Vladimir Klitschko Stops Samuel Peter, Retains Titles

Vladimir Klitschko extended his reign as the WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion of the world by pummeling challenger Samuel Peter of Nigeria for ten rounds before the referee stopped the fight, which was held in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday.

Klitschko, who was floored three times before securing a points win when he met Peter five years ago, dominated the Nigerian this time, as the Ukrainian champion landed his left hooks and right jabs with precession. By the second round, Klitschko was in control and by the middle rounds, Peter’s eyes were already swollen and his vision impaired.

The end came with one minute and 22 seconds remaining in the tenth round, when Klitschko landed a barrage of punches to the head that had Peter, bloodied but unbowed, falling to the canvass. Referee Robert Byrd did not bother to count out Peter, as the 40,000 people inside the Frankfurt Arena celebrated another victory by Klitschko, who has adopted Germany as his second home.