By Oleg Plakhov and Alexey Sukachev
WBC champion Vitali Klitschko further strengthened his claim of the world’s best heavyweight (outside his family) last Saturday night by stopping brave Germany-based Lebanese Manuel Charr in four bloody rounds in Moscow, Russia. Before, during a weigh-in, and after the fight, BoxingScene had short quickies with Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2, about the other assets of this powerful promotional company.
- Mr. Loeffler, how do you like it here in Moscow?
- It’s really wonderful here. It’s the first time where either of the Klitschkos is fighting in Russia, and we are positively stunned with all of the enthusiasm and appreciation of the local boxing fans in Moscow.
- What can you say about the fight?
- A good fight. It was a good fight, and Manuel Charr put up a nice effort but it wasn’t enough because Vitali is such an experienced and powerful boxer. He was so good that Charr had very little chances for the upset even displaying the best of him.
- What is next for Vitali?
- Well, you better ask Berndt (Boente) about that. It’s his area of responsibility.
- Okay, then can you give us some tips about the future of Gennady Golovkin.
- The “Triple G” showed his potential in a powerful way, when it was needed the most – during his debut on the American soil, while fighting for the first time on HBO. We are planning to get him back to the ring somewhere in December, and it very well might also be on American TV.
- Can you name any possible opponents for the WBA/IBO middleweight champion?
- No, no one can be named at the present time.
- Another world champion, which is being promoted by K2, is WBO light middleweight beltholder Zaurbek Baysangurov. Do you plan his American debut as well?
- First of all, and it’s the most important, Zaurbek should pass his toughest test since his loss to Cornelius Bundrage – he’s fighting a rugged guy in Lucas Konecny on October 6, and it surely will be a very hard fight for Zaur.
- And if successful…
- And if successful, we shall carefully weigh-in all of the options. I wouldn’t rule out his possible American debut in December, probably on the same show with Gennady.
- Bundrage was just a journeyman when he was fighting Baysangurov for the first time two years ago. Now he is the IBF champion. A unification looks natural.
- It’s a nice option, and we consider it too. However, there’s no clarity in Zaurbek’s future plans, and nothing is solidified yet. We'll see what will happen after the result of the Zaurbek’s next fight