Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) scored a fifth-round knockout over Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 12 KOs) to successfully defend his Heavyweight titles at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Klitschko, 37, of the Ukraine, scored four knockdowns in a systematic dismantling of Pulev, a 33-year-old native of Bulgaria.
Pulev swung for the fences early in the first round but was greeted with a strong clinch by Klitschko.
Pulev managed to land short right hands to Klitschko’s body and head, but was soon separated from Klitschko and began standing in front of him with an open guard.
Pulev’s arms were far from his face as he came forward, which allowed Klitschko to land a left hook that immediately knocked Pulev down.
Pulev rose to his feet to clown a bit, as if to say that he was okay, but he was clearly hurt.
Pulev was then knocked down again but with a right hand. The fight seemed to be over in the very first round.
Pulev’s will, however, allow him to make it into the following rounds.
Klitschko then landed a left hook in round three that knocked Pulev down, but it was more of a push.
Nevertheless, it became clearer and clearer that Pulev had no answers.
Pulev was then knocked down and out by another left hook in the fifth round.
Klitschko continues his reign as the undisputed Heavyweight champion in the world and it seems as if this reign won’t be coming to an end anytime soon.