By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
Photos: Pavel “Eagle Eye” Terekhov
In front of more than 50,000 people in Dusseldorf, Germany, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko put on a boxing clinic against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before brutally knocking him out seconds before the final bell.
Klitschko dominated the bout from the get-go with his razor sharp left jab and brutal right hand. The challenger seemed intimidated by the size and strength of Klitschko, boxing very defensively in his first shot at a world title. Chambers was rocked near the end of the second round when “Dr. Steelhammer” connected with a right hand. “Fast Eddie” tried to connect with quick counter punches but they were mostly too short to have any impact. He was only successful with straight body shots, which had no visible effect on Klitschko.
The same pattern – Klitschko dominating with his jab and Chambers backpedaling trying to land one big counter punch – continued for most of the rounds, making it a one-sided and lackluster affair. Still, Klitschko produced a great performance against America’s best heavyweight contender who just could not get into the fight. After the ninth round, the fight had to be paused shortly because one of Chamber’s gloves was damaged and had to be replaced; a break that seemed to be welcomed by the challenger.
Due to the defensive nature of Chambers, the defending champion was not able to land anymore significant punches to hurt the American; until the final round. Klitschko came out with blazing guns after the eleventh, looking desperately for the knockout. A tired Chambers was not able to keep Klitschko away from him and a brutal, stunning left hook ended matters with only five-seconds left in the fight. Wladimir Klitschko held on to his IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts, scoring an early candidate for knockout of the year and moving to (54-3, 48 KOs). Chambers suffered the second loss of his professional career, the first by knockout. He falls to (35-2).
The co-feature at the ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf saw Klitschko sparring partner Jonathon Banks beating the hard-hitting and always dangerous Travis Walker by knockout in round six. After a lackluster beginning, Banks connected with a big right hand that floored Walker who was unable to continue. The knockout was bizarre, as Banks fell down himself after the punch while Walker showed a delayed reaction and only went to the canvas seconds later. Time was 1:51 minutes. Jonathon Banks, now the NABF heavyweight titleholder, moves to (24-1, 17 KOs). Walker falls to (34-4-1).
British heavyweight Michael Sprott had a quick and fairly easy night with local heavyweight Werner Kreisskott. The referee stopped the bout after 58 seconds of the very first round. The experienced Sprott moves to (32-14, 17 KOs).
Unbeaten giant Alexander Ustinov scored a technical knockout after 32 seconds of the fourth round of a scheduled eight round heavyweight bout against American Ed Mahone. With the win, Ustinov kept his perfect record intact and moves to (20-0, 16 KOs).
Heavyweight Nenad Borovcanin easily dispatched Johnathan Pasi in two rounds. Borovcanin floored his opponent twice with body punches before Pasi’s corner threw in the towel after 54 seconds of the second stanza.
In the opening bout of the evening, light middleweight Domonique Dolton from Detroit, Michigan, defeated local fighter Omar Siala by technical knockout in the fourth and final round. Dolton was in command all the way before the referee decided to halt the action at 2:16 minutes. Dolton moves to (6-0, 3 KOs).