2002-03-16 Wladimir Klitschko w rsc 8 Frans Botha, Hans Martin Schleyer Hall, Stuttgart, Germany - WBO
2002-03-16 Wladimir Klitschko w rsc 8 Frans Botha, Hans Martin Schleyer Hall, Stuttgart, Germany - WBO. Referee: Genaro Rodriguez. Although Botha (241½) tried hard to get through the defences of the 6’6” champion he was up against it right from the opening bell as jabs rained in on him. By the fifth both of Botha’s eyes were beginning to close, and prior to the end of the seventh he had been staggered several times by heavy blows from both hands. The end was in sight. After Botha had been smashed to the floor by a Klitschko left hook, which came on the back of a cracking right that had sent him stumbling around the ring, the referee concluded the contest after just 48 seconds of the session despite the South African being back on his feet.