Monday, April 18, 2005

Brief Comments -- Vitali Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman delayed again

By JE Grant

Vitali Klitschko, 33, WBC heavyweight champion has once again delayed his twice scheduled title defense against former champion Hasim Rahman.

A thigh injury delayed the bout the first time, but his latest injury is apparently more serious. A back injury is affecting his left leg perhaps necessitating surgery. Such injuries often involve injury to the spinal column and require either medication or surgical repair. In either case, healing is not quick and though September has been set for the rescheduled event, that may also be optimistic.

According to Eastside Boxing, "the WBC could call for an interim championship bout between Hasim Rahman (40-5-1, 33 KOs) and number # 3 WBC ranked challenger, Monte Barrett (31-3, 17 KO’s). " Such a bout is very dangerous for Rahman but the upside for him is that if Klitschko is deemed unfit to fight again, he would be made permanent champion, something that seems unlikely. Barrett has proven to be a tough battler and Rahman has a history of not being "up" for lesser bouts --- this could be a bad combination for the former champ.

Only time will tell about Klitschko. We'll continue to monitor his condition.

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