Klitschko brothers split with German promoter

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9 July 2004 , HAMBURG - Ukrainian boxing heavyweight brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko said Thursday they would no longer fight for their German promoter amid a court dispute over their contracts. "The next fights will not be made with Universum Box Promotion," Wladimir Klitschko said at a court hearing in Hamburg. It would mean the end of a long association between the brothers and the Hamburg Universum gym under promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. Kohl insists his contracts with the boxers, which expired on

9 July 2004

HAMBURG - Ukrainian boxing heavyweight brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko said Thursday they would no longer fight for their German promoter amid a court dispute over their contracts.

"The next fights will not be made with Universum Box Promotion," Wladimir Klitschko said at a court hearing in Hamburg.

It would mean the end of a long association between the brothers and the Hamburg Universum gym under promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl.

Kohl insists his contracts with the boxers, which expired on 30 April, must be extended to take account of periods when the fighters were injured.

The Klitschko brothers have set up their own promotion agency and have terminated their contracts with Kohl.

At an earlier hearing in April, the Hamburg court ruled that the contracts with Universum should be extended to cover injury, and urged the two sides to reach an out-of-court agreement.

Both Klitschkos have been sidelined in the past and Kohl subsequently wants Wladimir's contract extended until 22 August and that of WBC world champion Vitali until 20 May, 2005.

The Klitschkos have offered Universum 50 percent of its usual earnings from the next fight from each boxer.

But Kohl has rejected the offer. The promoter could earn another big pay day for a title defence by 32-year-old Vitali Klitschko. Under the Klitschos' offer he would have no influence on the choice of opponents, the purse or television rights.

A ruling is expected on 5 August.

DPA

Subject: German news

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