MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 18: Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine rests during his the WBC heavyweight World Championship title fight against Dereck Chisora of the UK on February 18, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
41 is just a number.
The proud owner of one of the most impressive knockout rates in heavyweight boxing history, WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, will be stepping into the ring for the 47th time this afternoon, having gone the distance a paltry four times in victory.
Opposing him is unbeaten Manuel Charr, a former Muay Thai champion in his native Germany who will be fighting for just the second time on foreign soil.
MMAmania.com will have LIVE coverage of the main event today (Sept. 8, 2012), which should kick off around 5:00 p.m. ET on Germany's RTL channel.
This fight, on tape delay, will open the broadcast for "Ward vs. Dawson," set to go down later tonight. If you don't want to be spoiled, close the browser and walk away. We won't judge you.
Quick results and play-by-play after the jump.
WBC Heavyweight Championship: Vitali Klitschko def. Manuel Charr by TKO (Cut) in Round Four
Round one: Charr circling early, Vitali in his standard plodding style with his lead hand low. Vitali gets Charr against the ropes but can't capitalize. Vitali getting a couple combinations off; Charr is just circling and covering up when Vitali actually throws. Nice right to the body from Vitali. Whenever Charr covers up, Vitali probes at his guard with his jab and right, but can't get through so far. Right to the body again from Vitali and lands a glancing right straight. Charr finally attacks and lands a glancing left hook. Charr continues trying to come forward but eats a big coutner right at the bell. 10-9 Klitschko.
Round two: Nice chopping right and jab connect for Vitali. Right to the body. Four straight jabs connect for Vitali, then a right straight. Vitali opening up as Charr waves him on, landing with both hands. Things slow back down a minute in. Three jabs and a straight, followed by a right to the body. Charr swings once in a while, but he can't reach Vitali's head. As I write that, a decent-looking hook and uppercut connect for Charr to no effect. Body blows and short right by Klitschko. Charr lands a right and eats one. Charr comes on late and starts to connect, but eats a right coming in and drops. Charr's up and looks okay at the bell. 20-17 Klitschko.
Round three: That might not have been a legit knockdown, but anyway. Things right back on pace in the third, with Vitali thudding away at Charr's guard while Charr stands there unable to hit him. Glancing right and a jab connect for Vitali. Charr moving forward now, but eating jabs as he does, though one hook gets through.. Right to the body from Vitali and another. Nice right from Vitali amidst a stream of jabs. Short left hook for Charr, then one to the body at the bell. All Klitschko so far. 30-26.
Round four: Right to the body from Vitali as he continues jabbing the bejeesus out of Charr. Another one to the body. Charr now cut and eats a clean one-two. Charr charges after him and lands a right during a flurry, but a Vitali right changes his mind and they reset. Ref taking Charr aside to look at the cut; I can't tell how deep it is, but it doesn't look like it's in a good place. Looks like it was a very short left hook from Vitali that cut him
And they're stopping it. Huh. Didn't look that bad. Charr throwing a fit, but it was pretty obvious where the fight was going..
Final Result: Klitschko def. Charr by TKO (cut)