Injured Klitschko pulls out of title fight

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MANNHEIM, Germany - Wladimir Klitschko has pulled out of his scheduled heavyweight title bout this weekend because of a torn abdominal muscle on his left side.

Klitschko -- the IBF, WBO and IBO champion -- withdrew from Saturday's scheduled title defense against British fighter Dereck Chisora, which was to take place at SAP Arena in Mannheim.

It was the first time in his professional career the 34-year-old Ukrainian had to cancel a fight because of an injury.

"The abdominal muscle is injured and therefore Wladimir Klitschko will not be able to fight on Saturday," says Dr. Sven Roessing, an orthopedic specialist in Mannheim.

Klitschko is unbeaten since April 2004 and has a record of 55-3 with 49 knockouts.


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