Klitschko keeps title after defeating Sosnowski

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Kevin Grech
30 May 2010, 12:00am
Vitali Klitschko beat challenger Albert Sosnowski by technical knock-out, ending the Pole's bid to become his country's first heavyweight champion. Towering over his lighter opponent, Klitschko clinched a successful defence of his WBC title when the fight was stopped in the 10th round. The 38-year-old Ukrainian dominated the fight, with the younger Sosnowski forced to work to the body after failing to connect to the head. "Albert gave everything ... but experience played an important role," Klitschko told some 60,000 spectators after the contest in Schalke's football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Keeping Sosnowski at bay with an outstretched left arm throughout much of the bout, Klitschko baited the challenger before hammering the shorter man down to the canvas with an explosive combination that ended the fight. Klitschko may now turn his attention to Britain's David Haye, who holds the WBA title. Vitali's brother Vladimir holds the WBO, IBF and IBO belts. "I have plenty of dry power left to fire," Klitschko said from the ring. "I hope the next fight will be soon. We'll see who'll be next, maybe David Haye." Haye, 29, who has a 24-1 record, has said the Klitschko brothers consistently pick "over-the-hill" opponents, and angered the pair when he appeared at a news conference wearing a T-shirt that depicted him holding their bloodied and severed heads. Speaking to journalists after the fight from his locker room, Klitschko said he would be happy if either he or his brother gets to face Haye in the ring. "He talks a lot and insults his opponents - in America they'd call him a 'trash talker'. I'd be just as happy if it's Vladimir who beats him or I," he said. Klitschko now has 40 victories from 42 fights with two defeats.
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