This day in history: Vitali Klitschko forced Samuel Peter to surrender in the 8th round


On this day, October 11, 2008, at the O2 World arena in Berlin (Germany), a twelve-round heavyweight fight between Vitali Klitschko and Samuel Peter took place for the WBC world title, which at that time belonged to a boxer from Nigeria.

For 37-year-old Vitaly, this fight was the first since December 2004, when he defeated Briton Danny Williams and announced his retirement due to injuries that followed him.

The fight with Peter began under the dictation of Vitaly, who kept the opponent at a convenient distance for himself due to the length of his arms and work with a jab, gradually breaking him. Peter could not feel his rhythm and unanimously “flew” on points, accumulating damage. In the interval between the 8th and 9th rounds, the Nigerian refused to continue the fight.

After this fight, Vitali Klitschko spent nine more successful title defenses, after which, in 2012, he finally completed his professional career in order to go into politics.

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