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Wladimir Klitschko sets 12th defense

Updated: March 27, 2012, 2:12 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will make his 12th title defense in a rematch against mandatory challenger Tony Thompson on July 7 after the sides made a deal Monday, Klitschko adviser Shelly Finkel told ESPN.com.

An IBF purse bid was scheduled for Tuesday, but it was canceled when they came to an agreement. IBF championship committee chairman Lindsey Tucker said the organization received a letter from the fighters' handlers letting him know a deal had been made.

"There ...

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