Main Events divulges May press release
Has the WBC been telling both sides of the heavyweight dispute exactly what they want to hear? While Hasim Rahman and Monte Barrett prepare to fight for the WBC interim title, champion Vitali Klitschko is seeking a mandatory defense that is seemingly not permitted by WBC rules. Today, Main Events distributed what is labeled a “press release” dating back to May 2005 in which the WBC discussed whether Klitschko would get the right to make yet another optional defense. The so-called press release, which was never actually released to the press, reads, “If, as expected, Vitali Klitschko is able to fight again in September, the WBC will have no problem in approving the voluntary defense, in the understanding that the winners will have to contend for the undisputed title of the World Boxing Council.” If you read this carefully, the WBC did not actually approve a voluntary defense for Klitschko, it only said that "it would have no problem" doing so, which is not quite the same thing. Klitschko now wants to take advantage of this letter to face Calvin Brock, a Main Events boxer. However, Rahman, Barrett and their promoter Don King have been urging the WBC to follow its rules, which are clear: under the rules, Klitschko must face the interim champion next. Now this "press release" which has supposedly been in the possession of Klitschko’s advisor Shelly Finkel since May 5th, casts some doubts on the WBC’s intentions but doens't quite give Klitschko what he wanted. The WBC is expected to make a final ruling this week, but if this press release is legitimate, the way things are going in boxing lately, the losing side in this dispute may take this matter to court.