Vitali Klitschko says he has one or two fights left before retirement – Boxing News!
By William Mackay: With the heavyweight division completely emptied out now that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has been badly exposed and sent packing into retirement, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) says he’ll fight only one or two more times before retiring from the sport.
Vitali told Ukraine television program TVI, “I am now finishing my sports career. I will have one more fight, maybe two at most.”
Vitali has simply run out of opposition. He easily defeated Tomasz Adamek by a 10th round TKO in his last month in September. Vitali already beat contenders Chris Arreola and Odlanier Solis. With Haye in retirement, there are absolutely zero big fights on the horizon for Vitali. All he has to look forward to is facing the winner of the Eddie Chambers vs. Tony Thompson fight or possibly WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck if he decides to move up in weight to take on Vitali.
Neither options are particularly appealing and won’t bring Vitali the big money he would like to get. Vitali’s best bet is to try and coax Haye out of retirement. If he can get Haye back, Vitali will get a nice payday to retire on. The best possible fight out there for Vitali is a fight against 6’6 ½” heavyweight contender Robert Helenius. However, Helenius’ handlers are reluctant to put him in with either of the Klitschkos just yet. Helenius still is very raw and would lose badly to Vitali if this fight were to be made.
Vitali has already retired once before, so it’s difficult to see another retirement as a permanent thing. If a popular fighter emerges, we could see Vitali coming out of retirement to test himself against that fighter in the future. The problem is all of the heavyweight contenders are so mediocre at this point. The best of the bunch is Helenius, David Price and Tyson Fury. However, those guys wouldn’t stand a chance against Vitali and it wouldn’t be interesting unless you like watching massacres.
Once Vitali is gone his little brother IBF/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, now 35, will rule the heavyweight division with an iron fist. He’ll likely grab Vitalis WBC title once he’s gone if Wladimir can get the eventual WBC champion to fight him in a unification bout.
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