Lamon Brewster vs. Wladimir Klitschko (1st meeting)

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Total Punches Klitschko Brewster
Landed 120 43
Thrown 311 158
Pct. 39% 27%
Power Punches Klitschko Brewster
Landed 52 32
Thrown 113 85
Pct. 46% 38%

Lamon Brewster 226 lbs beat Wladimir Klitschko 243 lbs by TKO at 3:00 in round 5 of 12


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  • Lamon Brewster 29-2 (26 KOs) vs. Wladimir Klitschko 42-2 (39 KOs)
  • Bout confirmed on February 26.[1]
  • Klitschko was the #1 WBO heavyweight contender and Brewster was ranked #2.
  • The WBO title was vacated by Corrie Sanders, who relinquished the belt in order to fight Vitali Klitschko for the vacant WBC title.
  • CompuBox punch stats: Klitschko 120/311 (38.6%), Brewster 43/158 (27.2%). This was Klitschko's 11th fight measured by CompuBox.
  • Klitschko's punch output averaged 68 punches per round (5th round excluded), his second highest at that time, lower by 8.6 punches compared to his WBO heavyweight title defense against Ray Mercer (6th round excluded)
  • Klitschko also averaged 23 power punches per round (5th round excluded); against Mercer, Klitschko averaged 28.4 power punches (6th round excluded); against Chris Byrd he averaged 26.33 power shots.
  • Shortly after the fight Klitschko was rushed into the hospital. The examination showed Wladimir's blood sugar level almost two times higher than the permissible norm.
  • After returning from the examination to the hotel, Klitschko fell ill with nausea, followed by physical weakness.
  • On April 12, Wladimir arrived in Las Vegas and donated blood and urine samples for an independent examination, which was supposed to be done by Donald Katlin, who specialized in such cases. The examination showed no signs of anabolic steroids in his blood, but Katlin suggested that Klitschko could have been poisoned with Haloperidol. The drug has no taste or smell and causes mental disorders, which are accompanied by impaired coordination, a weakening reaction and overall physical weakness. After that, Wladimir demanded the tests taken by the Medical Center of South Nevada and the Nevada Quest Diagnostics to be passed on to Dr. Robert Wow for further research. However, the A sample had been disposed of, while the B sample, which was supposed to be stored for years, disappeared.
  • Brewster dedicated his performance to his former trainer, Bill Slayton, who died the previous October.

Ukrainian waved out in fifth round
Associated Press, April 11, 2004

LAS VEGAS -- Lamon Brewster put a stunning end to the heavyweight hopes of one half of the Klitschko brother team.

Brewster came off the canvas Saturday night to land a pair of smashing left hooks to turn the fight around in the fifth round, then won in bizarre fashion after the bell sounded to end the round when referee Robert Byrd waved the fight to an end.

Wladimir Klitschko, the 6-foot-6 Ukrainian who was dominating the fight when he got caught midway through the fifth round with the left hooks, was knocked out for the second time in his last four fights. He was taken to a hospital for a precautionary brain scan on the advice of ring doctor Margaret Goodman.

"It was kill or be killed," said Brewster, who was fighting for the first time in 13 months and was a 7-1 underdog on the day of the fight.

Brewster won the fringe WBO title and put himself in the heavyweight picture, while Klitschko might have to think about whether he will continue to fight. Klitschko's trainer said last month he would advise him to retire if he lost again.

Klitschko's brother, Vitali, was in the corner watching Wladimir dominate until the fateful fifth round. Vitali fights Corrie Sanders for the WBC heavyweight title in two weeks.

Byrd stopped the fight after Klitschko had gone down following an exchange with Brewster that lasted after the bell. Klitschko stumbled into the center of the ring and went down, but it wasn't ruled a knockdown because the bell had already sounded.

Klitschko, though, had trouble getting up, getting to his knees and then haltingly to his feet. Byrd stopped the fight as Klitschko stumbled to his corner, giving Brewster the win by TKO at 3:00 of the fifth round.

"He couldn't take care of himself," Byrd said. "I tried to get a response out of him but there was none. I've never stopped a fight like that before."

Klitschko was winning the fight easily with his punishing left jab and knocked Brewster to the canvas in the fourth round with a vicious right hand. He appeared close to being able to stop Brewster, but Brewster managed to get through the round, with both fighters falling on the canvas after tangling in Brewster's corner at the end of the round.

Midway through the fifth round, Brewster landed the left hooks that changed the fight. Klitschko was hurt and went into the ropes, where Byrd ruled a knockdown. Brewster went back after him and had him hurt when the bell sounded, and then Klitschko went down again.

"I know he's a tough guy. I know he can punch," Brewster said. "But what I wanted to do was show Americans don't lay down."

Brewster said he wouldn't be denied, and thought Klitschko's chin was suspect after being knocked out by Sanders last year in Germany.

"I knew he would get tired, he'd either get tired of hitting me or get tired of me coming forward and putting pressure to his face," Brewster said. [2]

Says mysterious circumstances surround loss
Associated Press, May 5, 2004

LAS VEGAS -- An attorney for heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko has asked for a federal investigation of his loss last month to Lamon Brewster.

Judd Burstein sent the U.S. Attorney's office in Las Vegas a letter asking for the probe, citing what he said were mysterious circumstances surrounding the fight.

Burstein claimed in the letter that Klitschko's blood and urine samples taken after the fight were missing, and said it was suspicious that the odds favoring Klitschko dropped dramatically before the fight.

Klitschko was winning the April 10 fight handily before Brewster knocked him out in the fifth round. He later said he felt drugged after the opening round.

Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Marc Ratner said nothing abnormal happened before, during or after the fight.

"We were so concerned that night that we sent him to the trauma unit instead of the emergency room with a neurosurgeon in the ambulance," Ratner said. "He took all the appropriate tests, both urine and blood. There was nothing in those tests irregular or remarkable."

Klitschko's brother, Vitali, won the WBC heavyweight title April 24 when he stopped Corrie Sanders in the eighth round in Los Angeles. [3]

Preceded by:
Sanders vs. W. Klitschko
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 29
Succeeded by:
Brewster vs. Meehan