ery even first round. Both are tentative, Klitchko relies on the jab
while Byrd prefers to counter. The second is a Klitchko round. It is very
quiet until about the 50-second mark when Byrd is stunned by a powerful jab
and trapped in a corner where he remains until the end of the round.
Klitchko gets in a couple of rights as well.
The third round, Byrd is
trapped in a corner early and Klitchko enjoys mild success. The fighters
exchange hard shots after about two minutes. Klitchko tags Byrd with
several hard shots and stuns him with ten seconds to go. The fourth round
starts quietly but Klitchko soon starts to land crisply and gets through
with several hard shots before the end of the round. Byrd shows no signs of
getting past Klitchko's size.
The fifth round starts with Klitchko spearing
Byrd with a right and trapping him on the ropes. Byrd is competitive after
that and wins most of it. An even round. The sixth round is a good round.
Byrd's defence is still sharp and he lands some nice blows, but Klitchko's
sharp shooting makes for yet another round for the Ukrainian giant. The
seventh is very competitive and I will call it even. Both men land many
The eighth is close at first, but Byrd's right eye is swelling
badly and he is getting tired. Another round for Klitchko. Byrd's left is
nearly swollen shut. He is stunned with about 1:20 left and badly hurt and
knocked down at 0:27. He ducks away for the rest of the round. He is
exhausted. Klitchko is looking a little tired now in the tenth. He lands
enough good shots to clearly take the round, but he doesn't and possibly
cannot mount a serious attack.
The 11th is a big Klitchko round. Byrd is
knocked down by a powerful combination at about 1:35. At about 0:30, Byrd's
corner stands ready to throw in the towel.
The twelfth is a quieter round.
Klitchko wins it close, but he wins it clear. He is a little tired, but
Byrd's eyes are badly swollen and he is exhausted and battered. A very good
DUTCH SAM'S final scorecard: 120-109. Three even rounds, all the rest for
Klitchko, two of them are 10-8 rounds.
Judges cards: 120-106, 1118-108, 119-107
Istvan Kovacs HUN WTKO01 Augustin Lorenzo MEX
Jurgen Brähmer GER WTKO03 Marino Monteyne BEL
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (8x3):
Thomas Ulrich GER WUD08 Ali Forbes UK
points score: 79-72; 80-71; 80-71
Referee: Manfred Kushner
WBO HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE (12x3):
Wladimir Klitschko chal UKR/GER WUD12 Chris Byrd champ USA
points score: 120-106; 118-108; 119-107
Wladimir Klitschko: 35-1/33
Referee: Dr. Lou Morett