By Matt Richardson
“This is the theater of the absurd,” said Oleg Maskaev promoter Dennis Rappaport in response to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s complaint with the WBC because he has to fight two mandatory challengers in a row. “Klitschko is fighting about the very same thing he received. What does this guy have a double standard? One for the rest of the world and one for the Klitschko’s?” A year ago, Maskaev was in the same position Klitschko is in now: a mandatory defense against Samuel Peter which was to be followed by a mandatory defense against Klitschko. Maskaev lost to Peter who then lost to Klitschko last October. Now, Klitschko has a March 21st mandatory defense against Juan Carlos Gomez then another due against the former champion, Maskaev. “He’s in the mirror position of Maskaev,” said an exasperated Rappaport. “Why didn’t he cry when it benefited him? It’s really like a joke. Now he wants to attack the very same thing he benefited from!” Maskaev (35-6, 27 KO’s) meanwhile, will next fight on March 14th in the Republic of Mordovia against journeyman Rich Boruff.