Wladimir Klitschko vs. DaVarryl Williamson

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2004-10-02 : Wladimir Klitschko 244 lbs beat DaVarryl Williamson 218 lbs by TD at 3:00 in round 5 of 10


Klitschko wins split decision after head butt
Associated Press, October 4, 2004

LAS VEGAS -- Wladimir Klitschko was knocked down and ended the fight bleeding on his stool. He looked anything but a winner, but the scorecards said otherwise.

Klitschko won a split decision over DaVarryl Williamson after the fight was stopped at the end of the fifth round Saturday night because of a head butt. The ring doctor ruled Klitschko was bleeding too badly to continue, but the decision went to the ringside scorecards because the butt was unintentional.

Klitschko, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, was coming back after being stopped in the fifth round of his last fight with Lamon Brewster. His fate looked uncertain again when Williamson threw a right hand that dropped him to one knee in the fourth round.

That was one of only a few punches landed by Williamson, though, who lost four of the five rounds on two scorecards. Two judges had Wladimir Klitschko winning 49-46, while the third had Williamson ahead 48-47.

"It was not an easy fight," Klitschko said. "I really felt his right hand."

Klitschko was booed by many in the crowd at the outdoor arena at Caesars Palace after the decision was announced. But he landed most of the bigger punches, other than the right hand that dropped him 40 seconds in the fourth round.

"He hit me with the right hand but I was off balance," Klitschko said.

Klitschko said before the fight that he needed a big win to gain his confidence back. He has been knocked out in two of his last four fights

"I never lost my confidence after the Brewster fight," he said. "I would be happy to get back in the ring as soon as possible."

Klitschko (43-3) was bleeding from a cut on his left eye in the fourth round, and blood was pouring out of a cut above his right eye following the head butt in the closing seconds of the fifth round. But Williamson (20-3) seemed content to circle and stay away from his right hand most of the fight.