Boxing: Klitschko's victory is efficient but dull

The professional boxing business is thriving in Germany, where a crowd of 61,000 people was entertained on Saturday night in a heavyweight championship fight at the Veltins Arena when one man was hit just once in nine completed rounds.

Wladimir Klitschko retained his good looks and his World Boxing Organisation, International Boxing Organisation and International Boxing Federation championship belts when Ruslan Chagaev's cornermen decided that enough was enough at the end of round nine. Chagaev was cut, bemused and a few million euros richer, but his reputation is ruined.

There was not one messy moment, not one moment of drama and the only punch that landed on Klitschko's whiskers was thrown after the bell sounded and was therefore illegal!

Chagaev did his best to hurt Klitschko's hands, by sitting on the ropes with his ears cradled between his gloves, and offering the towering Ukrainian the chance to land every jab and all but two of his thunderous right hands. If Klitschko missed, he held on for dear life to avoid being hit.

Chagaev actually entered the ring as one of the World Boxing Association's two current world heavyweight champions, which only further complicates the distress all lovers of heavyweight boxing must be feeling. Chagaev, a former world amateur champion, fought a clueless but defiant fight and was hit with jab after jab until his desire joined his tactics in a void.

Klitschko never took a single risk, even when Chagaev retreated to the ropes ready to quit, and at the end was still not fully extending his punches in case Chagaev unleashed a short counter. Some might argue it was a magnificent performance by Klitschko, but heavyweight boxing should be about excitement, risk and the unknown.

Chagaev, to further hurt the division's tarnished image, has beaten the WBA's other incumbent, the massive Russian Nikolay Valuev, and has also, just like Klitschko, taken care of several hapless American heavyweights. The American heavyweight business is in the sporting sewer, with fighters from the last five years clearly lacking the aptitude, the attitude and the appetite for the fight. Meanwhile, a conveyor belt of big, stiff lumps from the former Soviet republics (Chagaev is from Uzbekistan) is still producing talented but dull fighters.

London's David Haye, who many see as a potential saviour, was due tofight Klitschko on Saturday but withdrew two weeks ago and will have to wait for a chance. Klitschko ended Haye's hopes of a quick opportunity, saying: "Haye should get in line and fight with his fists and not his mouth." Haye had vowed to knock out Klitschko, who he insists is scared of being hit.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
fashion
News
videoJapanese prepare for the afterlife by testing out coffins
Arts and Entertainment
Harrison Ford attends Blade Runner at Target Presents AFI's Night at the Movies at ArcLight Cinemas on 24 April, 2013 in Hollywood, California
film... but Ridley Scott won't direct
Sport
Hughes is hit by a bouncer from Sean Abbott
cricketStephen Brenkley on batsman's tragic flaw that led to critical injury
Sport
Dejected England players applaud the fans following their team's 3-0 defeat
football

News
people

Actress isn't a fan of Ed Miliband

News
The Bounceway, designed by Architecture for Humanity
newsLondon to add 'The Bounceway' to commuting options
Life and Style
Stefan Gates with some mince flies
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Rooney Mara plays a white Tiger Lily in forthcoming film Pan
filmFirst look at Rooney Mara in Pan
Life and Style
Customers browse through Vinyl Junkies record shop in Berwick Street, Soho, London
tech
Life and Style
health

Do you qualify – and how do you get it?

Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Junior Carpenter / Carpentry

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Junior Carpenter / Carpentry ...

h2 Recruit Ltd: Business Development Manager - Marketing Technology - £120k

£65000 - £90000 per annum + £150k ote: h2 Recruit Ltd: An award winning innova...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Manager - Hazardous Waste

£30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They supply 5,500 customers in the North...

Langley James : Senior Infrastructure Engineer; VMWare, Windows; Bolton; £40k

£40000 per annum + benefits: Langley James : Senior Infrastructure Engineer; V...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital