Vitali Klitschko vs. Chris Byrd

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Chris Byrd 211 lbs beat Vitali Klitschko 244 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 9 of 12

  • Date: 2000-04-01
  • Location: Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany
  • Referee: Genaro Rodriguez
  • Judge: Joachim Jacobsen 83-88
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  • Judge: Melvina Lathan 83-88
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  • Judge: Dr Ruben M Garcia 82-89
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Comments

  • Byrd, in training for a fight against Lawrence Clay-Bey, took the fight on ten days notice after the original challenger, Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, pulled out due to a hepatitis infection.
  • Klitschko retired on his stool after the ninth round due to a shoulder injury. He was later diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff.
  • After Klitschko quit, HBO commentator Larry Merchant said, "He doesn’t have the mentality of a champion. I can hardly believe what I just saw."
  • Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial judge, had Klitschko ahead 88-83 at the time of the stoppage.
  • Klitschko landed 132 of 502 total punches (26%) and 115 of 326 power shots (35%). Byrd connected on 124 of 284 total punches (44%) and 82 of 163 power shots (50%).


Preceded by:
V. Klitschko vs. Sullivan
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 21
Succeeded by:
Byrd vs. W. Klitschko I