• Germany's news in English

Klitschko scores knockout in farcical fight

The Local · 20 Mar 2011, 12:42

Published: 20 Mar 2011 12:42 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The fight was just three minutes old when Klitschko caught the Cuban on the top of the head and the 30-year-old rocked briefly before tumbling awkwardly to the canvas for the first defeat of his career.

The referee ruled the Cuban had injured his knee in the fall and was unable to continue, awarding Klitschko a technical knockout.

It was a bizarre end to a short fight and the champion was left shrugging his shoulders in frustration as the crowd at Cologne's Lanxess Arena booed their disapproval at what was effectively a non-contest.

"It's really bad luck, but I slipped and I picked up the injury," said a clearly embarrassed Solis.

"It will take me a lot of time to get over this, because I am not used to losing."

The fight will do nothing to boost Klitschko's credibility after he was taken to 12 rounds by America's Shannon Briggs last October, despite the US fighter having torn a bicep in the opening rounds.

"I'm disappointed, because that should have been the first of 12 rounds," said Klitschko, who struggled to make himself heard over the cat-calls from boxing fans.

"But after I hit him, he did not seem to want to keep fighting."

This was the 39-year-old's sixth defence of the title he won by beating Nigeria's Samuel Peter in Berlin in October 2008.

With younger brother Vladimir holding the IBF and WBO crowns, only Britain's David Haye, who is set to face Vladimir in June or July, stands between the Ukrainian siblings and domination of the weight division.

Having turned pro in 1996, this was Klitschko's 44th bout, his 42nd victory and 39th knockout, with only defeats to Britain's Lennox Lewis, in 2003, and America's Chris Byrd blotting his record.

Story continues below…

Solis, 30, came into the fight with an undefeated record of 12 knockouts from 17 fights.


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

17:07 March 20, 2011 by wenddiver
What's the problem? I'll tell you boxing has become dancing and tapping for points and bears no resembelence to a real fight. Muhammed Ali messed the sport up. I fail to see the problem with the better fighter knocking the bejesus out of somebody. Think about it, Howmany times have you lightly tapped somebody with a beer bottle on the nogin and knocked them out of a fight or punch somebody in the larno and they go to the ground gasping for air? To have any self-defence value fighting has to simulte this effect. To create the false effect that everybody with a little will power can stand up to anybody else for several rounds is just silly.

That is why so many people like myself have switched to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), because in real life people consider it a good thing when they beat their opponent right away. Ultimate Fight Club (UFC) is a lot more likely to get my pay per view dollar than boxing, now days. I personally love the way western boxing has done so poorly, because it was teaching things that were bad for self-defence. Not using elbows to the face, knee shots to the stomach or eveb trying to jump on your opponent and hit him in the face or get an arnbar when he is on the ground is teaching yong men to leave half their self-defence arsenal behind.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Ground game)and Thai Muyay Thai Boxing have come to dominate in MMA and more importantly in the real world too. It is no accident that the the US Army;s Ranger Battalion teaches MMA. Use what works, wok that which is useful.

Fighting was the evolutionary step that made us men. At some point we were a buch of squealing primates scared to come out of a tree. We were Prey. Weak victims of every two bit predator on the planet and then a heroe stepped forward. He was not afraid to challenge the beast with claw and fangs! He showed the rest of us the way forward and our brains and muscles began to grow and think up better ways to crush the Predators. The brain that designed the weapons that moved us from prey to predator also designed medicine, shelter, art, nations, Coca-Cola, Rock-and Roll, Las Vegas, etc.

I will say it once again, nobody loses a MMA fight and says that was garbage let's settle this with a Soccer match, that's hy it's the ultimate sport.
23:41 March 20, 2011 by wood artist
Hmm. I just read that Solis suffered a torn ACL. Although I perhaps understand the frustration for those who paid big money to see only three minutes, isn't this exactly why they went in the first place.

Boxing is a sport where people pay to watch somebody beat the daylights out of somebody else. Pointless, but there it is. So, if they hit the guy enough to injure him, doesn't that mean the fight was a success? Does he have to bleed? Should he be carried out on a stretcher? Does he have to be hospitalized to make a "good fight?" Does the winner get extra points if his opponent dies?

