V. Klitschko to meet Gomez in March

Updated: January 8, 2009, 11:48 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Vitali Klitschko will defend his slice of the heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez after the sides came an agreement Thursday and avoided Friday's scheduled purse bid.

Shelly Finkel, Klitschko's adviser, and Gomez promoter Ahmet Íner of Arena-Box Promotions had been discussing a deal for months but, as often happens in boxing, they waited until just before the purse bid -- an auction where any WBC-registered promoter could have gained control of the fight with ...

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