Klitschko Defeats Brewster On TKO

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) – Volodymyr Klitschko fought most of his title bout against Lamon Brewster with a broken left hand, his trainer said.

Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko (R) lands a punch to his challenger Lamon Brewster from the U.S. during their IBF heavy weight boxing World Championship title fight in Cologne, July 7, 2007. Klitschko won the title fight after Brewster gave up in round six.

Klitschko, who defeated Brewster on a technical knockout Saturday, July 7 to defend his IBF and IBO heavyweight titles, suffered a fracture below the middle knuckle of his left hand during the first round, his assistant trainer Jamen Ali Bashir told The Associated Press.

Klitschko iced his hand immediately after the match, and is now wearing a cast from his left hand up past his elbow, Bashir said before boarding an airplane at the Cologne airport.

"It will take eight weeks to heal," Bashir said.

Despite the injury, the Ukrainian dominated the first five rounds, and landed several strong left jabs that largely went unanswered.

In the sixth round, two massive left-right combinations rocked the American, and Brewster's trainer Buddy McGirt stopped the fight before the seventh round could start.

Both trainers said afterward that Klitschko would have knocked him out in the seventh round.

The win avenged one of Klitschko's most painful losses. When the two met in 2004, Brewster stopped Klitschko with a fifth-round TKO to win the vacant WBO championship in Las Vegas.

Klitschko dominated that fight early on and knocked down Brewster in the fourth round, but the American was saved by the bell. Two left hooks by Brewster in the fifth turned it around.

On July 7, Brewster was returning after a yearlong absence following a loss to Sergei Liakhovich in April 2006 during which the American suffered a detached retina in his left eye that required surgery.

He returned from his layoff to fight Klitschko without even a warmup bout.

Klitschko's record is now 49-3, with 44 knockouts, while Brewster is 33-4 with 29 KOs.

Source: Kyiv Post