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Wladimir Klitschko vs. Derrick Jefferson

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Total Punches Klitschko Jefferson
Landed 16 5
Thrown 44 57
Pct. 36% 9%

2001-03-24 : Wladimir Klitschko 246 lbs beat Derrick Jefferson 260¼ lbs by TKO at 2:09 in round 2 of 12

Klitschko retains WBO title, March 24, 2001

MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- Wladimir Klitschko jumped on Derrick Jefferson's mistakes Saturday, needing just two powerful shots to stop the American in the second round and defend his WBO heavyweight title.

The Ukrainian dropped Jefferson with a straight right in the second round, catching the American on a left eye that was swollen from the first round knockdown. That may have already left him blinded on one side and unable to see the punch coming.

Jefferson, 24-3-1 with 20 knockouts, struggled to his feet, but stumbled around until Klitschko sent him back down and the fight was stopped. Those blows didn't look clean, but the American was clearly already glassy-eyed.

"It went the way I wanted it to. I used his mistakes -- that is what boxing is all about," said Klitschko, now 36-1 with 33 knockouts.

Jefferson pushed aside a slow left from Klitschko with his glove on the knockout blow, exposing his jaw, and the Ukrainian didn't hesitate, stepping fully into the straight right he threw, sending the 260 pound Jefferson sprawling to the canvas.

Klitschko, who turned 25 on Sunday, said he hoped to fight Lennox Lewis, regarded by most as the undisputed heavyweight champion.

"If it's this year or next, I don't care. The most important thing is he doesn't retire," the Ukrainian said.

Jefferson, known for his wild style, and just an inch shorter than the 6-foot-7 Ukrainian charged out from the opening seconds, but it was clear the fight wasn't going to last long at the end of the first round.

Jefferson missed with a right and Klitschko jarred the American with a short left jab that dropped the American in his tracks with 30 seconds left in the round. He got up, but was clearly hurt.

Klitschko, the 1996 Olympic super heavyweight champion won the lightly regarded WBO title in October by pounding American Chris Byrd over 12 rounds, but it was the first time he had faced a fighter as big as himself.

The big Ukrainian probably didn't hurt a growing reputation that he one the most promising young fighters in the weak heavyweight division.

"Hello America, we're coming. We've layed the groundwork," said Klitschko promoter Hans-Peter Kohl, about his protege, who is already a huge draw in Germany and a folk hero in his homeland.

Jefferson had previously lost to two contendors, David Izon in nine rounds, and Kazakstan's Oleg Maskaev in the fourth after he twisted his ankle in the first round.

But Jefferson, who once said of himself, that he just goes out and throws punches paid for it immediately against Klitschko, who had demonstrated against Byrd that he has some speed and boxing skills. [1]

Preceded by:
Byrd vs. W. Klitschko I
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 23
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Shufford

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