Results so far from Switzerland
- #59 Johnathon Banks TKO round 1 Marcel Zeller
No major surprise here
- #45 Alexander Ustinov decision 12 #145 Monte Barrett
Barrett fought a game fight against the bigger foe, beating him to the punch at times, while Ustinov tried to smother Monte.
Monte aggressive. Ustinov frustrated, trying to wrestle Barrett and fling him around. Ustinov is very quick for his size (300 lbs), but is having a hard time wth Barrett's elusiveness. He's trying to crush Monte to the canvas every chance he gets, using his elbows and putting his weight on him. Barrett down several times from Ustinov pushes and elbows in final rounds, but no actual knockdowns.
A very ugly fight, hard to score. Not a surprise that Ustinov gets the decision in Europe, but Monte fought a really courageous fight. This says something about Ustinov compared to Haye and Solis, perhaps?
Klitschko - Johnson round-by-round scoring
Wladimir is overseeing the taping of Johnson's gloves. Johnson entering the ring now. Klitschko entering to AC/DC, hilarious montage with testimonials from great heavyweights Foreman, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis patting his stomach "Are you still fighting? ...I'm only a few pounds away!" National anthems play. Introductions being made by Buffer. Johnson not popular with the crowd. Vitali is, not surprisingly. Referee giving instructions.
- Pawing going on a la Wlad and Ibragimov. Both staying at distance. Johnson not using sideways stance. Johnson against ropes, leans away. Johnson leaning back with his head like Ali vs. Foreman. Johnson using his hands well to block Vitali, who gets a few overhand shots in. Johnson not getting many jabs in. No big shots from Vitali, more pawing. Klitschko 10-9
- Johnson has unorthodox strategy, Vitali coming in stronger this round. Johnson's defense not bad but he can't get his jabs in. Vitali more agressive. Vitali two good shots, Johnson eggs him on! Johnson not returning much. Klitschko 10-9 (20-18)
- Both fighters in center well before start of round. Johnson bobbing head to avoid Klitschko's hands. Vitali not connecting like he did against Arreola. Johnson still unable to return fire. Egging him on again, shaking his head, ducking and blocking with his hands. But he's losing the rounds. Vitali has all the time in the world to decide how to start his combinations, as Johnson is only counterpunching occasionally. Now they're mixing it up a bit as the round ends. Klitschko 10-9 (30-27)
- Johnson is sort of confusing Vitali, not that it's going to win him any rounds. Vitali is pulling away from Johnson's jabs so they don't connect. In a way they're fighting the same fight, lots of head fakes and standing toe to toe. Johnson is actively talking to him, gets in a good jab. It's amusing to see his attitude at least. Klitschko 10-9 (40-36)
- Klitschko looks like he's trying something a bit different to get to Johnson. Keeping his guard very low to confuse Johnson re: angle of attack. But it's not working as well as what he was doing before, as Johnson's gotten a few good jabs in while Vitali is missing a lot. Johnson got as many jabs as Klitschko punch attempts. 10-10 (Klitschko 50-46)
- Klitschko upping the agressiveness again, perhaps frustrated by last round. Vitali getting in decent shots now, not afraid of anything Johnson has in return. But he is avoiding getting hit with the big shots. Klitschko 10-9 (60-55)
- Klitschko taking some jabs as he tries to come in with hard shots. Hard to see how Johnson is planning to win at this point, or whether going the distance is his goal. Johnson jabbing more often. Not a dominant round by Klitschko, who has a small cut above his eye from some of those jabs. 10-10 (Klitschko 70-65)
- Good right hands by Klitschko. Johnson not looking hurt. Johnson hanging on. Vitali still has small cut above eye. More of the same for most of the round. What will Johnson do in the last four rounds to turn the tide? Or is he just hanging on? Klitschko 10-9 (80-74)
- Johnson jabbing more, using combinations. Showing more offense but still walked down by Vitali. Klitschko misses most of a big right hand. Johnson still taunting, ducking, slipping punches, ocassional jab in return, most miss. Klitschko 10-9 (90-83)
- Three rounds left, how much does Vitali want the KO? Apparently not that much as there's been little action this round. Johnson is blocking everything, not returning jabs any more. So far Johnson looks a lot better after 9 1/2 than Arreola, Gomez, or Peter, certainly, as only Arreola made it this far. Johnson got tagged once and invited Vitali to keep punching. Good shots at very end of round by both, jab and right hand. Klitschko 10-9 (100-92)
- It looks like the battle of wills comes down to Johnson surviving all 12 rounds. Vitali doesn't want that to happen. Johnson isn't trying to win at this point. Vitali pressing the action, puts Johnson against the ropes. Johnson's jab is far less active. Still blocking well with his hands. Unless Johnson has a master plan for the final round, this is a lopsided decision is Kingpin can hold on. Good exchange with less than a minute left, both fighters still have some pop. Jabs from Johnson, combos from Vitali. Johnson comes out at end swinging! Klitschko 10-9 (110-101)
- Klitschko wants the KO. Johnson returning fire. Theatrics from both fighters. Johnson still isn't hurt. Klitschko can't get the hard shots in, but he's trying, getting a few in. Unloading and hitting, but not enough to knock Johnson down. Johnson makes it to the end. Wladimir and Johnson pushing at end of fight! Klitschko 10-9, overall: Klitschko 120-110.
Not sure what to make of this, but it went somewhat I figured: that Johnson had a good chance of making it the distance and without being badly hurt, but wouldn't do much offensively. Johnson gets a moral victory and people have to take him seriously at least as a fighter that's hard to KO. But he never threatened Vitali and there was no point in the fight where he looked dangerous.
Final scorecard results: 120-108 x 2, 119-109. No real surprise; I gave 2 even rounds, one judge gave some round to Johnson, probably the 5th.