Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye didn't produce many fireworks today in rainy Hamburg. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Wladimir Klitschko didn't get his knockout, but he got his win, outboxing rival David Haye in a pretty routine heavyweight fight that by the end had turned into a typical Klitschko title defense. Klitschko retained on scores of 118-108, 117-109 and 116-110. Bad Left Hook scored it a slightly closer 115-111, but this was a clear Klitschko victory, and there's no doubt about that.
Haye (25-2, 23 KO) attempted to land a single big knockout shot for most of the fight, and did sting Klitschko a couple of times, including a good right hand in the 12th round that definitely shook the champion. But Klitschko was largely able to dictate the pace of the rounds, and outlanded Haye pretty significantly. Haye may have landed the three biggest shots of the fight, but that just wasn't enough.
Those who expected a dramatic, power-packed fight are surely disappointed by a rather quiet affair, but I'm sure this isn't far off from what many expected, or at least what many feared. In the end, it wound up being Klitschko simply better than yet another fighter.
Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO) has now established himself as without question the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, as this was the last ditch challenge, for all intents and purposes. There's still Tomasz Adamek, who will face Vitali Klitschko on September 10, but once that's done -- and if it goes as expected -- the Klitschkos will frankly be out of even potentially interesting opponents. There are no prospects really close to the level it's going to take to beat them, and frankly both might retire before we ever see another Klitschko loss.