Klitschko brothers favouredto win bout with promoter

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5 August 2004 , HAMBURG - A legal row between heavyweight boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and boxing promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl looks like being won by the boxing duo from the Ukraine. A court in Hamburg heard Thursday that the brothers appear to be no longer contractually bound to Kohl and his Universum Box Promotion agency and accordingly don't have to box again for him or pay what was expected to be millions of euros in compensation. Judge Kay Mueckenheim stated that the boxers' contracts "could hav

5 August 2004

HAMBURG - A legal row between heavyweight boxers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko and boxing promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl looks like being won by the boxing duo from the Ukraine.

A court in Hamburg heard Thursday that the brothers appear to be no longer contractually bound to Kohl and his Universum Box Promotion agency and accordingly don't have to box again for him or pay what was expected to be millions of euros in compensation.

Judge Kay Mueckenheim stated that the boxers' contracts "could have reaced their end on 30 April 2004". Although the judge's comments do not constitute a ruling, they do indicate how the case is likely to proceed.

The comments also contradict an earlier court statement from April this year which said that the pair's contracts had to be extended to account for the time the boxers were unavailable due to sickness, injury and convalescence time between fights. The judge gave no reason for the change of opinion.

The comments come as a surprise even to the boxers' lawyers, who had expected the contracts to be extended beyond the 30 April 2004 expiry date.

Universum had initially stated that it expected 28-year-old Wladimir to remain under contract until 22 August 22 this year while WBC world champion Vitali (32) would be tied to Kohl until May, 2005.

"The decision has really surprised us," Kohl's lawyer, Bjoern Ziegler said Thursday. "But the judge is perfectly entitled to change his opinion."

Both parties now have 14 days to put forward their arguments although the case itself, which began last December when the Klitschkos demanded clarification of their contractual status, is expected to last several months.

"Now everything virtually starts again from scratch," said Ziegler.

Whether the Klitschkos, who now live for the most part in Los Angeles, can fight while the contract issue is outstanding remains unclear as should they lose the case they would then be liable to pay substantial compensation.

The brothers have said want to organise their own bouts in the future. 

DPA

Subject: German news 

 

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