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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Wladimir Klitschko gets engaged

Associated Press

Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere
Actress Hayden Panettiere announced Wednesday that she and heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko are engaged.

NEW YORK -- "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere confirmed her engagement to heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko on Wednesday.

Appearing on Wednesday's "Live with Kelly and Michael," the 24-year-old actress was flashing a large diamond ring that prompted host Kelly Ripa to inquire what it might signify.

Panettiere confirmed she's engaged as the studio audience cheered. She added that she and longtime boyfriend Klitschko haven't set a wedding date.

Klitschko retained his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles Saturday night, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin.

Panettiere's ring even upstaged her entrance Wednesday, when she appeared on the show wearing a live boa constrictor.

On ABC's "Nashville," Panettiere plays scheming up-and-coming country music star Juliette Barnes.