2004-04-24 Vitali Klitschko w rsc 8 Corrie Sanders, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - WBC/The Ring
2004-04-24 Vitali Klitschko w rsc 8 Corrie Sanders, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA – WBC/The Ring. Referee: Jon Schorle. In a contest for the vacant WBC title and The Ring magazine Championship Belt, and looking to beat the man who defeated his brother, Klitschko (245) made a sloppy start and was caught by some good punches as Sanders (235) looked to end early. From there onwards though Klitschko took control and although he had a few shaky moments along the way he was gradually wearing his southpaw opponent down, so much so in the fifth round that the South African seemed lucky to remain on his feet. In the sixth and seventh, Sanders barely showed as Klitschko continued to grind him down and in the eighth with just four seconds of the session remaining the referee stopped the fight. At that point Sanders, cut over the left eye, was on the ropes taking a pounding and unable to fight back.