Sunday, March 11, 2007

Klitschko,ends fight in second round...

MANNHEIM, Germany -- Wladimir Klitschko needed only a couple swings to stop Ray Austin. Now, the real heavyweight fight begins.

Klitschko successfully defended his IBF title by stopping Austin in the second round Saturday night, and his camp spent most of the postfight news conference blaming Don King, who promotes Austin, for holding up a heavyweight unification fight.

Klitschko said talks with WBA champion Nikolai Valuev for a June or July fight will begin, assuming the 7-foot unbeaten Russian beats Ruslan Chagaev on April 14.

Klitschko's manager, Bernd Broente, said they will try to work with German promoter Wilfried Sauerland, who co-promotes Valuev along with King.

"Valuev wants it and I want it," Klitschko said. "But you can imagine how hard it is to deal with Don King.

The Klitschko camp blamed King for holding up their attempts at unification several times.

Valuev, who watched the fight from a hotel room in Berlin, said he wanted to fight Klitschko, too.

"Brother, see you in the ring," Valuev said. "Of course it depends on my management."

Klitschko and older brother Vitali Klitschko promote themselves.

"This fight is about more than two fighters, it's about two promoters," said Vitali Klitschko, the former WBC champion planning a comeback.

Wladimir Klitschko won his latest defense rather easily. After measuring Austin for one round, the Ukrainian knocked down the American 87 seconds into the second with at least three left hooks. The American climbed to his feet but referee Eddie Cotton stopped the fight.


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