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Vitali Klitschko on The Solis TKO, The Punch, Injury, More

By Ruslan Chikov

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko took some time to discuss Saturday's first round technical knockout of Odlanier Solis in Cologne, Germany. Klitschko threw a right hand that landed. Solis stumbled backwards and baldy injured his right knee. He was unable to continue and fight was stopped. Klitschko was both happy and upset with the outcome. 19,000 fans paid a lot of money to watch a fight and instead they saw a three minute controversial ending.

"I'm happy and sad at the same time. I'm happy that I defended my title. But I was very upset by the fact that most viewers wanted to see a spectacular match, and expected to see a battle, a hard fight, but the fight lasted only one round. I was upset that I couldn't show everything that I practiced in training. I was ready to put on a good fight, and I had hoped that the fight would last longer than one round. But this is boxing and sometimes everything is decided with one punch, Klitschko told Dmitry Grebenshchikov.

Klitschko admits to getting angry when the fight was stopped. He charged after Solis and several members of Vitali's team had to restrain him. Klitschko didn't believe that he landed a punch hard enough to knock Solis out.

"I was a little bit angry when I saw that Solis was conscious, but he didn't get up. At first I also thought that he faking the injury, so I stormed after him. The punch was hard, but not hard enough for a knockout. Solis, I wish him a speedy recovery and I regret the fight didn't last longer," Klitschko said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Joeyzagz on 03-23-2011

Look at Fatty's left foot BEFORE the punch! Thats key. [IMG]http://i51.tinypic.com/w9jkuq.jpg[/IMG] It is SLIDING, ungrounded, untethered whatever you want to call it. The ring surface and Oldaniers shoes did more than poor Vitali did. Bogus "ko"

Comment by khepesh on 03-21-2011

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;10267631]It was an embarrassment! At least Tyson used to smack people around in the first couple of rounds, before the curtain fell. And even [I]that[/I] got old. These guys mostly swiped at air before a questionable blow by Vitali led…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 03-21-2011

[QUOTE=Bull24;10267498]To be honest I can see why most boxing networks have lost interest in the heavyweight division. I just watched it and it was an anti-climatic show.[/QUOTE] It was an embarrassment! At least Tyson used to smack people around in…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 03-21-2011

[QUOTE=Mr. Invincible;10267438]Because Vitali has gotten beaten only by injury. This takes away from the win clearly which is why Vitali needs the truth to be fact overall. [B]The injury was due to Solis losing his equilibrium from a punch. [U]Anyone…

Comment by Bull24 on 03-21-2011

To be honest I can see why most boxing networks have lost interest in the heavyweight division. I just watched it and it was an anti-climatic show.

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