WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko has filed a formal complaint in the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the WBC, attempting to stop a second mandatory defense of his title should he beat Juan Carlos Gomez on March 21.
If Klitschko is successful against Gomez, the WBC is currently ordering him to defend four months later against ex-titlist Oleg Maskaev, who has done nothing to be appointed mandatory challenger.
Vitali has sort of made a habit since he officailly decided to come back in late 2007 (which was aborted until late 2008, too) of being a squeaky wheel and complaining about a lot of stuff, but frankly he's right about this one. Fighters usually get a year between mandatory challenges. Vitali wants to take a bigger money fight with David Haye or someone else later in the year if he beats Gomez. He should really have that right. He's fighting his mandatory -- no one else would be ordered to take another one right away, especially in this case where Maskaev is about as questionable a mandatory as they come.
I'm kind of rooting for Vitali in this one.