GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) - Wladimir Klitschko again showed
his dominance of the heavyweight division, stopping Ruslan Chagaev
in a hastily put together title fight Saturday night before 61,000 fans at a German soccer stadium.
The IBF and WBO champion added the Ring Magazine belt to his haul, knocking Chagaev down in the second round and opening a cut over the Uzbekistan-born fighter's left eye in the eighth.
Referee Eddie Cotton stopped the fight before the 10th round.
Chagaev, who is the WBA's "champion in recess," did little more than raise a deep bruise under Klitschko's right eye. He was done in by the Ukrainian's height advantage and superior power.
The sellout crowd was the biggest boxing audience in Germany since Max Schmeling knocked out Adolf Heuser in front of 70,000 people in Stuttgart in 1939.