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Vitali Klitschko-Nikolai Valuev talks progressing

According to, a fight between WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko and former WBA titlist Nikolai Valuev could happen in April or May.

This fight was rumored almost the moment after Klitschko defended his title in a hideous fight against Kevin Johnson on December 12. The Valuev side at first said there was nothing to it, but obviously there's plenty to it. With the WBC's absurd mandatory challenger Oleg Maskaev falling by the wayside with a first round TKO loss at the hands of unheralded Nagy Aguilera, it looks like the WBC might try to install either Ray Austin or Odlanier Solis as the next mandatory. That would give Vitali time to take another optional defense, and no matter how mind-bendingly awful a fight between Valuev and Vitali might sound to you or me, it's money in the bank in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, or wherever they hold it. Valuev may never have "gotten over" to any real degree in the United States, but he is a big, big star in Europe still.

The article says that Don King may be a roadblock for the fight, but I doubt it. He's worked with the Klitschkos before without much hitch in anybody's giddy-up, and this is the biggest money fight Valuev can possibly get as his semi-farcical career as a top heavyweight boxer starts winding down.

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