Vitali Klitschko vs. Danny Williams

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Total Punches Klitschko Williams Landed 296 44 Thrown 519 193 Pct. 47% 23%

2004-12-11 : Vitali Klitschko 250 lbs beat Danny Williams 270 lbs by TKO at 1:26 in round 8 of 12


Klitschko Applies Power
By Steve Springer, Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2004

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LAS VEGAS — It had to be courage and determination that carried Danny Williams into the eighth round Saturday night against Vitali Klitschko in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Williams had nothing else left.

His legs weakened by three blistering knockdowns, he moved around the ring with the uneasy gait of a man walking on a frozen pond.

With a deep cut over his right eye blurring his vision, Williams flailed away at his opponent like a blind man in unfamiliar surroundings.

Once again, Klitschko sent Williams crashing to the canvas in the eighth, a thunderous right hand that left the British fighter staring through swollen eyes at the towering opponent above him.

Somehow, Williams pulled his battered body up once more, but this time, referee Jay Nady signaled what Williams already knew in his heart.

It was over. The fight was stopped at the 1-minute 26-second mark of round eight, giving Klitschko (35-2, 34 knockouts) a victory in the first defense of the World Boxing Council heavyweight title he won in April from Corrie Sanders.

"I feel this was the best performance of my career," said Klitschko, a Ukrainian now living in Los Angeles.

No argument from Williams (32-4, 27), who had earned the title shot by knocking out Mike Tyson in July.

"He doesn't hit as hard as Tyson," Williams said, "but he's more consistent."

The numbers certainly bear that out. Williams, who was down in the first, third and seventh rounds prior to the final knockdown, was behind by 10 points on two judges' scorecards and by 11 on the other.

The punch stats were just as one-sided. Klitschko landed 296 punches to only 44 for Williams. In the power-punch category, Klitschko had an overwhelming 197-38 edge.

"I was surprised because he never gave up," said the 6-foot-7, 250-pound Klitschko, who used his six-inch height advantage to keep his 270-pound foe from inflicting any damage.

"I got cut in the first round," Williams said, "and it was harder and harder to see his right hand as the fight went on. But I kept fighting because this was for the heavyweight championship of the world."



Preceded by:
V. Klitschko vs. Sanders
WBC Heavyweight Title Fight
# 90
Succeeded by:
Rahman vs. Barrett
Interim Title