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Izon will still fight on Dec. 1

NEW YORK -- An injury to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir
Klitschko has moved Jameel McCline and Lance Whitaker into the main
event of a boxing card Dec. 1 at the Jacob Javits Center.

Klitschko, who was to defend his title against David Izon,
injured a shoulder while sparring.

Promoter Cedric Kushner said Friday he is seeking an opponent
for Izon to fight in a match preceding the 12-round heavyweight
bout between McCline and Whitaker on HBO. The telecast now will be
billed as an HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader instead of World
Championship Boxing on HBO.

McCline (26-2-3, 16 knockouts), of Port Jefferson, N.Y., stopped
Michael Grant in 43 seconds in his last fight. Whitaker (23-1, 19
knockouts), of Granada Hills, Calif., knocked out Oleg Maskaev in
the second round in his last bout.

Klitschko, a native of Ukraine who lives in Germany, "sustained
a severe muscle pull and won't be able to spar for three or four
weeks," Kushner said.