World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman announced Thursday that WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine and official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez of Cuba/Germany have reached an agreement and signed for their mandatory fight, East Side Boxing reported. The purse offer, which was scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled. Shelly Finkel, representing Klitschko, and Ahmet Oner, representing Gomez, told President Sulaiman about the agreement.
They also said that the fight will be held in Germany during the first two weeks of March, 2009. It will be Klitschko’s first defense of the title that he won last October with a ninth-round TKO against defending champion Samuel Peter of Nigeria.
Klitschko has a record of 36-2 with 35 knockouts. His knockout percentage of 97.2 is the highest for a heavyweight world champion in the history of professional boxing.
Gomez has a record of 44-1 with 35 knockouts. A former WBC cruiserweight world champion, he won the title in February, 1998, and made 10 successful defenses before vacating the title to move up in weight. He became the mandatory heavyweight challenger with two wins, both by unanimous decision, in elimination bouts - the first against Oliver McCall and the second against Vladimir Virchis.