Vitali Must Wait: Peter Gets Maskaev First
Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will have to wait a little bit longer than expected if he wants to try and reclaim the title he vacated when he retired in November 2005.
Officials from the camps of Klitschko, Samuel Peter, and Oleg Maskaev have ruled that Peter, the mandatory challenger, will get his shot at current champion Maskaev this summer.
“All the parties involved have acknowledged this agreement,” Dino Duva, Peter’s promoter, told ESPN.com. “Klitschko has agreed to stop pursuing the fight with Maskaev. The WBC orders Maskaev to fight Peter and the winner to fight Vitali before the end of the year. It’s all spelled out so there is no ambiguity.
“I will begin negotiations with [Maskaev promoter] Dennis [Rappaport] immediately. We were told by all the lawyers it is a done deal.”
Duvs and Rappaport will have close to three weeks to agree to a deal or else the WBC will make a call for a purse bid. The purse bid will open up the rights to promote the fight then to the highest bidder.
Promoters • Dino Duva • Weight Classes • Heavyweight • Klitschko Brothers • Oleg Maskaev • Samuel Peter