Klitschko Conquers Peter, His Questionable Chin And Stamina

24.09.05 - By Aidan Monaghan: Despite being deposited on the canvas twice in the fifth round and once in the tenth, Wladimir Klitschko - looking much like his brother Vitali in his ability to box and move and much like the former student of his current trainer, Lennox Lewis, through his ability to hit and tie up his opponent when it mattered - Wladimir Klitschko pulled out a close unanimous twelve round decision victory over Samuel Peter, Saturday night in Atlantic City.

It was the type of result that was least expected by anyone - a twelve round decision.

Unlike previous losses for Klitschko when fatigue and knockdowns took their toll, Klitschko overcame these difficulties to return to his game plan that revolved around the most movement ever displayed by Klitschko, combined with timely lefts, rights and hooks..

Stalking Klitschko throughout, Peter was unable to unload accurately or with regularity, due to Klitschko's movement and legal - if not crowd displeasing - use of clinching. Although Peter scored 3 official knockdowns, none were the result of remarkably clean punches.

In the twelfth and final round, Klitschko staggered Peter seriously, but was unable to follow through with any significant punches that could result in a KO. Although Wladimir seemed on the verge of exhaustion throughout the second half of the bout, he never succumbed. And it was Peter who was feeling and showing the effects of the Klitschko attack, with swelling around both eyes.

With this victory, Klitschko now becomes the number one - if less than convincing - uncrowned heavyweight fighter in the world, by improving his record to 45-3, while Peter falls to 24-1, suffering the first loss of his career.

Article posted on 24.09.2005

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