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Klitschko calls for rematch

June 22, 2003 at 2:26 PM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, June 22 (UPI) -- Vitali Klitschko is calling for a rematch with Lennox Lewis after a bad cut ended his fight Saturday for the WBC heavyweight title.

The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that the challenge in Los Angeles was stopped by ringside doctor Paul Wallace after the Ukrainian got a deep cut above his left eye.

"I'm really disappointed that the doctor stopped the fight," Klitschko told Radio Five Live's Sportsweek Program. He added, "I was ready to continue, and I am sure I would have won."

Klitschko was ahead on points when the match was stopped after the sixth round, the BBC reported.

American promoter Gary Shaw, speaking on Sportsweek, said a second fight could happen "if the money is right."

Shaw also said that Lewis might choose to meet Roy Jones Jr., who took John Ruiz's WBA heavyweight title.

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