2000-10-14 Wladimir Klitschko w pts 12 Chris Byrd, The Arena, Cologne, Germany - WBO

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2000-10-14 Vladimir Klitschko w pts 12 Chris Byrd, The Arena, Cologne, Germany - WBO. Referee: Lou Moret. Scorecards: 120-106, 118-108, 119-107. Up against the man who beat his brother to take the title, Klitschko (238) gained revenge for the family when dethroning Byrd (213½) by a wide margin. Following a nervous start, Klitschko began to use his height and reach advantage to good effect, keeping his southpaw opponent at bay with long left jabs and occasionally sending over heavy right hands. For most of the fight, Byrd seemed at a loss as how to deal with Klitschko and the contest could easily have been halted after he was dropped in the ninth and 11th, his father wanting the fight to be stopped. However, Klitschko missed the opportunity of a stoppage win by not forcing the fight in the last two rounds and Byrd, cut over the right eye, kept out of danger to make it to the final bell.