By James Blears
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has confirmed that Vitali Klitschko will be the first defense for the new heavyweight champion, Sam Peter.
Vitali who’s battled back from a series of injuries, is an emeritus champion and as such, his opportunity for this fight was confirmed at the WBC’s Convention in Manila.
Don Jose said: “The first thing Samuel must do is to confront Vitali Klitschko, and the free negotiations period will start next Monday.”
Don Jose also added: “Vitali Klitschko has a lot to prove. After his retirement and his many injuries, he felt in his heart that he was the champion of the world, because he stepped down without losing the title in the ring. But after such a long retirement, he needs a lot of training and dedication to become again, the great fighter that he was.”
Sam Peter has expressed his desire for a re-match with Vitali’s brother, Wladimir, to avenge the only loss of his professional career, in spite of the fact that he decked Wladmir three-times on route to losing a unanimous decision back in September 2005. Peter also confirmed that he’s more than happy to fight both brothers tomorrow.
He might have to wait a bit longer than that. Peter-Klitschko is slated for the Fall.