GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine defended his World Boxing Council heavyweight championship belt last night with a 10th-round knockout of Albert Sosnowski of Poland.
Klitschko improved his record to 42-2 (38 KOs) after the ring referee called the 12-round bout following a left-right combination to Sosnowski’s head 2 minutes 30 seconds into the 10th.
Sosnowski (45-2-2, 27 KOs), looking to become the first Polish heavyweight world champion, was gradually worn down by the taller and heavier Klitschko.
“I am very happy to have defended my title. I had really good preparation and was in top form,’’ said the 38-year-old Klitschko, who had his brother, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization world heavyweight champion Wladimir, in his corner.
“I saw that he is still young and made some mistakes and I took advantage of them.’’
Sosnowski, 31, called Klitschko “a great fighter.’’
“I gave everything I had,’’ Sosnowski said. “But he kept pressuring me and I was tired. I could have kept boxing but in the next round I would have lost probably.’’
Klitschko said he would like to fight either World Boxing Association title-holder David Haye or Nikolai Valuev.
Sosnowski, a former European champion, worked hard the first two rounds to keep Klitschko from attempting his right and relying on his left.
The Pole could not land many shots to the body of the champion, who had 20 pounds on Sosnowski.
The challenger had a strong third round with three decent connections with the left to Klitschko’s head.
Klitschko began beating down Sosnowski in the fifth round with three strong lefts to the head. And the Pole had his first bloody nose after five rounds.
The champ took over in the ninth with a combination and a big right to the head before finally landing the finishing left-right flurry.