Yeah, there weren't any pictures of somebody whose face was beaten to a pulp, and, apparently, no blood. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!

Maybe it's time for people to grow up and recognize boxing for what it truly is, and always has been: Brutal, barbaric, and only slightly different than the deaths in the Roman Coliseum.

08:14 March 21, 2011 by auniquecorn
they need to re-schedule the fight, Klitschko would of gotten creamed if Solis´s knee did´nt give out.

Sh!t happens.

Klitschko can brag all he wants, because he had another, gimme. he wont admit it thiu.
09:54 March 21, 2011 by Gaffers
I agree that boxing has in some areas been ruined by the money. Fights are not always set up as the best against the best but just to give the champion a fight whereby he can extend his reign. Having said that this was just unfortunate that Solis got injured. It happens. I watched a football match yesterday where 2 players got injured in the first 20 minutes. It changed one teams game plan but it was just unlucky. It happens.

The point about MMA is for me not valid. Boxing isn't only about beating the crap out of the opponent nor self defence. It is about boxing skill. the ability to beat your opponent using guile and agility. MMA and boxing have different purposes. I know, let's spice up F1 and allow rockets. Whatever it takes to wins eh?

If I want to see someone beat the s**t out of someone else I'd just go out in England on a Saturday night.

The human brain has evolved and it continues to do so. We have moved beyond the animalistic (in most cases !). what is so wonderful about trying to keep that animal instinct going? Eqch to their own. If you want realistic animal aggression watch MMA. If you want tactical and skillful watch Boxing. They are not mutually exclusive.
Today's headlines
Eurowings braces as cabin crew union proclaims strike
Photo: DPA

A union representing cabin crew for Lufthansa's budget airline Eurowings announced that strikes could take place at any time over the next two weeks, starting on Monday.

Mysterious German U-boat wreckage found off Scotland
Photo: ScottishPower

First World War U-boat "attacked by sea monster” thought to be found off Scottish coast.

Supermarket Edeka warns of exploding apple juice bottles
Photo: DPA

"Risk of injury" from "Gut und Günstig" sparkling apple juice bottles has forced Germany's largest supermarket to recall the product.

By wheelchair from Syria to Germany: teen's story of hope
Nujeen Mustafa. Photo: HarperCollins-William Collins Publicity/Private

She tackled the gruelling 2,000-kilometre migrant trail in a wheelchair, translating along the way for other refugees using English she learned from a US soap opera. Now this teen is living in Germany and hoping to inspire others with a newly published memoir.

Berlin Zoo to have a pair of pandas by next summer
A recently born panda pair at Vienna Zoo. Photo: DPA

The giant bamboo-eating bears will move into a brand new 5,000 square-metre enclosure in the capital's Zoologischer Garten.

Two new spider species discovered in Munich
Zoropsis spinimana. Photo: rankingranqueen / Wikimedia Commons

It's news every arachnophobe in Munich is no doubt thrilled to hear: two types of spider new to the region have been discovered in the Bavarian capital - and one of them bites!

After woman's body found in barrel, husband may walk free
Franziska S., who went missing 24 years ago. Photo: Hanover police.

A woman disappeared in Hanover 24 years ago, but no one reported her missing. Although her husband has now confessed to her murder, he still may not step foot in jail.

Two injured after army tank falls 50 metres in Alps
A Bundeswehr Puma tank. File photo: DPA

A Bundeswehr (German army) soldier has been severely injured after the tank he was riding in crashed 50 metres down an embankment after going off course in bad weather.

Teen girl stands trial for 'Isis' police stabbing in Hanover
Police guard the courthouse in Celle. Photo: DPA

A teenage girl stands trial from Thursday in Germany for stabbing a police officer, an assault allegedly "ordered" by Isis but which was not claimed by the jihadist group.

Merkel threatens Putin with more sanctions on Berlin visit
Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel created a united front with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin on Thursday to denounce Russia’s “war crimes” in Syria.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd