March 9, 2010 / 10:27 AM / 9 years ago

Klitschko to defend WBC title against Poland's Sosnowski

WBC heavyweight champion boxer Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine reacts after winning against contender Kevin Johnson of the U.S. after their 12-round WBC heavyweight title fight in Bern December 12, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against Poland’s Albert Sosnowski in Schalke’s soccer stadium on May 29, the Ukrainian said on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Klitschko, whose brother Vladimir will defend his WBO,IBF and IBO titles against Eddie Chambers on March 20, said Sosnowski, 31, would be a tough rival.

“He is experienced, he is fast and he is a tough boxer who will try everything to take my belt. But I will not let it happen,” Klitschko said in a statement. “I promise all fans an unforgettable evening.”

Sosnowski, the European Boxing Union heavyweight champion with 45 wins, two defeats and a draw, was due to defend his European title against Audley Harrison in London in April but cancelled to fight Klitschko.

“This is a dream come true,” he said. “I was already training for the Harrison fight when I suddenly get the chance of a lifetime. Vitali is way past his peak,” he said.

Writing by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar; To query or comment on this story email

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