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Champion Klitschko uses infant son's wet diapers to reduce hand swelling

10/14/2008 - Boxing

BERLIN -- Vitali Klitschko used his son's
wet, used diapers to keep his fists from swelling up after winning his
WBC heavyweight title bout against Nigeria's Samuel Peter, the
Ukrainian told a German newspaper on Tuesday.

Klitschko said he wrapped them around his hands and they
helped him recover.

"Baby wee is good because it's pure, doesn't contain toxins
and doesn't smell," the 37-year old boxer told Bild after he won
back the WBC title with a technical knockout on Saturday.

"I wrap nappies filled with my 3-year-old son Max's wee
around my fists," Klitschko said, adding that he got the idea from his
grandmother. "The nappies hold the liquid and the swelling stays
down."

Klitschko said Peter should try the nappy trick as well.

Peter chose not to come back out after eight rounds that saw him
weaving and occasionally wobbling as Klitschko landed a persistent
stream of heavy left jabs to Peter's head in front of more than
12,000 people at the new O2 World Arena.

The 37-year-old Ukranian fighter (36-2, 35 KOs) used his height -- he's 6-foot-7 -- and reach to keep Peter crouched and defensive.

Klitschko has been WBC "champion emeritus" since a knee injury
forced him to withdraw from a fight and retire from boxing in 2005.

The honorary status gave him the right to fight Peter (30-2),
who won the interim belt in a fight against Jameel McCline last
September, whenever Klitschko chose to come out of retirement.

"I knew if I lost the fight I wouldn't get a second chance,"
Klitschko told reporters after the fight. "It was a one-way
ticket, and I used my chance."

Promoter Don King said after the fight that a logical next step
for Klitschko might be to seek a rematch with the retired Lennox
Lewis, whom Klitschko lost to in 2003 when a fight doctor called
the bout because Klitschko had a badly cut eye.

"What a triumph that would be for us old guys," King said.

Klitschko was more reticent.

"I need to think about it," he said of plans for his newly
revived fighting career. "I need to take care of my hand, because
it is swollen."

That would be where Max's wet diapers come in handy.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.