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Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs), last Saturday at Olympiisky in Moscow, Russia, successfully defended the WBC heavyweight championship for the ninth time since his return from a 3 Â½-year absence in 2008. Vitali, the older brother of unified IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, stopped Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KOs) in the fourth round on cuts. NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—
Since regaining the heavyweight title against Samuel Peter (TKO 8) in October 2008, Klitschko has won 7 of 9 fights by KO. Top heavyweights including Tomasz Adamek, Chris Arreola, Shannon Briggs, Oldanier Solis, and Derrick Chisora had no answers for ‘Dr. Iron Fist.’
Charr was one of the easiest opponents Klitschko has ever fought. As Klitschko gets older, it appears as though his bouts keep getting easier.
Klitschko’s fight with Charr was significant because, never before has Vitali fought in Russia and that it might have been his last fight. Klitschko is trying desperately to become the mayor of Kiev, Ukraine. Should he win the election in October it’s more than likely Klitschko will end his professional boxing career.
Klitschko has stated many times he doesn’t want to be a George Foreman. In November 1996, Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer in the tenth round to become the oldest fighter to win the world heavyweight championship. Foreman was 45 years old at the time. Foreman fought until the age of 48 although he never officially retired from combative sports. Foreman’s last fight was a 12-round decision against Shannon Briggs in November 1997.
Vitali is 41.
What a performance the older Klitschko displayed last Saturday. Klitschko plodded forward behind his left-jab and mixed his punches well. Klitschko showed a good, measured attack by following his jabs with straight-rights, hooks, and uppercuts to produce a knockdown in round two.
Klitschko, although he was hit with a few jabs and sneaky shots from Charr, was in no imminent danger. Charr never hurt Klitschko.
In the fourth round, a stiff left hand to the head opened a huge laceration on Charr’s right eye. Charr’s blood was everywhere. The fight was stopped at the 2:04 second mark.
Should Vitali opt to fight again, there are rumors going around that Klitschko may fight former unified cruiserweight and heavyweight titlist David Haye in February 2013.
Haye, having destroyed Chisora in July, challenged Wladimir to a world heavyweight title unification match last year. Haye, who promoted the fight wearing t-shirts of him standing over the massacred bodies of the Klitschko brothers while holding their heads, lost to Wladimir on a 12-round unanimous decision.