9 Sep 2012

Klitschko holds onto belt

12:49 pm on 9 September 2012

Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko has successfully defended his WBC heavyweight boxing title in Moscow after the referee stopped his bout with Germany's Manuel Charr in the fourth round due to a cut over the challenger's right eye.

The fight was stopped with 56 seconds remaining in the round.

Klitschko improved his record to 45 and 2, while Charr, who was unbeaten before his meeting with Ukraine's 41-year-old veteran, fell to 21 and 1.

Fighting in the 30,000-seater Olimpiyski indoor sports arena, the hugely-experienced Klitschko started the bout as a hot favourite in what was his 17th world heavyweight championship fight.

The German was furious with the decision, kicking the ropes in his anger, but it was clear from the amount of blood that there was no way he could continue.