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Foster defeated and Hayemaker-Klitschko showdown could be back on
We've got all the action from the Bolton fight last night and we find out if there's any substance to the Hayemaker-Klitschko rumours
Posted Feb 27, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up
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Brit boxer Stephen Foster Jr has lost his first defence of the European super-featherweight title, losing last night on a points defeat to Ermano Fegatilli. The judges awarded the fight to the Belgian fighter after they settled on scorecards of 114-110 and 114-109 in Fegatilli’s favour. The fight held in Bolton started well for the young Brit but Fegatilli slowly started to make in-roads and after knocking Foster down five time the boxer from Belgium was awarded the fight on a unanimous decision.
Foster insisted he wasn’t making excuses but said to a Sky News reporter after the fight that he got a virus on Monday which meant that he wasn’t on top form because he hadn’t made a full recovery just yet.
You might be wondering why Foster committed to the fight but he claims that he felt a week would be enough time to recover however obviously it interrupted his training schedule and left him with limited time to make preparations for the fight yesterday. I suspect that Foster will more than likely be regretting that decision to proceed this morning as it was evident that the Salford born boxer wasn’t quite his usual self.
Fegatilli took hold and maintained dominance after Foster’s promising start and the Brit suffered several body blows and it was fairly clear which way the fight was going to go It was in the ninth round that Fegatilli really showed the crowd who was in charge as he forced the defending champ to the ground to the count of eight and a further three times in the tenth round. It was at that point that the outcome looked a sad certainty and of course it become abundantly clear to the local crowd that Foster was going to be relinquishing his title belt.
Meanwhile David ‘the Hayemaker’ Haye told fans unofficially via microblogging site Twitter that his unification showdown with Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight is 'back on'. A fight that has been two years in the making is now expected to be held July 2nd when Haye, the current WBA heavyweight champion, will meet Wladimir Klitschko, who currently holds the heavyweight IBF and WBO titles.
The Hayemaker made an announcement to boxing fans using Twitter yesterday. The caveat to all this being that we have actually been in this situation before, but an official announcement is anticipated in the early part of March as to whether the bout will go ahead. Re-negotiations seem to have moved fast since talks about a mooted fight in January fell apart but both camps are believed to be now ironing out the finer details of a matchup between the pair and what is likely to be one of the biggest heavyweight fights in boxing history.
There is no word yet on the venue for the fight and it’s also unclear now if German Klitschko will proceed with his defence against Derek Chisora in April. Frank Warren, Chisora’s promoter, has hijacked May 21st, the date the Hayemaker was supposed to be in action next, by organising the Jurgen Braehmer Nathan Cleverly matchup in the race for the WBO light-heavyweight belt.