WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko laid down a five round knockout on BulgarIan challenger Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg, Germany.
A massive left hook did the damage for ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ as Pulev was sent to the floor hard and never looked like recovering as the referee completed his count.
Klitschko, 38, scored a 53rd career stoppage in the process of retaining his collection of belts, whilst inflicting a first defeat on Pulev to the delight of the crowd,
The formidable Ukrainian further strengthened his stranglehold on the top division in quicker than expected fashion at the O2 World Arena and remains undefeated in over a decade.
In the build-up to the fight, predictions that Pulev would be the one to run Klitschko closer than recent challengers were bandied about, although ultimately Klitschko showed once again that he is streets ahead of even the best contenders of offer.
The likes of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder face a tough job if any of them are going to be able to topple Klitschko and take his crown in the New Year.
Also on the card, former European light-heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht, 32, overcame Christian Pawlak through eight rounds to score a first win since June 2013.
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