By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Tomorrow (Friday, June 21st) WBC cruiserweight champion Krysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33 KOs) faces unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12 KOs) in a highly anticipated world title fight at the Dynamo Sports Palace in Moscow, Russia.
Both guys looked in tremendous shape and had no problems making the weight. Wlodarczyk brought 90.1 kg / 198.6 lbs. to the scale while Chakhkiev weighed in at 89.0 kg / 196.2 lbs. At the rules meeting after the weigh-in the teams got into a lengthy discussion over the gloves in absence of both fighters. Wlodarczyk’s team presented Mexican Everlast gloves which obviously had a by far softer padding especially in the center of the glove than the Cleto Reyes provided by Chakhkiev’s team. Even though the WBC officials recommended to use the Reyes, the Polish team insisted on a contract clause that they could provide their own gloves. In the end both parties agreed to fight in the Mexican Everlast.
“The team of Wlodarczyk thought they were smart bringing these puncher’s gloves. But they will regret it tomorrow because now that Rakhim gets to fight in their gloves he might tear Wlodarczyk’s head off. The ones they brought were no boxing gloves but assault weapons. But they asked for it, tomorrow their fighter will pay the price,” said Chakhkiev’s promoter Slawa Karakash.