2003-06-21 Lennox Lewis w rsc 6 Vitali Klitschko, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC/The Ring
2003-06-21 Lennox Lewis w rsc 6 Vitali Klitschko, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC. Referee: Lou Moret. Looking overweight and sluggish, Lewis (256½) turned in one of his worst championship performances and would surely have lost had it not been for Klitschko (248) suffering from an horrendous cut around his left eye from the third round, an injury which eventually necessitated 60 stitches. At the end of the sixth the doctor failed to let the challenger continue and the fight was called off, not going to the scorecards because the initial punch that did the damage was deemed to be legal. Lewis announced his retirement in February 2004 and Klitschko was nominated to meet Corrie Sanders to decide the vacant title.