Alexander Dimitrenko is on a good road of recovery.
Dimitrenko adviser Volker Michael Gruber reported: “Alexander is fine after his surgery. We organized a perfect rehab for him with our team. He works every day with his therapists to get back in the ring. His ambition and his will to be a world champion is still unbroken. I didn’t saw him this determined in a long time.”
The German should have defended his EBU title on Dezember 3rd against his mandatory from Finland Robert Helenius. Cause of his injury Dimitrenko can not fight on this date. The European-Box-Union had to respond on the title situation. Therefore Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) and British Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) will now fight for Dimitrenko´s EBU title. The winner has to take on the actual champion Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) within the next 120 days.
“I want to defend my title in the ring, of course. But the decision from the EBU doesn't really surprise me. I was injured in my last fight and now after my surgery I´m on the best way to get back in the ring, but not as soon as December 3rd, 2011. They react compliant and they offered me to get my title back in early 2012. The two boys are just at the beginning on their career. The better of them is allowed to pin my title for a few montsh in his living room. Next year I´ll get my title back.“, Dimitrenko said full of confidence.
The 29 years old and 6“7 heavyweight has comfortable positions in the world rankings. He´s ranked No. 2 by the WBC and also by the WBO and is hunting for the Klitschko brothers' titles. The latest rankings set him in a great position for a title shot, as well. Dimitrenko is ranked No. 6 by the WBA and No. 7 by the IBF.
"The situation with the EBU is similar to when the WBC set in Vitali Klitschko as “Champion Emeritus” due to his back injury. As soon as Alexander is fit again he´ll fight for his title against the winner of Helenius-Chisora. It´s like a mandatory defense for him. Moreover the EBU title is one thing – a world title is a complete other. You cannot have both of them. It is an important step on the route for a world title. Now Chisora and Helenius will fight for Alexander´s title," said adviser Gruber.
"These two guys are still new in this business and they have a combined record with less fights and KO wins than Alexander, who is a pro now for 10 years in Germany. Sure it will be an entertaining fight between the two boys in Helsinki. Helenius fought a few ´over-the-hill´ ex-champions and they let him look good. Dereck is a former sparring partner of Alexander, we know him and he´s a hot blooded fighter for sure. But he didn´t look good against Tyson Fury. Both guys are not on the same level as Dimitrenko. They don´t have the same experience and the steady technique like Alexander."
"We´ll go our way and the big goal is not to rule ´only´ Europe. We want to rule the world in heavyweight boxing. A title fight against one of the Klitschkos is our first priority. Alexander will be ready in 2012 to replace the Klitschkos as the new world champion. In my opinion a fight against Vitali will be a great event in Germany. If he´ll get back his EBU title on the way to becoming a world champion it will be a great bonus in his career.”