By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today
As previosly reported, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) has injured himself in the last days before his September 6 clash against IBF official contender Kubrat Pulev (20, 11 KOs). The fight was scheduled to take place in O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The injury is torn left biceps, which was diagnosed on Friday. According to the Ukrainian promoters KMG, the bout will be rescheduled and will take place at the end of October. The new date must be approved by both German broadcaster RTL and the O2 Arena.
“I can confirm that Mr. Klitschko was injured during sparring,” KMG press relations officer Lorenz Eichhorn told the Bulgarian media. “Bild” newspaper reported that the fight will be rescheduled for the end of October. According to the organizers of the event all the sold tickets will be valid for the new date, which will be announced soon.
Pulev’s promoters Sauerland Event confirmed the news. “Klitschko injured, Pulev will have to wait for his shot at the world titles, likely end of October,” wrote Kalle Sauerland on his twitter.
Our sources told us that there are bigger chances the fight will take place in November. The two free Saturdays at O2 Arena are the 15th and 22nd.
The last time Klitschko has such an injury was four years ago when he was scheduled to fight Derreck Chisora on December 11, 2010. Three days prior to the clash, the Ukrainian cited an abdominal muscle injury, sustained during training and rescheduled the fight for April 30, 2011. The match new date was canceled for the second time and Klitschko went to fight David Haye in July 2011.
Ognian Georgiev is a Bulgarian sports journalist and author of the book “The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story”. You may find more about him on his blog: http://ogigeorgiev.wordpress.com/