Tonight, Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF, WBO and IBO titles with a tenth round knockout over Samuel Peter at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.
Sam entered the ring first looking motivated and focused for the bout while we were treated to clips of Wladimir on various screens with the once prime, Great Muhammad Ali, sending out an obvious message to the German crowd that he belongs up there with the Great fighters of yesterday.
Peter came out for the first round bobbing and weaving in an attempt to evade that famous Klitschko ram rod jab but to little effect as Wladimir used it effectively, missing only ocassionally and hitting Peter with thumping right hands, his technical improvement from the last bout in 2005, blatantly showing effect.
This trend continued throughout with Peter’s right eye beginning to swell noticeably from the third.
He tried to land with big right’s and left’s but missed often as Wladimir kept Peter at range with his left jab.
By the seventh, the fight looked like a formality win for the 6ft 6 inch Ukrainian and at the end of the round, Peter’s tank looked empty but his spirit carried him on.
Referee, Robert Byrd was active throughout the bout, repeatedly warning Peter for various offenses such as low blows and, what seemed to him, excessive clinching but was oblivious to Wladimir’s own holding.
The end for the brave Samuel Peter finally came in the tenth when he was wobbled by big powerful right and left hooks and finally fell to the champion. Robert Byrd did not bother with the count as he laid on his back, his face full of realisation that it was all over for him.
In the end, tonight was just another victory for Wladimir and also another routine jab fest that proved very little for the heavyweight division except, perhaps, for David Haye and that he will, no doubt, be a very formidable foe if ever the two step into the ring.
Once Haye, no doubt, gets Harrison out of the way on November 13th then an agreement will hopefully and finally be reached!
I am not holding my breath, though.
With the exception of Alexander Povetkin, who, himself, does not seem to come across that he is ready for the bout with Wladimir, there really is nobody of note out there that can challenge either brother and while David Haye’s big talk is full of promises, it is not a guarantee of delivery.
However, as of right now, in the heavyweight division it is the only fight we have left.