Klitschko dominated as he kept Charr ast distance. Char tried and once in a while was successful getting shots into Klitscko. Klitschko scored a knockdown in the second from a little right hand on the inside. Charr was cut around the right eye in round two and a right hand caused a bigger cut around the left eye in round four and the fight was stopped at 2:04 of round four.
Klitschko, 248 1/2 lbs is now 45-2 with forty-one knockouts
MOSCOW, RUSSIA (September 5, 2012) K2 Promotions’ week got off to a sensational start this past SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 as WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin became the talk of the boxing world storming to a fifth round stoppage of European Champion Grzegorz Proksa in his highly anticipated US and HBO debut.
This SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against Manuel Charr at the Olimpiyskiy Sports Arena in Moscow, Russia which will also be broadcast on a tape delayed basis on HBO (9:45pm ET/6:45pm PT).
Also this Saturday, HBO will present the US broadcast premiere of KLITSCHKO, a revealing all-access look at Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, the first brothers ever to unify the heavyweight titles.
Directed by International Emmy winner Sebastian Dehnhardt and spanning four decades, the Cold War, an Olympic gold medal, a nuclear disaster, a political campaign and seven world championship titles, the documentary details the two brothers’ rise to athletic supremacy when it debuts SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 (5:30-7:30 p.m. ET/PT).
Landing in Moscow following Golovkin’s huge win, Tom Loeffler, manager director of K2 Promotions spoke about working with HBO on both fights and the documentary.
“Gennady’s spectacular performance has captured the boxing world’s interest in seeing him again and HBO is very interested in having him back soon.”
“We’re also very proud to work with the terrific team at HBO on Vitali’s fight on Saturday and with the exclusive US broadcast of the brothers’ compelling documentary.”
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According to the Klitschko Twitter account, WBC Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will meet undefeated yet unheralded German Manuel Charr on September 8th in Moscow, Russia.
Klitschko, 44-2 with forty knockouts will be making the ninth defense of the currant reign as champion and will take on Charr who is 21-0 eleven knockouts
Marquee Fights Featuring Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and the Klitschko Brothers Highlight Summer Boxing on Sundays and Mondays
Sunday Night Fights on MSG at 8:00 p.m.
Monday Night Fights on MSG+ at 8:00 p.m.
New York, NY (June 29, 2012) – Starting in July and running throughout the summer, MSG Networks will entertain fight fans with a full slate of recent and classic boxing programming featuring some of the top names in the sport, including Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Sunday Night Fights on MSG and Monday Night Fights on MSG+, part of MSG Networks’ Summer Block Party, start every week at 8:00 p.m.
On Sunday nights in July, MSG presents “EPIX Fights” for some of the most exciting recent heavyweight championship bouts, including Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora for the WBC world heavyweight title and Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck for the WBA/IBF/WBO world heavyweight championship.
Monday nights on MSG+ are all about Oscar De La Hoya, the former ten-time champ, as the network showcases the “Golden Boy” against some of his toughest opponents, including “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Julio Cesar Chavez. The “Fight Sports Boxing” events showcase the full breadth of the acclaimed fighter’s career, including victories over 17 world champions.
Beginning Sunday, July 29, MSG Network will present “MEGA Fights!” featuring some of the best Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. bouts, including Pacquiao’s 2007 WBC International Super Featherweight bout versus Marco Antonio Barrera and Mayweather Jr.’s 2007 battle with Ricky Hatton. Additional “Mega Fights!” bouts on the schedule include: Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (2008), Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya (2008), Mayweather Jr. vs. Mosley (2010) and Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito (2009).
Below is a full schedule for MSG Networks’ upcoming boxing programming:
MSG SUNDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
SUNDAY, JULY 1
8:00pm EPIX Boxing ‘12: Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora, February 18, 2012- Set in Munich, Germany, Britain’s Chisora challenged the reigning champion Klitschko for the WBC world heavyweight title. After a volatile weigh-in, fans watched as Chisora entered the ring as the underdog against the Ukrainian fighter in his 12th title defense in three reigns as world champion.
SUNDAY, JULY 8
8:00pm EPIX Boxing ‘12: Alexander Povetkin vs. Marco Huck, February 25, 2012- WBO Cruiserweight Champion, Huck made his heavyweight division debut in front of his hometown crowd in Germany going round for round against WBA heavyweight champion Povetkin in what proved to be an exciting and aggressive fight.
SUNDAY, JULY 22
8:00pm EPIX Boxing ‘12: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck, March 3, 2012- The youngest of the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir puts his WBO/WBA/IBF and RING heavyweight championship titles on the line against Jean-Marc Mormeck in Germany.
