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Russian TV Channels Set To Boycott Wladimir Klitschko's Heavyweight Title Defense

04 / 23 / 14

Russian TV channels "are set to boycott the next fight of Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko," according to the SID. Klitschko "will defend his heavyweight title against Australian Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany on Saturday." Klitschko's Manager, Bernd Bönte, said, "No Russian channel will ...

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