2000-04-01 Chris Byrd w rtd 9 Vitali Klitschko, Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany - WBO
2000-04-01 Chris Byrd w rtd 9 Vitali Klitschko, Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany - WBO. Referee: Genaro Rodriguez. While Byrd (210¾) was a difficult target to hit and made Klitschko (244¼) miss repeatedly, the crowd were amazed when the champion was retired on his stool with the tenth almost ready to get underway. Although Klitschko had not been at his best he was well ahead at that stage of the fight, having won seven of the nine rounds contested, but had failed to shift his southpaw opponent with the occasional heavy right. Afterwards, the reason given for Klitschko’s retirement was that he had suffered a rotator cuff injury to his left shoulder, something that probably occurred in the third round.