• Vitali Klitschko v Manuel Charr

Klitschko defends belt after Charr cut

ESPN staff
September 8, 2012
The fight was stopped after a cut to Manuel Charr's eye © Getty Images

Vitali Klitschko barely made it out of second gear as he successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title for the ninth time with a fourth-round stoppage of Manuel Charr in Moscow.

In what could be Klitschko's last professional fight, the Ukrainian sent Charr crashing to the canvas for the first time in the second round after a big right fist.

Klitschko never looked in danger of defeat and in the end it was an anti-climactic end to the fight when referee Guido Cavalleri stopped the fight on the advice of the ringside doctor after Klitschko opened a cut over Charr's right eye.

"I'm a bit disappointed because I wanted to win by a real knockout not a technical one," Klitschko said.

"I was ready to keep on fighting and Charr also wanted. But it was the doctor's decision and it was his responsibility."

Midway through the third round Klitschko made a decisive hook. It was Klitschko's ninth consecutive successful title defence since beating Samuel Peter in 2008.

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