SUNDAY, JULY 29
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! WBC International Super Featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Manny Pacquiao, October 6, 2007- Entering the ring as the “2006 Fighter of the Year,” boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao faced three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera in a Vegas rumble.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton, December 8, 2007- Mayweather (38-0) puts his WBC Welterweight Championship on the line against Britain’s Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (43-0) and hands him his first career loss with a tenth round TKO.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, March 15, 2008- In the second fight of their exciting trilogy, Pacquiao and Marquez returned to the ring to settle the controversial draw of their first bout. With the decision coming down to the judges’ scorecards, Pacquiao notched a split decision.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Welterweight super fight Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya, December 6, 2008- Reigning as the World Boxing Council’s lightweight king at the time of the fight, Manny Pacquiao defeats Oscar De La Hoya in his first welterweight bought.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton. May 2, 2009- In what was promoted as “The Battle of East and West,” Pacquiao dropped Ricky Hatton twice in the first round, and quickly finished the IBO and Ring Magazine junior welterweight champ off in the last moment of the second round.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, September 19, 2009- Returning from a nearly two-year retirement, Mayweather Jr. faced lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in a non-title welterweight match-up. Dominating each round, Mayweather took the unanimous decision.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Shane Mosley, May 1, 2010- In a “show and prove” response to his critics, Mayweather secured a lopsided unanimous decision after going 12 rounds with Shane Mosley in their WBA welterweight match.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! Bernard Hopkins vs. Roy Jones, Jr., April 3, 2010- The reunion 17 years after their first, Hopkins and Jones Jr. go toe to toe, exchanging bitter blows with Hopkins winning the 12-round fight by unanimous decision.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! WBO Lightweight & WBA Super World Lightweight Title Fight- Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz, February 28, 2009- Voted “Fight of the Year” by The Boxing Writers Association of America, Marquez and Diaz went to war in the WBA and WBO Lightweight World Title fight. Marquez proved victorious, stopping Diaz in the ninth round.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG: MEGA Fights! WBA Super World Welterweight Title- Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito, January 24, 2009- Mosley scores his most impressive victory of his late career when he knocked out Margarito in the ninth round to claim the WBA welterweight title.
MSG+ MONDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
MONDAY, JULY 2
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., September 18, 1998- After their 1996 bout where De La Hoya pummeled the legendary Chavez for four rounds before being stopped by a ringside doctor, the two reunited in a memorable rematch resulting in Chavez quitting on his stool before the start of the ninth round.
9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ricardo Mayorga, May 6, 2006- Over a year and a half after the only knockout loss of his career, De La Hoya redeemed himself with a sixth-round TKO of Ricardo Mayorga in Las Vegas. The victory gave De La Hoya his 10th world title (in six weight classes).
MONDAY, JULY 9
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley, June 17, 2000- “Sugar” Shane Mosley made nine successful defenses of the IBF lightweight title before moving up two divisions to face Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight championship in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. After 12 back-and-forth rounds, Mosley took the split-decision victory.
9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Greatest Classics: Special Edition: Medalist: De La Hoya vs. Grable- Just five fights into his boxing career, Oscar De La Hoya took on Mike Grable in a bout that extended his undefeated record to 6-0 knocking down Grable twice, on his way to a unanimous eight-round decision.
MONDAY, JULY 16
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, December 6, 2008- Reigning as the World Boxing Council’s lightweight king at the time of the fight, Manny Pacquiao defeats Oscar De La Hoya in his first welterweight bought.
9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Greatest Classics: Special Edition: Medalist: Fighters TBA
MONDAY, JULY 23
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+ In 60: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., September 18, 1998- After their 1996 bout where De La Hoya pummeled the legendary Chavez for four rounds before being stopped by a ringside doctor, the two reunited in a memorable rematch resulting in Chavez quitting on his stool before the start of the ninth round.
9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Greatest Classics: Special Edition: Medalist: Fighters TBA
MONDAY, JULY 30
8:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Fighters TBA
9:00pm Fight Sports Boxing on MSG+: Fighters TBA
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Promoter Ahmet Oner: “If Vitali wants a worthy ending for his great career he should give Solis another shot!”
On May 19th Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis returned to action by outclassing IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich in Pharr, Texas. It was Solis’ first fight since suffering a bad knee injury at the end of the first round of his WBC world heavyweight title fight against Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 in Germany.
Now the WBC awarded the Cuban’s comeback win with the no. 10 spot in their heavyweight ratings putting Solis in a position where he is a potential challenger for Klitschko’s title again. Vitali has already announced that he wants to fight again in early September in Kiev (Ukraine); lots of names have been discussed but no deal has been officially announced yet.
