Klitschko Retains WBC Title

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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Vitali Klitschko has retained the WBC
heavyweight title by stopping Juan Carlos Gomez in the ninth round
on Saturday night.

The 37-year-old Klitschko twice put down the Germany-based Cuban
defector, in the seventh and ninth, before the referee Daniel Van
de Wiele stopped the fight with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining in
the round.

Klitschko improved his career record to 37-2 (36 KOs), his last loss coming to Lennox Lewis in June 2003.

The Ukrainian was making the first defense of the WBC title he
reclaimed by stopping Samuel Peter last October, which followed a
four-year retirement largely because of injuries.

The 35-year-old Gomez was the mandatory challenger and a former
sparring partner of Klitschko, and was seeking to become the first
world heavyweight champion from Cuba.