Vitali Klitschko vs. Kirk Johnson

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2003-12-06 : Vitali Klitschko 250 lbs beat Kirk Johnson 260 lbs by TKO at 2:54 in round 2 of 12

Total Punches Klitschko Johnson
Landed 55 9
Thrown 113 65
Pct. 49% 14%
Jabs Klitschko Johnson
Landed 16 5
Thrown 45 40
Pct. 36% 13%
Power Punches Klitschko Johnson
Landed 39 4
Thrown 68 25
Pct. 57% 16%
  • WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator
  • Time: 2:54
  • Weights: Klitschko 250 lbs, Johnson 260 lbs


Klitschko was able to control the range of the fight, and landed often with right hands. Johnson tried to work behind his jab and set up some winging power shots, but was unable to connect on his taller opponent. In round 2, Johnson was wobbled by right hand behind the ear, and was down to his knees after a barrage of punches from Klitschko. Johnson would rise at the count of two, but was on the canvas seconds later after another barrage of punches from Klitschko. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. did not pick up a count and stopped the fight as Johnson attempted to make his way up.