Wladimir Klitschko vs. Fabian Meza

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1996-11-16 : Wladimir Klitschko 220½ lbs beat Fabian Meza 220½ lbs by KO at 1:35 in round 1 of 4

  • Location: Sporthalle, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
  • Referee: Norbert Krosch

Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko made his professional debut an emphatic one, flooring Fabian Meza twice for an opening-round knockout.

Meza (4-1-1) came out aggressively and looked to take the fight to Klitschko. The pair exchanged power shots, before a series of rights and lefts at 1:11 sent Meza stumbling backward, hard into the ropes, and down on his backside for a count of six.

To his credit, Meza charged back in for more and was met with a combination capped with massive right hook that sent him crashing to the mat, flat on his back, striking his head hard on the canvas. Without beginning a count, the referee waved an end to the bout and called for the doctors to enter the ring.

Meza was eventually able to get to his feet and appeared to be decently recovered leaving the ring.


  • Wladimir Klitschko (debut) vs. Fabian Meza 4-1-1 (1 KO)
  • Fight was on the undercard of Artur Grigorian vs. Marty Jakubowski.
  • It was the first and only fight for Meza outside the United States.
  • Meza fought twice more following this bout. In his next fight, he was knocked out in the first round, oddly enough, by Lamon Brewster (3-0). In his final fight, Mark Green (2-3) stopped him in the second.