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Klitschko knocks out Sosnowski in 10

Vitali Klitschko wins
Vitali Klitschko wins

By Paul Upham: WBC heavyweight boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko continued his title reign with a 10th round knockout win over Albert Sosnowski on Saturday night 29th May at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A gallant Sosnowski lasted longer than many had expected, until Klitschko ended it with a looping right hand to the head.

“I was looking for the knockout a couple of rounds before it,” said Klitschko. “Sosnowski is young and fit and I knew I would be able to wear him down in the later rounds.”

38 year-old “Dr Ironfist” Klitschko 40-2 (38) from Ukraine started slowly, but gradually became more aggressive as the fight went on. Many critics labelled 31 year-old “The Dragon” Sosnowski 45-3-1 (27) from Poland as a weak opponent, but he showed impressive tenacity to stay with the champion in the early rounds.

Sosnowski, 224.43 lbs, dressed in lime green and trunks with white trim, was first into the ring and if his task didn’t seem daunting enough, a huge metal bell tolled to announce Klitschko’s entry into the arena. Dressed in black trunks Klitschko, 246.92 lbs, towered over the European champion.

Jabbing tentatively in round 1, Sosnowski stayed on the move as he searched for a way to get inside the long tentacle like arms of Klitschko. Vitali looked extremely confident as his stalked his prey with his right hand cocked, giving the impression that it would be a fast finish.

There was little real action in round 2. Klitschko was coming forward with hands down and jabbing without anything of note connecting.

A left hook from Sosnowski to the eye got Klitschko’s attention in round 3. In round 4, Klitschko was leaning forward trying to entice Sosnowski to punch. It worked to a point, as Sosnowski began taking more risks to his own advantage – landing to Klitschko’s body and arms.

Buoyed by the confidence of his corner, Sosnowski lets his hands go more regularly and was wild with his left hook that just missed its target in round 5.

There was little holding in the fight and American referee Jay Nady was rarely involved. Sosnowski kept his jab working in round 6, but Klitschko finally got into his groove and his left hand was more of a weapon than just a range finder.

There was more aggression from Klitschko in round 7, which forced Sosnowski to trade. A right hand uppercut from Klitschko landed.

In round 8, with Klitschko unable to land his best punches, Sosnowski was gaining confidence and he looked for a period of time to be ready to back the champion up.

The vocal Polish fans in the arena were silenced in round 9 when a right hand from Klitschko landed flush. Sosnowski showed evidence of tiredness for the first time in the fight as a right hand on the chin rocked him. Klitschko held up his right hand and showed it to Sosnowski before following up with another power punch that pushed him back onto the ropes to end the round.

The crowd was behind Klitschko enthusiastically at the beginning of round 10 and there was the feeling that the end was near. Two right hands rocked Sosnowski and the challenger was struggling to survive. His wobbly legs betrayed him and he was bent over from a right hand. Caught in the corner, Klitschko would up his right hand and landed it to the head from a distance. Sosnowski was knocked back and down into the corner and referee Nady waved off the contest at the 2:20 minute mark.

Sosnowski thanked all of his Polish fans present in the arena and conceded he wasn’t good enough on the night.

“Vitali’s performance is all the time pressure and it made me tired,” he said. “I was not strong enough in this fight to win, but maybe in the future I can be world champion.”

Once again, one of the Klitschko brothers put on a rock concert like performance during their entry to the ring with fireworks and foot stomping music. The Veltins Arena was packed with German fans who appreciate boxing on its largest scale.

“I thank all the fans for being so loyal,” said Klitschko. “Each time it surprises me how great the fans are.”

Saturday 29 May 2010
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Vitali Klitschko w.ko.10 Albert Sosnowski
WBC heavyweight world title
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Paul Upham
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