When Vitali Klitschko defends his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday against Dereck Chisora, it will kick off the first of three heavyweight title fights, which will be broadcast live to the U.S. on three consecutive Saturdays, exclusively on EPIX.
The schedule is as follows:
Tomorrow: Klitschko vs. Chisroa, live from Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
On Saturday, February 25 (4 p.m. ET), WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs), of Russia, will defend his title against world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs), of Berlin, Germany, in the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.
On Saturday, March 3, in the ESPIRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, unified champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine, defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBA super heavyweight crowns against two-time world cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs), of Pantin, France.
With both Klitschkos fighting in such a short time span, a reporter on a recent conference call asked Vitali about the competition between the two brothers. Nom they will never fight, but here's his answer:
"It’s very good question. It’s always a competition; any sportsman, any fighter has a personal ego, sports ego. And that why the competition between us as two brothers; we have a competition. Who is better? Right now we work together; we work together in training camp and so yes. We try to play in training camp who is better at table tennis; ping-pong. Who is better? We swim – we swim.
"I remember always when we were running, who will finish first? And right now we compete in the swimming pool and it’s always as (good) now as it was in the beginning of our career. Who needs less time to knock an opponent out? It’s a competition between two brothers. And we have big competitions but to be honest I have developed my skills by myself. My brother has a big talent in boxing and in sport.
"I don’t want to fight him. I know my brother very well. He’s much more talented and right now he’s much younger than me; almost five years. And if we’re swimming in the swimming pool, other than a hairy chest, he’s much better than me. Sometimes in ping-pong, I beat him, but it is more difficult. Just one play where I’m dominate and that is chess.
"But the competition between two brothers – it would be a great fight; one brother’s fight against another brother’s, but we promised our mom never do that and I love my brother so much and that why it’s never happened. So I’m sorry for all boxing fans. It’s my personal story and that why I can’t do that. But anyway, the competition between the two of us; we do that every day."
EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of the three world heavyweight championship fights on a jumbotron in Times Square (Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts.)