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WBA allows Klitschko to make optional defense

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The World Boxing Association has decided to grant a special exception to heavyweight “super” world champion Wladimir Klitschko to take a voluntary defense before his mandatory fight with “regular” world champion Alexander Povetkin. Permission was granted under the condition of a Klitschko-Povetkin contract arriving at WBA Headquarters by February 28. The fight must take place before July 31. In the event no agreement is reached, a purse bid for Klitschko vs. Povetkin will take place March 18. Klitschko would make 75% and Povetkin 25%, unless Klitschko loses in his voluntary defense. In that even, the purse will be split 50/50.

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