Hamburg court dismisses Klitchko lawsuit

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16 December 2004, HAMBURG - A Hamburg court on Thursday dismissed an attempt by Ukrainian heavyweight boxers Wladimir und Vitali Klitchko to end their contractual ties with the German Universum camp by April 2004. The judge said that the contracts of the two boxers were valid beyond that date due to injuries of the athletes, but had expired by now. But Universum boss Klaus-Peter Kohl said he may appeal the ruling because in his belief the two boxers should still be under contract at his camp. The Klitchko

16 December 2004

HAMBURG - A Hamburg court on Thursday dismissed an attempt by Ukrainian heavyweight boxers Wladimir und Vitali Klitchko to end their contractual ties with the German Universum camp by April 2004.

The judge said that the contracts of the two boxers were valid beyond that date due to injuries of the athletes, but had expired by now.

But Universum boss Klaus-Peter Kohl said he may appeal the ruling because in his belief the two boxers should still be under contract at his camp.

The Klitchko brothers live in the United States now and market their fights on their own, the first being Vitali's knockout win over Briton Danny Williams last Saturday in Las Vegas in which he retained his World Boxing Council world title.

The Klitchko brothers renewed their Universum contract back in 2001 until 30 April 2004.

The judge said that, based on the first contract and given the length of the injury layoffs based on documentation and testimony by coach Fritz Sdunek, Vladimir's contract should have run until 22 June 2004, and Vitaly's even until 22 October 2004.

Kohl said that Vitali's contract for instance should even run until until 22 May 2005, but his lawyer, Bjoern Ziegler, said that Thursday's ruling could already make Universum seek compensation from the Klitchkos for missed income.

Ziegler and Kohl said they will closely look into the court ruling before deciding on an appeal.  

DPA

Subject: German news

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