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No championship has had more political influence than the heavyweight championship of the world — even today in Ukraine, where the fight is taking place outside the ring, maybe the “Fight of the Century.”

“You cannot repeat the mistakes of history,” Wladimir Klitschko told reporters, sitting before a Ukrainian flag, “and there were a lot of mistakes.”

Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and espn980.com.