Klitschko retains title by “knockout” over Pulev

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By David Martinez / www.dmboxing.com

WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimar Klitschko (63-3 / 54 by KO) defended his title by fifth round knockout over challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-1 / 11 by KO) in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2014.

Wladimir Klitschko v Kubrat Pulev - IBF Heavyweight World Championship

Klitschko recorded three prior knockdowns in the “one-sided” fight before the final knockdown,  in round five, with a tremendous left hook to end the fight.

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It was a sensational performance by Klitschko, who retained his title for the 17th time in his second regin. He now stands just three defenses away from Larry Holmes for second place for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses at twenty. Joe Louis holds the record with twenty five .

The probable scenario for Wladimar Klitschko will be that he will fight the winner of the January 17, 2015, WBC title, fight between Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1 / 21 by KO) of Canada vs. Deontay Wilder (32-0 / 32 by KO) of the USA.  His brother, Vitali Klitschko, held the WBC belt until he vacated it last year. In a statement this week from Wladimar said” I would like to bring the forth title belt back to the family.”

Personally, I feel that sometime in the late Spring of 2015, a heavyweight title “unification” bout will take place on European soil between Klitschko vs. Wilder and we just might have one “undisputed” heavyweight champion in boxing – once again?


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