Wladimir Klitschko vs. Monte Barrett
2000-07-15 : Wladimir Klitschko 244¼ lbs beat Monte Barrett 220 lbs by TKO at 2:40 in round 7 of 10
- Location: London Arena, Millwall, London, United Kingdom
- Referee: Richard James Davies
- Aired on: HBO
Klitschko unimpressive after first round
Associated Press, July 15, 2000
LONDON -- Vladimir Klitschko floored Monte Barrett in the opening round but then lumbered to an unimpressive seventh-round stoppage victory Saturday in pursuit of his bid for a world title fight.
The towering Ukrainian looked set for an early knockout win to go with the other 31 on his 33-1 previous record. But he failed to follow up the opening round salvo with any more impressive punching until the seventh round when he floored the American three times more and the fight was stopped at 2 minutes, 42 seconds. It was Barrett's second loss against 23 wins.
The fight was on the undercard of the Lennox Lewis-Frans Botha fight -- Lewis stopped Botha in the second round to retain his WBC and IBF world heavyweight titles -- and Klitschko did little to indicate he will be joining them soon.
Outweighing his opponent by 23 pounds and at least three inches taller, Klitschko wobbled Barrett with a short left in the middle of the opening round and, staggering onto the ropes, the American went down under lefts and rights for an eight count.
Klitschko also put Barrett down in the fourth with a slap combination that had the American rolling across the canvas. But the contest then developed into a mauling muddle in which the Ukrainian, watched by Lewis' fans at London Arena, failed to unload.
He finally found his range again early in the seventh with a short right hand which put Barrett down. Another right floored the American and finally a left-right combination prompted referee Richie Davies to halt the fight.