All the build up and the hype for that? Boxing's heavyweight division can't get out of its way sometimes. The latest mess unfolded in Cologne, Germany where it took less than three minutes for Vitali Klitschko to walk out of the ring with his WBC heavyweight title.
With five seconds left in the first round, Cuban Odlanier Solis suffered a leg injury and couldn't continue at 3:00 of the first.
Moving forward, Solis (17-1, 12 KOs) was popped with a decent right hook from Klitschko. As he went to set his left leg, it slid forward and he right knee turned inward. When Solis went to re-plant the right, he went down in a heap. That was it. Fight over.
Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) retains his title with his seventh straight successful defense in his second go around as the WBC champ.
Former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis questioned the validity of the injury, but it appeared Solis was legitimately injured. Lewis joined Tony Paige and Sam Rosen on the free view of the fight on EpixHD.com.
- Vitali Klitschko