Rahman no match for Klitschko

MANNHEIM - Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his IBF heavyweight crown by stopping Hasim Rahman in the seventh round at SAP Arena on Saturday.

MANNHEIM - Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his IBF heavyweight crown by stopping Hasim Rahman in the seventh round at SAP Arena on Saturday.

Klitschko hit the shorter, older and heavier Rahman at will throughout, and after landing a left-right-left combination against the cornered American, referee Tony Weeks stepped in to end the contest 44 seconds into the round. Rahman didn't appear upset.

Klitschko had knocked down Rahman in the previous round with successive left hooks in the one-sided bout before more than 10000 spectators.

The technical knockout in Klitschko's sixth defense of the IBF belt - and third this year - improved the Ukrainian-born fighter to 52-3 with 46 KOs.

He hasn't lost in more than four years. - Sapa-AP

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