posted on Feb, 28 2004 @ 02:02 PM
Associated Press - February 26, 2004
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) - Top contender Vitali Klitschko will face Corrie Sanders on April 24 for the heavyweight title made vacant by the retirement of
Lennox Lewis, Klitschko's promoter said Thursday.
The site for the fight has yet to be decided, but promoter Peter Kohl said both fighters have agreed to terms.
Klitschko will be seeking more than just the WBC heavyweight title. His brother, Wladimir, was knocked out by Sanders last February, in a startling
Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to fight Lamon Brewster in Las Vegas on April 10 for a lightly regarded version of the heavyweight title.
The WBC title was left vacant when Lewis retired earlier this month. Vitali Klitschko was beating Lewis last June in Los Angeles but lost the fight
when he was stopped on cuts after six rounds.
Sanders, from South Africa, knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in the second round last March in Hanover, Germany, but hasn't fought since. The
38-year-old Sanders is 39-2 with 29 knockouts.
Lewis is now director of the management company representing Sanders.
The Klitschko brothers are Ukrainians based in Germany, although recently they have spent much time in Los Angeles, where they are working with former
Lewis trainer Emanuel Steward.