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BROTHERLY LOVE: The Klitschko brothers

VITALI KLITSCHKO has condemned the upcoming Luxembourg Boxing Association-sanctioned bout between Derek Chisora and David Haye as a fight of “two losers.”

The WBC heavyweight champion of the world, who shares the heavyweight titles with his brother, Wladimir, was in London along with his sibling for the UK premiere of their new film, Klitschko. The movie charts the Klitschko brothers’ rise from the periphery of the Soviet Union to global sports superstars.

Speaking exclusively to the Voice of Sport at the Leicester Square premiere at the Empire cinema, the older Klitschko expressed surprise at how the summer clash between Haye and Chisora was being billed.

“Somebody said that this fight is the greatest fight in history. You know what, to be honest, it is two losers [who] fight each other.

“David Haye lost his fight to Wladimir, and Derek Chisora lost his last fight to me, and right now they promise to everybody it’s the biggest fight of two losers.”

Stood shoulder to shoulder with his brother Wladimir in the cinema’s foyer, Vitali spoke of what he thought boxing was really about: “It’s about sport and about moral aspects.”

Ideals he does not see in either Chisora or Haye. The older brother then asked what his younger brother thought on the matter, and Wladimir was as equally baffled by the prospect of the British boxers’ matchup.

“What kind of message are we sending with this fight to young people?” asked the younger Klitschko, questioning the dynamic of gaining more attention. “The more you’re a freak, as Chisora continually misbehaved himself at the last fight with Vitali, slapping and spitting in the face at the world stage.”

He cited boxing’s legendary past champions to illustrate his point: “A lot of boxers in the history of heavyweight champions, such as Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis, have been polishing this sport and making it as glamorous as possible, and now we’re getting this as a thank you. So I think that something is wrong here, and it’s definitely from my side not acceptable.”

SHOWDOWN: Haye (left) versus Chisora

As to the question of whether Chisora and Haye’s bout should go ahead, Wladimir said: “Both fighters have no license. If we are on British soil and the BBBC [British Boxing Board of Control] is the one that gives the license and the guys are here, they are going to fight here in Great Britain, in London, and getting the license from Luxembourg, then they have to fight in Luxembourg I guess.”

The Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Bönte, also attending the film’s premiere, told the Voice of Sport that Haye’s interruption at the end of Vitali’s victory over Chisora “is the bottom of the sport.” He added: “Now they fight each other because of that brawl at the press conference is a joke. A bad joke.”

Bönte said the fight between Chisora and Haye should not happen, “I think it’s a very bad example for young people, for youngsters, for kids, that gives exactly the wrong message sent out; do the worst bulls**t and you earn the most money.”

The Klitschko’s silver-haired manager said his clients would not be sharing the ring any time soon with Chisora or Haye.

“At this moment it is not of interest. Wladimir will not fight Haye again because there are no questions left, I mean that was a one-sided fight, and Haye had only one excuse, his little toe, and I think his heart is also in his little toe.

“He had the chance to fight Vitali in September, but he preferred to fight Chisora in July. And you know why, because he thinks that Chisora is by far the easier fight.”

The question that everyone wants to know was emphatically put down by Bönte: Vitali and Wladimir will not be going head to head in the ring. “If they did, said the Klitschko manager, “I think they both would be knocked out by their mum.”

Klitschko is on Blu-ray and DVD on May 28 and at selected Empire cinemas for a limited time from May 21, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK)

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