Vitali Klitschko has announced his long awaited return to boxing. He plans to fight current WBC heavyweight champ Oleg Maskaev, but Samuel Peter stands in the way. Peter fought and beat James Toney twice in WBC mandated eliminators and now looks to fight Maskaev himself for the title.
Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) retired in November 2005 because of injuries and his political ambitions. When he retired, the WBC named him ‘Champion Emeritus’ and promised him an immediate shot at the title if he ever came out of retirement.
Klitschko’s camp offered Peter 2.5 million dollars to step aside and let him fight Maskaev. Peter has yet to accept the offer. Vitali last fought in December 2004 when he knocked out Danny Williams in Las Vegas. He won the WBC title earlier that year when he dominated Corrie Sanders until the fight was stopped in the eighth round. He was training to fight Hasim Rahman when he injured himself in training camp and decided to retire.