Wladimir Klitschko fight still on despite hospitalization

Saturday December 3rd, 2011

HELSINKI -- Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko told SI.com that he is doing well after being hospitalized briefly on Friday with stomach pains and that his title defense against Jean-Marc Mormeck on Dec. 10 will go on as scheduled.

"I'm alright," Klitschko said in a text message. "[The fight] is ON!"

Klitschko's manager, Bernd Boente, told a German news outlet that Klitschko displayed symptoms of renal colic, a pain commonly caused by kidney stones.

"The fight isn't called off yet," Boente said. "Wladimir is doing well. There will be further examinations on Saturday, but we're assuming that the fight will be able to take place."

Klitschko (56-3) will face Mormeck (36-4) at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. The fight will be televised by ESPN3.com.

-- Chris Mannix

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