Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko

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Total Punches Lewis Klitschko Landed 102 156 Thrown 222 432 Pct. 46% 36% Jabs Lewis Klitschko Landed 52 77 Thrown 120 240 Pct. 43% 32% Power Punches Lewis Klitschko Landed 50 79 Thrown 102 192 Pct. 49% 41%

2003-06-21 : Lennox Lewis 256½ lbs beat Vitali Klitschko 248 lbs by TKO at 3:00 in round 6 of 12


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  • Klitschko was a substitute for Kirk Johnson, who pulled out of the fight because of a partial tear of his left pectoral muscle.
  • Klitschko was rated #1 by the WBC.
  • Lewis was a 5-1 favorite.
  • The fight aired live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
  • There was a crowd of 15,939.
  • At 256½ lbs, Lewis was fighting at the heaviest weight of his career.
  • Klitschko shook Lewis with a right to the chin in the second round.
  • A right from Lewis opened a grotesque cut over Klitschko's left eye in the third round.
  • The fight was stopped after the sixth round on the advice of Dr. Paul Wallace, the ringside physician, due to the cut over Klischko's left eye.
  • Klitschko had four cuts on his face and one in his mouth. The cuts required 60 stitches.
  • This was Lewis's last fight. He announced his retirement February 6, 2004.


  • Lennox Lewis: "I was getting to him. Look at his face. Just look at the state of his face. It was only a matter of time. It was deteriorating. The referee saved his face."
  • Vitali Klitschko: "Right now, I feel like the people's champion. I did not want them to stop the fight. My strategy was to take it into the seventh and eighth rounds. My strategy was working. I knew his conditioning was not good."

Preceded by:
Lewis vs. Tyson
WBC Heavyweight Title Fight
# 88
Succeeded by:
V. Klitschko vs. Sanders