“Vitali is a great champion who has had a very impressive career. If he wants a worthy ending for his championship reign he should give Odlanier Solis another shot at the title. There is definitely no better challenger for him out there at the moment”, says Solis’ promoter Ahmet Oner.
The first fight in March ended after only three minutes. At the post fight presser Oner and Klitschko manager Bernd Boente had a lively discussion about the question whether Vitali knocked the Cuban out or it was Solis’ knee injury ending the fight. But not only the involved managers couldn’t come to an agreement. Lots of fans and experts still argue about the ending of Klitschko vs. Solis I.
“I was very emotional immediately after the fight”, states Oner. “From today’s perspective I see the whole story more relaxed. Everybody knows that Bernd Boente and I will never be best friends forever but in the end we are both businessmen and I’m sure we could come to an agreement for the sake of the sport and the business. This is not a personal thing between me and him; it’s a championship fight the world wants to see – rather than Vitali beating up a nameless tomato can.”
Oner is convinced that there is a broad public interest in Germany and all over the world in a potential rematch between Klitschko and Solis: “It doesn’t matter how you see the ending of the first fight. At the end of the day Solis suffered a bad injury – and these two have unfinished business because they couldn’t end their fight. There are too many unanswered questions just to ignore them. Vitali has the chance to prove that he is not only a great champion but a great personality, too. He can give Solis the chance for a rematch he has always requested from Lennox Lewis. Vitali know how it feels to lose a fight because of an injury. I hope that he remembers that and gives Solis the shot he never got from Lennox.”
Oner doesn’t comment on specific names which were discussed as possible opponents for Vitali over the past weeks: “I don’t want to take anything away from anybody. But I think everybody who knows boxing also knows that Solis is the best option for Vitali from a sportive perspective. And we are even ready to prove that! There are still three months to go until early September. Solis would face any of the names discussed in an elimination bout. We can do it next week if necessary. Solis would not only step into the ring against any possible opponent right aways – he would also beat all of the names who have been discussed over the past weeks!”
Adds “La Sombra”: “It would be great if Vitali gave me another chance. I want to prove what I can do to him when my knee doesn’t give in. I know that I will be heavyweight champion of the world. But to be the legitimate champion I have to beat the best – and Vitali is the best. When I fough Airich I wasn’t at 100 percent. It was good to see that I can go 12 rounds though. And for a possible fight in September I have enough time to get into the best possible shape. If Vitali is looking for a real challenge for his last fight I am ready to go!”
Fritz Sdunek says Vitali Klitschko would eat Marco Huck alive Huck responds: “I bring more to the table than all the tomato cans Vitali is negotiating with at the moment.”
Champion coach Fritz Sdunek has been quoted on a Russian boxing website stating that „Vitali Klitschko would eat Marco Huck alive.“
WBO Cruiserweight champion Huck is surprised by the statement of Klitschko’s long-time coach.
“I respect Mr. Sdunek a lot but I am surely no snack for either Klitschko brother”, says Huck. “I guess there was a mistake in the translation. You only have to look at all the names currently discussed as possible opponent for Vitali for September to know that I would be a far better option than any of the guys they are talking about. At least I always come to fight.
I know that I didn’t have my best day against Ola Afolabi – but I hung in there and defended my title. A fight against either Klitschko brother would be a completely different story. Afolabi was a mandatory fight, so I did what I had to do.
If Fritz Sdunek wants to know what a fight between me and Vitali would look like he should watch the tape of me beating up Alexander Povetkin. That is the kind of Marco Huck Vitali would need to be ready for. And he would look as clumsy as Povetkin who was a huge favourite against me as well.
But instead Vitali prefers to pick some kind of vegetable from the patch which is known as WBC world ratings. Fritz Sdunek was quoted saying I shouldn’t even talk about a Klitschko fight. With all due respect, Mr. Sdunek, you mentioned my name and brought it up right now. And I think it’s because you know that none of the tomato cans Vitali is negotiating at the moment brings as much to the table as I do.”
2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis will step into the ring with 267.5 lbs. for his comeback fight after a 14 months layoff due to the knee injury he suffered when challenging WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in March 2011. This is about the same weight „La Sombra“ had when he annihilated former world title challengers Monte Barrett (in October 2009 in New York) and Carl Davis Drummond (in March 2010 in Key West).
Reigning and defending IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich weighed in at 225.75 lbs. The fight at the Convention Center in Pharr (Texas) is promoted by Main Events and ARENA Box. Highlights will be shown in the Telefutura „Solo Boxeo“ broadcast tomorrow night.
Three top highlights at Erfurt´s night of boxing: Boxing fans will not only be looking forward to the WBO cruiserweight world championship between Marco “Captain” Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) and Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) but also to two other world-class title bouts. Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) will defend his WBO super-middleweight belt against Georg Groves (14-0, 11 KOs). The heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) and Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) will fight it out for the vacant European title.
