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Klitschko's 80-20 Purse Split Request Approved By IBF

By Rick Reeno

Bernd Boente, manager of WBO/IBF/WBA/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52KOs), has confirmed that the International Boxing Federation has approved the request by Team Klitschko to modify the purse bid split to 80-20, in favor of the champion, with respect to the mandatory obligation to undefeated challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11KOs). The usual split is 75-25 in favor of the champion.

Klitschko's preference is to face WBC champion Bermane Stiverne, but apparently the newly crowned champion is experiencing some promotional issues with Don King, and the WBC has ordered Stiverne to face his mandatory Deontay Wilder.

"Wladimir thanks the IBF President Darryl Peoples and the [IBF's] board of directors for supporting him and changing the split to 80-20, and showing their respect. Wladimir will be making the 17th defense of the IBF title in his next fight, whether it's Pulev or Stiverne - it doesn't matter," Boente told BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ScottWeiland on 05-29-2014

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;14600328]Im not on board with this. A 75-25 split is more than good enough. Im a huge klitschko fan as everyone here knows but I think this is a chicken **** deal. (Figuratively speaking)[/QUOTE] I am of the same…

Comment by Arthur Daley on 05-29-2014

[QUOTE=Isaac Clarke;14600569]What's the point of mandatory splits when someone more popular can have it changed?[/QUOTE] Yes it's a bit cnutish alright and it's downright pathetic that the IBF accepted this request. If it goes to a purse bid K2 will…

Comment by ddangerous on 05-29-2014

[QUOTE=Isaac Clarke;14600569]What's the point of mandatory splits when someone more popular can have it changed?[/QUOTE] Excellent question.

Comment by Tobi.G on 05-29-2014

[QUOTE=Bigg Rigg;14600030]Who cares??? I'm not even gonna watch this fight. Wlad vs stivern or wilder is all I care to see.[/QUOTE] Wlad vs. Pulev is a much better fight than Wlad vs. Stiverne. Stiverne would be a bigger victim to…

Comment by Tobi.G on 05-29-2014

OMG greedy BASTARDS!!!

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