21.3.09

V. Klitschko v. Gomez: Round By Round

ESPN is wasting no time with the broadcast of the heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez. The fighters are already in the ring. Michael Buffer is handling the intros. Because of the broadcast is on basic cable we are forced to see commercials in place of the fighter introductions. So I'm assuming that once this commercial break is finished we will be at the beginning of the first round.

Gomez is currently the number 9 ranked heavyweight in the world. This is the first time Vitali has defended his WBC heavyweight title. The crowd is clearly pro-Klitschko.

Round 1
There is certainly a height difference between these fighters, Vitali having the advantage. Gomez goes to work immediately with a flurry and catches Vitali. Vitali keeps Gomez away with some long jabs. Vitali has yet to throw a right hand. Vitali is patient, not throwing any power punches and waits for Gomez to make a mistake. They each paw with their lead hands. Gomez lands a hook to the body and head. Vitali looks a bit awkward in the first round. Gomez lands a left hook to the head. I give round 1 to Gomez.

Spartan117: 10-9 Gomez
Uatu: 10-9 Gomez
Franchise: Gomez

Round 2
Vitali throws 2 hooks and misses and Gomez gets inside and lands 2 hooks of his own upstairs. Gomez is doing a good job getting inside. Vitali's hands look slow which is why he's not landing a whole lot. Vitali lands a jab to the body and the head. Vitali now lands a straight right hand. Gomez sticks out his tongue. This is a much better round for Vitali. The crowd starts to chant his name. Vitali misses with a right hand and Gomez lands a counter. Vitali lands a shot well after the bell.

Spartan117: 10-9 Klitschko
Uatu: 10-9 Klitschko
Franchise: Klitschko

Round 3
Gomez goes to work early again and throws a flurry. Gomez charges forward again to get inside and lands a few soft punches. Vitlali goes back to the jab. Gomez lands a left to the body and they tie up. Vitali lands a right hand to the face of Gomez. Vitali lands another right hand that lands flush. Gomez throws a hook that puts him off-balance and Vitali lands a jab. The two tie up again and they both try to get some shots in. Not much action in round 3.

Spartan117: 10-9 Klitschko
Uatu: 10-9 Klischko
Franchise: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 4
Klitschko sticks to throwing his jab. Vitali follows up with a right hook that lands and the crowd cheers. Vitali is landing his punches flush. Gomez's eye is starting to swell. Gomez is really having trouble getting inside now. Gomez now tries to get inside but it results in a clinch. The ref tells Gomez to watch his head. Lots of clinching going on in the last minute.

Spartan117: 10-9 Klitschko
Uatu: 10-9 Klitschko
Franchise: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 5
Gomez's eye is starting to really swell and appears bloodshot. Vitali is focusing on that eye now and landing all of his jabs there. Vitali throws a body shot. Gomez's eye is now bleeding. Gomez can't get out of the way of Vitali's punches now. Vitali hangs his arms below his waist. Vitali lands a great left hand and Gomez stumbles. Gomez's eye is in bad shape now. The ref doesn't look like he has any interest in stopping the action to examine it. Great round for Vitali.

Spartan117: 10-9 Klitschko
Uatu: 10-9 Klitschko
Franchise: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 6
Klitschko is really landing his jab well. Things have gone from bad to worse with Gomez. Gomez keeps grappling now which shows he's tired. Gomez now trips and falls. Vitali is controlling this fight. His punches don't look like that have enough power behind them to knock Gomez out but I hope he surprises me. Now blood is pouring from the top of the head, behind the hairline of Klitschko's. It had to be caused from a headbutt.

Spartan117: 10-9 Klitschko
Uatu: 10-9 Klitschko
Franchise: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 7
Gomez's eye is almost swollen shut. Gomez just keeps clinching. There have been a lot of breaks in the action due to Gomez tying up. Vitali leans into a huge right hand from Vitali and Gomez goes down. Gomez is in big trouble. He gets up and Vitali punishes him in the corner. Gomez is trying to clinch to stay alive. Gomez grabs him and falls down. It's ruled a slip and Gomez barely makes it out of the round.

Spartan117: 10-8 Klitschko
Uatu: 10-8 Klitschko
Franchise: 10-8 Klitschko

Round 8
Gomez looks like he has his legs back and tries to get inside. Gomez clearly needs a knockout now to win this and it looks highly unlikely. Gomez clinches again. Gomez is loading up on his right hand which he needs to do. Klitschko tries to catch Gomez as he comes in. Klitschko lands a good jab. Gomez gets rocked by another big right hand. It looked like Gomez was thinking about quitting by turning his back, but he turned back around to take a few more punches before the end of the round.

Spartan117: 10-9 Klitschko
Uatu: 10-9 Klitschko
Franchise: 10-9 Klitschko

Round 9
Gomez lands another huge right hand. Another cut opens over the other eye of Gomez. Gomez gets rocked by another power right hand and Gomez goes down. I can't believe his corner hasn't stopped this. Gomez gets clocked again and now Gomez turns his back and quits.

The winner by TKO at 1:48 of Round 9... and still WBC Heavyweight Champion... Vitali Klitschko.

Posted by spartan117

6 comments:

uatu said...

Gomez looks ok in there. not a lot of action in round 1. vitali didn't land anything significant.

uatu said...

vitali looking a little slow. he is throwing more now and throwing those thudding rights in round 2

uatu said...

vitali has nice offensive skills, especially for a heavy. he keeps throwing this baby left lead hook that is like a jab but it wraps around gomez's right guard. vitali is taking control.

gomez doesn't have the power to scare vitali it looks like.

uatu said...

honestly there isn't anyone right now that I would be overly excited to see vitali fight.

maybe haye

The Franchise said...

I believe the one thing that might get me pumped about the heavyweight division is if Haye fights and beats Wlad, setting up a revenge/unification bout with Vitali. I don't think that's going to happen, but I can always dream...

uatu said...

Vitali can be hit. Gomez hit him every now and then, but to make the fight interesting who ever he fights needs to have some steam in his shots or they are never going to be able to withstand his offensive onslaught for the whole fight and they will lose.

Maybe Haye can bring enough power to make the fight have some suspense. if he can't the size difference is going to wear him down and Doc Ironfist will KO him too.