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Newz Forum: BOXING: Wladimir Klitschko Attorney Seeks Federal Probe

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posted on May, 6 2004 @ 08:27 AM

An attorney for heavyweight Wladimir Klitshcko has asked for a federal investigation of his loss last month to Lamon Brewster.

Judd Burstein sent the U.S. Attorney's office in Las Vegas a letter asking for the probe, citing what he said were mysterious circumstances surrounding the fight.

Burstein claimed in the letter that Klitschko's blood and urine samples taken after the fight were missing, and said it was suspicious that the odds favoring Klitschko dropped dramatically before the fight.

Klitschko was winning the April 10 fight handily before Brewster knocked him out in the fifth round. He later said he felt drugged after the opening round.

Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Marc Ratner said nothing abnormal happened before, during or after the fight.

"We were so concerned that night that we sent him to the trauma unit instead of the emergency room with a neurosurgeon in the ambulance," Ratner said. "He took all the appropriate tests, both urine and blood. There was nothing in those tests irregular or remarkable."

Klitschko's brother, Vitali, won the WBC heavyweight title April 24 when he stopped Corrie Sanders in the eighth round in Los Angeles.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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