing Haye. In the meantime, Haye, after his rest, will likely then face the winner of this Saturday’s WBA heavyweight eliminator bout between Kali Meehan and Ruslan Chagaev. Facing one of those two fighters will be much easier than fighting the dangerous Wladimir Klitschko. Haye would also prefer to fight 38-year-old Vitali Klitschko rather than the younger, faster and more powerful Wladimir. Obviously, Wladimir’s assets effectively pretty much every important strengths that Haye has going for him. Vitali is much slower, doesn’t hit as hard as Wladimir and doesn’t move as well. Haye could then try to box him like he did against the slow moving Valuev last year.

Vitali will be facing Alberto Sosnowski on May 29th in Germany. It will be Vitali’s 4th title defense of his World Boxing Council belt, which he won in 2008 with an 8th round stoppage of then champion Samuel Peter.

Vitali says “I have trained very hard and I am in very good condition. I am prepared to go 12 rounds if I have to. Alberto Sosnowski is not a big name and not so famous in boxing so far. But that does not count at all. He will be very powerful and will always go forward. He will do anything to get my title.”

It looks like Vitali is trying to build up Sosnowski and make him look more creditable than he is. Sosnowski might beat Vitali in a bodybuilding contest, but in the boxing ring he’s going to be hopelessly out-classed. Sosnowski has faced no one near the talent level of Vitali and most of Sosnowski’s wins have come against 2nd and 3rd tier opponents. Sosnowski’s best wins have come against Danny Williams and Paolo Vidoz. He fought to a 12 round draw against Francesco Pianeta last year. In 2008, Sosnowski lost a one-sided eight round decision to journeyman Zuri Lawrence. At 6’2”, Sosnowski is a lot shorter than the 6’7” Klitschko and doesn’t have the big power or speed to compensate for his lack of size. This fight will be lucky to go six rounds.

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