Wladimir Klitschko vs. Calvin Brock

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Total Punches Klitschko Brock
Landed 90 77
Thrown 305 280
Pct. 30% 28%
Total Jabs Klitschko Brock
Landed 62 26
Thrown 218 158
Pct. 28% 16%
Power Punches Klitschko Brock
Landed 28 51
Thrown 87 122
Pct. 32% 42%

2006-11-11 : Wladimir Klitschko 241 lbs beat Calvin Brock 224½ lbs by TKO at 2:10 in round 7 of 12

Klitschko drops Brock in the seventh to defend title
By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, November 11, 2006

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NEW YORK -- Wladimir Klitschko established his hard left jab early and often, then he went to work with his right hand.

When he finally did, it was devastating.

Klitschko (47-3, 42 KOs) was making the first defense of the title he won in April with an impressive knockout of Chris Byrd in Germany. Now in the United States to defend his belt, Klitschko wrecked Brock (29-1), the only previously undefeated American heavyweight contender.

He landed a left hook followed by a massive right hand that knocked Brock to the canvas face-first.

Brock was able to get to his knees, then to his feet, before the full count. However, Brock was very shaky, and referee Wayne Kelley stopped the bout at 2:10.

"I should have done that earlier in the fight," Klitschko said of finally bringing a right hand behind his left. "It took me a little time to get the distance I needed and to get my rhythm. He was a good defensive fighter. Anytime you defeat an undefeated fighter, you've accomplished something.

"When I landed the combination, I thought he was done."

Although Klitschko led on all three scorecards at the time of the TKO, the fight was competitive as Klitschko, 30, and Brock, 31, took turns swapping hard shots. Klitchko's jab was accurate and hard, and Brock pounded Klitschko's body.

Klitschko concentrated on throwing his jab through the first four rounds. He landed many of them but wouldn't follow with a right hand until the fifth round.

When he finally landed one at the end of the fifth round, it seemed to shake Brock and set the stage for what was to come.

When Brock opened a small cut over the corner of Klitschko's left eye in the fifth, it pushed Klitschko to try to finish the fight as quickly as possible.

"I felt a little bit of urgency at that point," Klitschko said. "But at that point, the fight developing my way anyway."

The sixth round had plenty of action. With the crowd chanting "USA! USA! USA!" in support of Brock, they went at each other with abandon.

At one point, their feet got tangled up and they went crashing to the floor, but a few seconds later, they were back on their feet swapping hard shots with Klitschko seemingly getting the better of the action.

But in the seventh, it was all Klitschko.

He badly hurt Brock with a right hand that backed him up near the ropes. Klitschko continued to let his hands go until finally pounding Brock to the canvas with a fight-finishing right hand.

"I saw the punch coming but I couldn't react fast enough to get out of the way. I wasn't surprised by how hard he punched. He had a better jab than I thought he would," said Brock, who went from unwanted 2000 U.S. Olympian to one of the top contenders in the world. "He's very strong. He's got a good defense and good jab. I thought I could get behind my jab better and my right hand. I wasn't able to. He's got good movement and he's very good. I'll be back. I will still be champion."

Said Tom Yankello, Brock's trainer: "Wladimir fought a good fight. Calvin didn't move his head as much as he did in camp and he didn't move as much laterally as he did in camp."

Klitschko landed 90 of 305 blows (30 percent), according to CompuBox statistics, including 62 of 218 jabs (28 percent).

Brock, meantime, connected on 77 of 280 punches (28 percent) but only 26 of 158 jabs (16 percent).

With Brock dispatched, Klitschko hopes to unify belts. There is American Shannon Briggs, who won a title last week by knocking out Sergei Liakhovich in the 12th round to break the stranglehold on titles by fighters from the former Soviet Republic.

Klitschko was originally supposed to fight Briggs before the deal fell apart and Briggs took the Liakhovich fight.

Nikolai Valuev of Russia and Oleg Maskaev, who is from Kazakhstan, also hold belts.

Klitschko, who is from Ukraine but recently moved to New York, doesn't care which one of them he faces.

"Any of the title holders. Anyone with a belt," he said. "It doesn't matter." [1]

Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Byrd II
IBF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 46
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Austin
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Byrd II
IBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 22
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Austin