Vitali Klitschko vs. Kirk Johnson
2003-12-06 : Vitali Klitschko 250 lbs beat Kirk Johnson 260 lbs by TKO at 2:54 in round 2 of 12
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Arthur Mercante Jr.
- Judge: Fred Ucci
- Judge: Melvina Lathan
- Judge: Tom Kaczmarek
- 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.