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Vitali: I Would Have Rather Died Than Lose To That Creep!

By Ruslan Chikov

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40KOs) was not willing to make the same mistake twice. In 2000, Vitali was way ahead on the scorecards in a bout with challenger Chris Byrd - but he suffered a left shoulder injury during the contest and quit on his stool. It took three years, and heroic loss to Lennox Lewis, to erase the stain of the ninth round defeat to Byrd.

Two weeks ago in Munich, Vitali found himself in the same position. Defending the title against British challenger Dereck Chisora, Vitali injured his left shoulder but this time he refused to quit. Vitali says he was willing to die in the ring to defeat to Chisora - who slapped Vitali in the face during their weigh-in.

"My tendon tore and it hit a nerve, so I couldn't lift my left arm..it wouldn't obey me. I had two choices. Twelve years ago in the fight against Chris Byrd....because the tendon was torn, the pain unbearable. I was ahead [on the cards] and I lost my world championship. In Munich, I chose the second option. [I] gritted my teeth and pulled myself together. I would have rather died than lose my title against that creep," Vitali said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jimmy1569 on 03-05-2012

[QUOTE=Mr. Invincible;11853446]Ths post deserved to be crapped on so have some red for it. There's a big difference between makng an excuse for a lopsided loss and letting people know why he didn't throw the left han as much as…

Comment by jimmy1569 on 03-05-2012

[QUOTE=Jakutindi Wauya;11853272]Vitali is one hell lot of a hypocrite and I can see through the lies. He knows Chisora gave him hell but he can't give credit, he has to create excuses just like Haye talking about a toe. Vitali's…

Comment by Weebler I on 03-04-2012

[QUOTE=Jakutindi Wauya;11853272]He knows Chisora gave him hell but he can't give credit, he has to create excuses just like Haye talking about a toe. Vitali's arm was not injured, styles make fights and Chisora will always give the Klitchko's problems…

Comment by iodom03 on 03-04-2012

I reckon there's a chance chisora was on something (drugs or peds) for the vitali fight, It was unusual, He seemed supercharged before, during and after the fight. And from what I have seen most boxers after hearing the final…

Comment by AdamantiumPI on 03-04-2012

Wlad and Vitali are softies. "Creep" lol. What kind of person takes a slap to the face and being spat on?

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