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Boente: Chagaev to replace hurt Haye

Updated: June 6, 2009, 2:13 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Two days after former cruiserweight champion David Haye pulled out of a June 20 fight against unified heavyweight titlist Wladimir Klitschko because of a bad back, Klitschko replaced him with Ruslan Chagaev on Friday, Klitschko manager Bernd Boente told ESPN.com.

Boente said he made a verbal deal with Chagaev promoter Peter Kohl of Universum, the German company that promoted Klitschko for several years before a falling out.

"We will now exchange the contracts, but we have verbally ...

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