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Dimitrenko Pondering Break From Universum, Talks Future

Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KO) celebrated Christmas and New Year´s Eve with his wife and his family. In December 2011 he followed the invitation of José Sulaimán for the 49th WBC Convention in Las Vegas, together with his team. Dimitrenko was one of the few boxers witch attend the convention without his promoter. This brought some rumors and speculation to the table. This exclusive interview with the current No. 2 WBC ranked boxer from Germany will bring some light into the dark.

You visited the 49th WBC Convention in Las Vegas. What was your plan to be there?

It was a great honor for me to be there. I was invited by José and Mauricio Sulaimán as the No. 2 ranked heavyweight and the former European Champion by the EBU. They received me with very a warm heart in Vegas and I had some great moments with the President. I met a lot of very interesting people during the convention. We also met all the former and current champions from all the different weight classes at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. On the welcome day I got introduced among other with all the great Champions at the podium. I got decorated with the WBC medal for my successful title defenses in 2011 among other legends like Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and Oscar de la Hoya. That means a lot to me and I would particularly like to thank the whole WBC family for all these great moments. My team and I had a great time during this amazing WBC convention in Las Vegas.

Now to my goal in Las Vegas - what I said before I´m the No. 2 ranked heavyweight by the WBC and for my future plans to be a world champion it was very important and necessary for me to be there in person.

But you were there without your promoter. Why that?

Yes, I was also very surprised by that. He was not there. In my opinion it would be important for him to be there. Because he is still totally new in the business and no one knows him. Nearly all the big promoters were there to fight on behalf of their boxers during the convention in Vegas.

What said your promoter about it? Did you talk to him?

After my arrival at my hometown Hamburg/Germany we had a meeting. I asked him where he had been during the convention. He said he had to take care of his other corporate and company. His response made me very angry and it shows that he is a true non-professional. Nobody can deal this business from his office chair. You got to be locally, you have to attend this scene in person to make things happen. But why should I talk for a long time about it if he has no clue about boxing?

Let me give you an example about the situation. We had a meeting during mid November of last year with all the boxers and trainers under the contract of Universum-Box Promotion with Waldemar Kluch together. During this meeting I told Kluch everything what really bothered me. I was not going to mince matters. He only found excuses and he tried to explain himself. He said that two weeks ago he didn´t even know what the acronym of WBC, IBF, WBO and WBA really stands for.

After this I was afraid for the very first time during my 10 year career. This proved again that he knows nothing about boxing. I´ll never work again with people like him in my future. I´m a professional boxer and I expect professional partners to reach my goals. He had enough time to prove himself to show what he´s worth in our business. I´m waiting half a year now for what he promised to me. Nothing happened yet.

Every boxer from our last fight card on September 29th, 2011 in Hamburg, who fought in the ring that night had to wait a month for our money from Kluch. Even the trainers had to wait for their payments. That´s not the business I need.

What are you going to do now?

My big goal is still to get a world champion in the heavyweight division. I´m on my way and I´ll do everything what´s necessary to reach my dream.

How will that work considering of this situation now?

My contract with Universum  is running out in view month. If nothing is change I´m going to watch out and I´m very open to new things. I tell you what - you have to fight outside the ring during your life as well - not only in the ring.

You had a surgery on your left elbow last October. Are you on training again?

No, not yet. The surgery was very successful. I started with some easy weights to strain my arm step by step a view weeks ago. But I´m not in real tough training yet. I´ll have a last testing mid January with my professor who has operated me. He´ll tell me when I´m ready.

When will we see you back in the ring?

I don´t know it exactly. If it´s up to me I'll fight yesterday. But I have to wait how my healing process will be in the next weeks that I´m able to be back in the ring with all of my power and strength very soon. I have big plans for my future! I´m not concerned about my future but however I´m working hard on it. I´m born as a heavyweight, I´m still 29 years young and my best years are still to come. With a good team and a strong promoter on my side I´ll reach my goals.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 01-03-2012

universum sounds like a sinking ship...let the contract run out & start fresh with new promoter. king or saurland id say...either will get him a few big fights

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