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Klitschko hopes to get back in ring this year

Updated: April 4, 2000, 2:09 PM ET
Associated Press

HAMBURG, Germany -- Vitali Klitschko, who lost his WBO heavyweight title to American Chris Byrd on Saturday, will undergo a shoulder operation for a torn rotator cuff.

Doctors at Hamburg's Fleetklinik, where he was examined, on Tuesday said the surgery gave the Ukrainian the best chance to fight again this year. Klitschko will be sidelined for at least four to six months.

Klitschko, making his third defense of the lightly regarded crown, refused to answer the bell for the ...

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