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Vitali expected back in September

Derek Chisora Vitali KlitschkoBy Jason Kim: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 40 KO’s) won’t be able to fight three times in 2012 like he was hoping to due the torn left shoulder ligament he suffered in the 3rd round of his 12 round decision win over Dereck Chisora last Saturday night in Munich, Germany.

Klitschko spokesman Klaus Dittrich told ESPN writer Dan Rafael “The plan for Vitali’s next fight is September. Until then he needs to rest and [take part in] physical therapy. Regardless of the injury, this will definitely not be his last fight. He is up for more.”

The injury wipes out Vitali’s previously planned June title defense. That fight can’t happen due to the lengthy amount of time it will require for him to heal from the shoulder injury.

Vitali was forced to fight Chisora with only his right hand after hurting his left shoulder in the 3rd round. Up until the injury, Vitali was jabbing well and over so often connecting with sneaky left hooks that was catching Chisora coming in and causing him problems. However, landing a left hook that connected to the head of Chisora in the 3rd, Vitali almost completely stopping using his left hand. With his left out of commission, Vitali landed a lot of short right hands almost like a jab instead of a power punch and he was forced to move constantly in order to keep out of range. The extra movement really wore Vitali down as the rounds went by until he had next to nothing in the tank in the 11th and 12th rounds. Chisora wasn’t able to take advantage of Vitali’s injury because he was having problems connecting with his power shots with any regularity or rhythm.

Vitali didn’t rule out fighting Chisora again in the future, saying he was disappointed in his performance because he wanted to knock Chisora out. Vitali’s next opponent will likely be one from this bunch of fighters: Chris Arreola, Alexander Dimitrenko, Tyson Fury, Bermane Stiverne, and Mariusz Wach.

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