The Russian state-owned media holding VGTRK has declined to purchase broadcasting rights for the upcoming boxing matchup of Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and Australian Alex Leapai, the company's press service told RIA Novosti Monday.
“We did not plan on broadcasting this bout. The rights were not purchased,” a source in the press service of the media giant said.
The Rossiya-2 sports channel, which is owned by VGTRK, typically broadcasts such fights. Wladimir Klitschko wrote on Twitter that he is sorry for Russian boxing fans, who will not see the fight scheduled for April 26 in Germany’s Oberhausen.
Wladimir Klitschko is a holder of WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.