Saturday, March 19, 2011
Vitali Klitschko knocks out Odlanier Solis in the first round
(AP) – 45 minutes ago
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight title with a first-round knockout of Odlanier Solis, who injured his knee in the fall on Saturday.
Klitschko's right to Solis' left temple staggered the Cuban, who wobbled then fell on his back and clutched his right knee.
Solis managed to beat the count but was unsteady on his feet as referee Jose Guadalupe Garcia of Mexico called the fight.
"It was a full blow," Klitschko said in the ring, with the crowd in Cologne's indoor arena booing.
Klitschko's punch came in the final second of the first round, after Solis hit him on the chin with a right.
"It was definitely my knee," Solis said, also in the ring.
He hobbled with help back to his dressing room and was taken to a hospital to have his knee examined.
The sudden end stunned the crowd, which booed and whistled for a long time.
Solis, a former three-time world amateur champ, fell to his first defeat in 18 pro fights.
The 39-year-old Klitschko improved to 42-2.
Photo Gallery: Vitali Klitschko Stops Odlanier Solis
JG: Odlanier Solis ain't Muhammad Ali. What a phony!