Vitali Klitschko Retains WBC Heavyweight Boxing Title

WROCLAW, Poland == Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine stopped Polish challenger Tomasz Adamek in the 10th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title Saturday.

Vitali Klitschko

Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio stepped in 2 minutes, 20 seconds into the round, ending an utterly dominant performance by the 40-year-old Klitschko.

Klitschko is 6 inches taller than his opponent and used his size advantage, with the 34-year-old Adamek staggering back in the second, sixth and ninth rounds.

Klitschko improved to 43-2 with his 40th knockout. Adamek dropped to 44-2.

Klitschko and younger brother Wladimir retained their hold on all three major heavyweight titles.

"I think the referee made the right decision. He probably could have stopped it a minute earlier," said Wladimir, who holds the IBF and "super" WBA titles as well as the minor WBO and IBO belts.

Adamek was cheered on by the majority of the 42,000 fans at the sold-out municipal stadium.

"He's a very good boxer," Klitschko said. "He was a cruiserweight champion, he was a light heavyweight champion but he's not good enough to be a heavyweight champion because it's a whole other league."

It was merely a matter of time before Adamek's challenge was brought to a halt.

"He was simply the better fighter and he won," Adamek said. "That's sport. You win some and you lose some. This time I lost."

Source: AP