Russian TV Channels Set To Boycott Wladimir Klitschko's Heavyweight Title Defense
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 broadcast the fight." Klitschko's older brother Vitali "has been one of the central figures of the protests in Ukraine." The situation between Ukraine and Russia "has been very tense since the crisis surrounding the Crimean Peninsula" (SID, 4/20).