By Alexey Potapov at ringside
Photos: Pavel Terekhov
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WBC heavyweight Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) won by technical knockout in the ninth round over official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.
From the very beginning of fight, the challenger attempted to establish the rhythm with the fast jabs, while the Ukrainian boxer pawed at Gomez with his left as he sought to find the best distance. and on the case of the Cuban. It was clear that Gomez could only win it with his speed, while Vitali was much more powerful.
By third round Vitali began to get in some head shots. In the fifth round Gomez was cut over the right eye. Vitali suffered a bloody gash on the hairline after a collision by heads in sixth round Gomez especially a head has damaged head Vitali, it was all in blood. Despite the damage, Klitschko continued to build his lead on the cartds of all three judges and in the seventh round a series of powerful blows sent Gomez to the deck.
Gomez struggled to beat the count, but continued on. The Ukrainian grasped the initiative and began to hammer Gomez. In ninth round Klitschko’s head struck Gomez and referee Daniel Van de Wiele deducted a point. This angered Klitschko and he went for the kill, dropping Gomez again. Dr. Ironfist then confirmed his nickname by finishing Gomez via TKO.
Now it must be resolved who Klitschko will face next. The champion wants a unification fight against WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, but the WBC has ordered a fight against former champion Oleg Maskaev. This matter will likely be resolved in court.
“Gomez is a world class boxer,” said Vitali afterward. “He was not a casual challenger. We’ve known each other for a long time. I tried to operate rationally, but at the same time I many superfluous movements. It was difficult for me, but I won!”
Gomez stated, “”I try to look at this defeat philosophically. There are good days and bad days, as happened today. I’d like to say that I very well could have beat Klitschko, but the cut above the right eye which I received in one of the early rounds, very much prevented me from boxing. I had trouble seeing his punches.”