Romance KO’d – Hayden Panettiere And Wladimir Klitschko Split

Romance KO'd - Hayden Panettiere And Wladimir Klitschko Split

Hayden Panettiere and her boyfriend, Heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, have split up.  The actress and the heavyweight champion boxer have decided to end their 18-month romance because they couldn’t cope with the difficulties of conducting a long-distance relationship.

Hayden, 21, lives in the US, while 35-year-old Wladimir – who was raised in the Ukraine – is based out of Hamburg, Germany.

A statement from Hayden said: “While we decided to split, we feel great sympathy and respect for each other and will surely stay close friends.”

Wladimir added: “We had a great time together. But more and more we realized how difficult it is to maintain a relationship when living on two continents. I cherish Hayden as a person and woman. I’m sure we will stay friends.”

Wladimir – whose brother Vitali Klitschko is also a world champion boxer – is currently in training for his heavyweight title unification bout with British fighter David Haye which takes place at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany, on July 2.

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