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A fellow with two first names won a version of boxing's heavyweight title Saturday night, but Mr. Flip will forgive you if you weren't paying attention.

In the fragmented, star-starved heavyweight division, maybe Samuel Peter holds out the hope of at least a unified champion. He defeated Oleg Maskaev for the World Boxing Council belt, and now he apparently must beat a couple of Klitschkos - International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization champ Wladimir and former WBC titleholder Vitali - to be recognized as the undisputed champion.

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Mr. Flip doesn't quite understand why the WBC says Vitali Klitschko gets the first shot at Peter when this Klitschko has not fought for 3 1/2 years. But let's just add that to the list of incomprehensible things about boxing.

There is one thing Mr. Flip does understand, though: Heavyweights with two first names - Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali - have done OK.


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