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Monday, 26 March, 2001, 08:39 GMT 09:39 UK
Klitschko retains WBO title
Klitschko and Jefferson
Klitschko had little trouble hitting Jefferson
Wladimir Klitschko stopped Derrick Jefferson in the second round to retain his WBO Heavyweight title.

The Ukrainian sent the American to the canvas three times and eventually dropped Jefferson with a straight right in the second round, catching the American on a swollen left eye.

Jefferson had sustained the injury from the first round knock-down that may have already left him blinded on one side.


I used his mistakes that is what boxing is all about
  Wladimir Klitschko

Known for his wild style, Jefferson charged out at the Ukrainian from the opening seconds.

But it was clear the fight wasn't going to last long when he missed with a right which Klitschko punished him for.

The 1996 Olympic super heavyweight champion jarred Jefferson with a short left jab who went down with 30 seconds left in the first round.

Jefferson struggled to his feet, but stumbled around wildly until Klitschko sent him back down and the fight was stopped.

Lewis fight?

The blows did not look clean, but the American was having trouble staying on his feet.

"It went the way I wanted it to. I used his mistakes, that is what boxing is all about", said Klitschko, now 36-1 with 33 knockouts.

The 25-year-old said he hoped to fight Lennox Lewis - regarded by most as the undisputed heavyweight champion.

"If it's this year or next, I don't care. The most important thing is he doesn't retire", the Ukrainian said.

Klitschko won the lightly regarded WBO title in October by beating American Chris Byrd over 12 months ago.

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