2004-12-11 Vitali Klitschko w rsc 8 Danny Williams, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring
2004-12-11 Vitali Klitschko w rsc 8 Danny Williams, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – WBC/The Ring. Referee: Jay Nady. Although he showed great bravery in the face of a one-way thrashing the challenger had no answers to the hard-punching Klitschko (250), being put down four times before the referee had seen enough and brought matters to a halt at 1.26 of the eighth round. If nothing else, Williams (270), who strangely came in at a weight that hindered his speed, certainly disproved the British ‘horizontal’ heavyweight theory prevalent in America over the years. However, courage itself does not win contests and the man famous for beating Mike Tyson had to be rescued, almost from himself.
Due to defend The Ring and WBC titles on 12 November 2005 against Hasim Rahman, who had outpointed Monte Barrett over 12 rounds at the United Centre, Chicago, Illinois on 13 August 2005 to win the vacant WBC ‘interim’ title, Klitschko announced his retirement on 8 November 2005. Having pulled out of the fight on suffering an injury to his right knee, just days later it was announced that Rahman was the new WBC champion.
The Ring Championship Belt would not be available again until Vitali’s brother, Wladimir, met Ruslan Chagaev on 20 June 2009.