Vitali Klitschko vs. Chris Byrd

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2000-04-01 : Chris Byrd 210¾ lbs beat Vitali Klitschko 244¼ lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 9 of 12


  • Byrd, in training for a fight against Lawrence Clay-Bey, took the fight on ten days notice after the original challenger, Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, pulled out due to a hepatitis infection.
  • Klitschko retired on his stool after the ninth round due to a shoulder injury. He was later diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff.
  • After Klitschko quit, HBO commentator Larry Merchant said, "He doesn’t have the mentality of a champion. I can hardly believe what I just saw."
  • Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial judge, had Klitschko ahead 88-83 at the time of the stoppage.
  • Klitschko landed 132 of 502 total punches (26%) and 115 of 326 power shots (35%). Byrd connected on 124 of 284 total punches (44%) and 82 of 163 power shots (50%).

Preceded by:
V. Klitschko vs. Sullivan
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 21
Succeeded by:
Byrd vs. W. Klitschko I