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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
It has finally been officially announced that the rematch between IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd and Wladimir Klitschko will take place April 22 in Mannheim, Germany. When they first fought, in October 2000, Klitschko won a 12-round unanimous decision victory, also in Germany, to win the WBO belt. Byrd, however, charged that some substance had been improperly used to cause his eyes to swell up.
So after unconvincing performances against Fres Oquendo, Andrew Golota, and even DaVarryl Williamson, can Chris Byrd retain his title in this rematch with Wladimir Klitschko? And in Germany? We'll try to ask him Wednesday at a New York press conference to hype this fight.