My prediction is that: The mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev would go as far as Round 10. Before the defending champion, Wladimir Kltischko knocks him out.
But man! I thought it’s all over in Round 1. The crowd at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany were roaring, as the fight seemed to end as early as Round 1.
Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO’s) dropped Pulev twice in Round 1 with vicious left hooks. But the former undefeated Pulev (20-1, 11 KO’s) immediately back on his feet.
He even stood on one leg to show he was fine. But then again, the 38 year old Klitschko landed another left hook that sent Pulev down again. This time, I’m thinking — this could be it.
Pulev hurt but was able to get up and survived the rocky first round.
In the second, Klitschko started the hit-hug combination. But referee Tony Weeks’ quick to separate them.
I thought that during clinches Pulev can maneuver his way to score and land significant punches.
But I’m wrong.
He contented to land rabbit punches. And to the side of Klitschko’s body. It has no significant effect.
In the third, it seemed the 33 year old Pulev recovered. He was able to land some good jabs.
What I noticed is that: Pulev never had a solid defense that would at least deter the rangy left hook of Klitschko.
He don’t have even the head movement to slip incoming punches. While Klitschko was precise with his punches.
Then, a big Klitschko right hand landed on Pulev. I don’t understand how Pulev took that. He remained standing to his credit.
But another left hook dropped Pulev again. He still survived the round. I’m thinking this could be over in Round 4.
Well, in Round 4 Pulev was a little brave and scored some right hands. But Klitschko resorted to his holding again. I’m surprised Pulev survived another round.
The end of Pulev came in Round 5. Klitschko landed again his most effective arsenal of the night — the left hook — sent Pulev flat on his back.
There’s no way Pulev can survive this time. Tony Weeks halted the contest 2:11 in Round 5.
With the win, Klitschko retains four heavyweight world titles including The Ring and TBRB titles. This is also his 21 straight victories, including 17 title defenses.