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Klitschko goes after 'undisputed' heavyweight title

BERLIN (Reuters) - Vladimir Klitschko intends to become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion in more than a decade after setting his sights on the WBC crown left vacant by his brother Vitaly. Not since Briton Lennox Lewis in 2000 has one boxer held all the major belts with Ukraine's Klitschko brothers opting not to fight each other. "It is obviously my aim to bring the WBC title back into the Klitschko family," Vladimir Klitschko, who holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO titles, told Germany's Bild newspaper.

Boxing: Klitschko sees off Povetkin to retain world titles

World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko retained his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles with a unanimous points win over Russia's Alexander Povetkin on Saturday in Moscow. The Ukrainian champion enjoyed an emphatic victory in his 24th world title fight having put Povetkin on the canvas five times, three times in the seventh round alone. This was Klitschko's 61st victory in his 64th professional bout, in front of a 14,000-strong crowd, having earned his first world title back in 2006. "That was a tough bit of work, he's a real fighter," said Klitschko.

Boxing-Klitschko to defend heavyweight title against Pianeta

BERLIN, March 5 (Reuters) - Ukraine's Vladimir Klitschko will defend his four world heavyweight title belts against former sparring partner German-Italian challenger Francesco Pianeta in Mannheim on May 4, his management said on Tuesday. Klitschko, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA crown had used the 28-year-old Pianeta as a sparring partner last year. The 36-year-old Ukrainian's record stands as 59 wins and three defeats after his three successful title defences in 2012, including a November victory over Poland's Mariusz Wach.
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