By Karl Freitag, Alexey Sukachev, Alexey Potapov
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs) scored a dominant tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBA heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 60,000+ at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko controlled the first round with his jab and dropped Chagaev with a huge right hand in round two. Round three was all Klitschko as he continued to connect with hard shots from long range. Chagaev was game, but was unable to close the distance as Klitschko continued to inflict damage as the rounds progressed. Chagaev landed his best punch of the fight, a right hook, at the end of round seven. Chagaev was cut over the left eye in round eight, another round Klitschko dominated. Klitschko rocked Chagaev in round nine, punishing Chagaev in the corner. The bout was stopped by Chagaev’s corner after the ninth round and was announced as a tenth round KO as the bell had rung to begin round ten before referee Eddie Cotton officially waved it off. Klitschko retained his IBF/WBO/IBO belts. Chagaev’s WBA belt was not at risk.
Heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (16-0, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former Euro champion Michael Sprott (31-14, 16 KOs).
Middleweight Andy Lee (18-1, 13 KOs) outpointed Olegs Fedotovs (10-6, 6 KOs) over six. Fedotovs was down in the last round.
Cruiserweight Johnathon Banks (21-1, 15 KOs) returned win a win following his loss to IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek in February. Banks scored a seventh round TKO over Pauk Butlin (12-10, 3 KOs). Butlin was down twice before it was stopped.