Especially the fight for the European heavyweight crown promises to be very interesting. Therefore both fighters are extremely eager to step into the ring. “The fight against Alexander Dimitrenko is going to be the toughest of my career to this point,” says the 30-year-old Pulev. And it seems that the prodigy of coach Otto Ramin might be correct with his prediction. The former European champion is currently number two in the WBO rankings. Although Pulev is completely focusing on his upcoming task with Dimitrenko, he still announced: “First I want to be the champion of Europe. After that I will start thinking about which Klitschko I want to fight next.”
The possibility of a shot against one of the Klitschko brothers is something Dimitrenko has not even thought about: “The only thing on my mind is the fight for the European title in Erfurt. I do not care about what other people are saying. I am taking one step after the other.” The 29-year-old also got himself a new coach in the Brit Scott Welch, to ensure that he will be victorious against Pulev. “We are currently preparing in Aschaffenburg,” admitted the former European champion. “Due to an injury I had to vacate my title. Now I am completely fine and I want to be the champion of Europe once more.”
The Brit George Groves is even aiming for a world title. Unfortunately the 24-year-old prodigy of coach Adam Booth could not attend the press conference in Erfurt. Nevertheless the current WBO super-middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz is not taking his opponent lightly. “He is a good guy – young and hungry for success. But he hasn’t been in as many fights as I have. I believe that my experience is going to make the difference and give me the advantage for this bout,” according to the 32-year-old.
SES coach Dirk Dzemski is also expecting a victory: “Robert has held his title for three years now. He has every reason to be optimistic when he steps into the ring.”
A title defence against Arthur Abraham is next on the cards. Frederick Ness, general manager of Sauerland Event: “We are happy that Robert Stieglitz is part of the fight card in Erfurt. He is a great athlete. If he should win against Groves, we can all look forward to an all German showdown versus Arthur.”
One year ago Cuban heavyweight sensation suffered a bad knee injury when challenging WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne, Germany. At the end of the first round which he would have won on the scorecards, Solis’ knee gave in, forcing the referee to stop the fight. „La Sombra“ had to undergo surgery three times and was unable to get back into the ring so far even though his comeback had been announced a couple of times last year. Now the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple world amateur champion ist finally set to return to action on May 19th in Texas on a show promoted by Kathy Duva (Main Events) along with Ahmet Oner (ARENA).
At the moment Solis is in training camp in Florida with champion coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez who is also preparing Miguel Cotto for his light middleweight mega fight against Floyd Mayweather jr. on May 5th in Las Vegas.
„It feels great to be finally back in action and working on my comeback“, says Solis. „The last twelve months have been hell with a lot of setbacks but now I’m ready to go at it again. Of course, it adds some extra motivation to work with a great champion like Miguel Cotto. We have lots of fun at camp but, of course, we are both very focused and working hard on our goals.“
Solis’ opponent for his comeback fight has not been announced yet but promoter Ahmet Oner knows that his fighter doesn’t need an easy build up against any kind of journey man.
„Solis is a spezial fighter“, says Oner. „I still believe that he is the biggest force in the heavyweight division besides the Klitschko brothers. In the last weeks and months I heard lots of people talking about the heavyweight division and discussing all different kinds of names as possible Klitschko challengers or heavyweight hopes. I never heard the name Odlanier Solis. People overlooked him because he has been out of action for quite a while but I am sure that his comeback fight will put him right back on the map. We will not waste any time with fights against tomato cans. We are looking for a real test for his comeback. It’s not easy because there are not many fighters out there who actually dare to step into the ring with Solis but I’m sure that we will present a good solution very soon. When Solis stays healthy and doesn’t suffer any more injuries, I am sure that he will be world champion very soon. We will go after Wladimir Klitschko immediately. But of course, we would be ready for a rematch with Vitali as well. Solis is one of very few fighters in the world who could actually beat both brothers and I am convinced that he will prove it once he gets another chance.“
Vitali Klitschko made the eleventh successful defense (over two interrupted reigns) of the WBC Heavyweight title when he scored a twelve round unanimous decision over willing challenger Dereck Chisora in Munich, Germany.
Klitschko basically won the fight with one hand as as he landed some solid right hands in every round. Unlike most Klitschko opponents, Chisora actually fought hard and came to win for all twelve rounds but he was unable to land the big shot as he was caught time and again by the right hand. Klitschko used his size to cut off Chisora but the champion was better in all aspects.
Klitschko of Ukraine won by scores of 118-110; 118-110 and 119-11 and is now 45-2. Chisora of England is now 15-3.