Klitschko brothers attempting to end contract with Universum
26.01.04 - By Bob Furusho: Heavyweights Vitali and Vladimir Klitschko are attempting to get out of their contract with their boxing promoter Hans-Peter Kohl, Universum Box Promotions. A lawsuit was filed by the Klitschkos in a Hamburg court in hopes of terminating their contract this year, which ends on April 30th, 2004. Universum has a clause in the Klitschko’s contractor that allows the contract to be extended by the months if they are sidelined by injury. Vitali was inactive during portions of 2001 due to a rotator cuff injury, and during 2002 because of a back injury. The case should be going to court by the Spring. The brothers have been under contract by Universum since 1996.
The Klitschkos seemingly want to sign with an American promoter if they can break a clause in their contract that allows Universum to extend the contract by the months if they are sidelined by injury. This trial will not effect the Klitschko’s next fights, which will be promoted by Universum. Vladimir will be fighting in March for the vacant WBO title, which he lost last year when he was knocked out by Corrie Sanders.