Klitschkos a step closer to winning court case

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10 September 2004 , HAMBURG - Boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have taken a step towards winning a court case against their former promoters, Universum, who claim that the two are still under contract to them. A court in Hamburg this week ruled that the contracts between the two and Universum ended on 30 April this year and would not, as Universum claimed, be extended because the two were - at times - not able to box due to injuries. Judge Kai Mueckenheim said that he would make a final ruling

10 September 2004

HAMBURG - Boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have taken a step towards winning a court case against their former promoters, Universum, who claim that the two are still under contract to them.

A court in Hamburg this week ruled that the contracts between the two and Universum ended on 30 April this year and would not, as Universum claimed, be extended because the two were - at times - not able to box due to injuries.

Judge Kai Mueckenheim said that he would make a final ruling on 23 September.

When the two parties first signed a contract in 1996, it had a clause that the contract would be lengthened by the period that the two boxers could not fight.

When the contract was renewed on 25 March 2001, this clause was no longer in the contract, but Universum maintain that based on the first contract, the clause was still valid.

The court had at first said they were siding with the case put forward by Universum, but after hearing oral argument, Mueckenheim seemed to have changed his mind, prompting a lawyer for Universum to say that he had never experienced something like that in 30 years of law.

Wladmir wants to return to the ring on 2 October against American Davarryl Williamson in Las Vegas, but his lawyer said he is not even sure if he is allowed to do that until a final ruling has been made.

Helmut Stange said that the situation as it was at the moment was causing his clients economic and sporting problems. He said they would consider suing Universum if they won the case against them.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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