The entire Klitschko-Chisora card canceled along with main event
By Jim Dower: A big casualty of IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s cancellation of his December 11th bout with Derek Chisora was that the entire undercard was canceled along with that fight. There were a lot of interesting fights that now won’t be taking place this weekend, and that’s unfortunate. Cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi had a stay busy fight against Lubos Suda, lightweight Gabor was facing Alfred Kotey, middleweight contender Andy Lee had a career building fight against Daniel Urbanski and light middleweight Domonique Dolton was supposed to be fighting Joe Rea.
Klitschko, 34, sustained a two inch tear of his left abdominal muscle which was diagnosed by a CT scan at a local hospital in Mannheim, Germany. The injury was bad enough that Wladimir will need at least six weeks for it to heal. In the meantime, his fight with Chisora now doesn’t look like it’s going to be rescheduled. There’s talk of Wladimir moving on and attempting to put together a fight with WBA heavyweight champion David Haye. Should that fight not get put together, Chisora will likely be the backup plan for Wladimir to stay busy against.
Chisora is still a serviceable opponent because he’s one of the best heavyweights in the UK right now, and Wladimir wants to build up his name value among casual British boxing fans so that he can increase the attention of a future fight against Haye. Ideally, Wladimir wanted to fight Chisora first and then Haye, but the injury may have changed Wladimir’s mind. He will now attempt to arrange a fight with Haye.