June 20, 2009

VIDEO: Klitschko vs. Chagaev Fight

See below, Klitschko defeated Chagaev by TKO...

VIDEO: Klitschko vs. Chagaev Fight

When Wladimir Klitschko stepped into the ring against Ruslan Chagaev at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday, it was in front of the largest boxing audience in Germany since Max Schmeling fought in the 1930s.

Klitschko, the IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, was supposed to be fighting David Haye to settle a running verbal feud. But Haye bowed out earlier this month, saying he had injured his back.

Haye asked to reschedule the fight in July, but Klitschko wanted to keep the date and the 60,000-seat sellout — the biggest boxing crowd in Germany since Schmeling fought Adolf Heuser in front of 70,000 people in Stuttgart on June 2, 1939.

"It's a chance that's coming around for the first time in my entire sporting career," the 33-year-old Ukrainian said. "I'm incredibly excited about the 60,000 fans."

The 30-year-old Chagaev was named the WBA's "champion in recess" in 2008 after withdrawing from two fights against Nikolai Valuev. After a third bout between the two scheduled for last month in Helsinki was canceled due to Hepatitis-B antigens being found in Chagaev's blood, the WBA announced Valuev as the rightful champion and put Chagaev's honorary title "under review."

Video coming as soon as it's available!

VIDEO: Klitschko vs. Chagaev Fight

Posted at June 20, 2009 5:18 PM

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